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WSLA Catalyst Grant

The AWF is pleased to announce the introduction of a special Catalyst Grant as part of the AWF Fund. The Catalyst Grant is exclusively available for Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) graduates both in and outside the UK and its purpose is to enable graduates of WSLA to advance the women and sport movement in their countries/regions/organisations. 

For example, the Grant could be used to: implement initiatives promoting networking and coalition building, develop action plans for the advancement of women and sport, deliver a Women’s leadership programme, develop a mentoring programme, or consider the recommendations of the Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport.

Grant Amount: 

Grants from £500 up to £1000 will be available (payable in pounds sterling).

Criteria for support: 

  • Initiatives must be led by a WSLA Graduate(s)
  • Initiatives must be implemented to support girls and women who face particular challenges
  • Initiatives should benefit other women in sport and contribute to the building or enhancement of the women and sport movement 
  • Initiatives should have clear timeframes and deliverables outlined 
  • Resources should include locally sourced financial/in-kind support 


AWF website
IWG Montreal ToolKit
Women in Paralympic Sport Leadership
From Brighton to Helsinki: Women and Sport Progress Report 1994 - 2014

Items that will not be funded:

  • Conference participation costs for individuals (unless part of a clear strategy for how this achieves the primary aim of the initiative)
  • The purchasing of personal equipment (e.g. laptops)
  • Training course fees for individuals

Application Process:

  • Applications should be submitted using the Application Form 
  • Applications may be sent at any time and will be determined by the AWF according to the following dates:
    • applications received by 01 May will have a decision made by the end of May
    • applications received by 01 September will have a decision made by the end of September
    • applications received by 01 December will have a decision made by the end of January
  • Successful applicants will be informed by email
  • Approved grantees will be required to sign an agreement with AWF before disbursement of funds

Please contact Lombe Mwambwa, AWF International Adviser (, if you need help or advice as you develop your proposal.

Please note that although applications can be received throughout the year, grants will be approved and disbursed based on availability of funds.


  • Grantees will be required to submit updates, pictures and other communication material during the initiative
  • Grantees are required to submit a report no more than five weeks after the initiative has been completed
  • Learnings from the Catalyst grants will be shared widely to encourage good practice
  • By submitting updates, pictures and a report you are agreeing that these, or extracts from these, can be used on the AWF, WSLA or University of Chichester website. Any images of children under the age of 18 must have consent from parents/carers for them to be used.