On Friday 15th September, we were delighted to mark our 10th anniversary of giving this year by awarding five grant recipients a total of $242,470 at our Gala Dinner with 350 guests at the Hyatt Regency Perth.
The 2023 grant recipients were shortlisted from a competitive field of more than 120 applications from Australian organisations running local, national and global grassroots initiatives that support and empower women and girls.
The recipients were chosen through a member voting process and include four projects in Australia and one in India, directly benefiting 2,250 women and girls. The grassroots projects vary across several areas of focus; from education programs to prevent child marriage, post-natal care of mothers in the regions and health/wellbeing education for disadvantaged CaLD communities. There are also several projects focusing on women’s safety such as specialist workshops, health care and leasing opportunities for female victims of family and domestic violence.
These organisations provide crucial ongoing support and care to women and girls in Australia and around the world.
Each year our members have the important task of voting for their favourite grant finalists after a six month grant-making process. Members are working together as a collective to make significant and positive changes for women and girls. This year, our member voting outcomes were incredibly close which speaks volumes about the quality and critical need of the projects presented to them. These evidence-based programs will be providing safety to women and girls, they will be educating them, improving access to healthcare, and giving opportunities for a brighter futureAlicia Curtis, 100 Women Co Founder
100 Women’s national brand partners Ostelin, who have been supporting the annual grants program since 2022, were delighted with the grant recipient projects selected in 2023. General Manager of Sanofi (Ostelin’s parent company), Gladys Peters, said Ostelin and 100 Women’s renewed partnership is an important opportunity to have a greater impact on Australian women’s lives.
“Together, Ostelin and 100 Women are aiming to balance the playing field so that every woman and girl has access to health, education, safety and economic freedoms. By building awareness of 100 Women and our ‘Project Strong’ campaign, we can strive towards instilling much needed change for women across the nation”
Since 2014, 100 Women have provided financial support to 35 organisations around the world with 39 initiatives that have empowered almost 37,000 women and girls toward a more equitable future.
2023 Grant Recipients:
Orana House – Perth, WA: $50,000 to connect socially-conscious landlords with 50 women and 140 children fleeing family domestic violence and seeking secure private rentals.
The Hunger Project Australia – Bihar, India: $50,000 to enable 1,400 at-risk adolescent girls to receive education, training and long-term support to reduce forced child marriages and drive intergenerational change on this challenging issue.
The Radiance Network South West – South West Western Australia: $49,828 to offer early 1:1 support for 80 mothers and their children facing perinatal mental health issues.
The Water Well Project – VIC/TAS/NSA/SA: $49,592 to deliver 50 education sessions to 700 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in order to improve health literacy and remove gender-related barriers to accessing health services.
Cana Communities Inc – Perth, WA: $43 050 to improve the mental and physical health of 20 homeless and other marginalised women through specialist community nursing services and art therapy.
We would also like to acknowledge the three remaining finalists that put forward an incredible project for submission. They also received a $500 donation from 100 Women – Zen Tea Lounge Foundation, Mama Respond and LIVEFree Project.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
On the night we were delighted to award the 2nd annual Ostelin Strong Volunteer of the Year Award to our founding Grants Co Chair Kristy Rodwell who has led the grants program since inception with positivity, integrity and kindness. Congratulations Kristy!
Kristy is a 100 Women champion. Her knowledge and expertise has been vital in establishing the 100 Women’s grant making program. She has inspired so many members guiding them in the grant-making team every year and supported many organisations in sharing her knowledge in how to apply for grants. She has a deep passion for the power of philanthropy to do good in the world, especially through helping women and girls. Kirsty has been one of our most committed and talented volunteers and has been a core part of the team since the very beginning!
Sarah Pothecary, Ostelin with Kristy Rodwell (right).
There are around 35 volunteers working with 100 Women at the moment and they are all incredible contributors to our vision. Sincere thanks again!
HIDDEN HEROES EXHIBITION
Not only did we celebrate our new grant recipients for 2023, but the 100 Women “Hidden Heroes” Exhibition was also launched at the event featuring 19 of our previous grant recipients and the faces behind the grassroots projects. Many of the grant recipients joined us at the event to celebrate their collective achievements and a very special thanks again to Stef King, 100 Women Member and professional photographer, for working with us on this beautiful exhibition.
What an amazing night we had! But none of this was possible without these incredible partners and supporters!
Ostelin, Perth Audio Visual, Hyatt Regency Perth, Wesfarmers, Helping Hand, Phenomenon, Visagio, AussieOS, Matt Jelonek Photographer, Journey Recruitment, WOOD Group, Prescription Entertainment, DJ Bronia, Brand Aid Productions, House Digital, RPS, COMO The Treasury, The Leaders Lobby, Midlife Inspiration Yoga, Studio Noah Pet Photography, Artitja Fine Art Gallery, Finer Details Concierge Service, Not Yet Perfect Pottery, Wandering Gin Distillery, Capital Partners Private Wealth, Shakti Shanti, Nauti Picnics, Flight Club, Wholesome, Humanitas HR, Tarkine, Be Your Own Muse, Sandy Bay Holiday Park, Dinner Twist, Ellenny Swimwear, Tate Wines, Hidden Detours, CMS Events, WASO, Black Swan Theatre Company, Swan River Distillery, Tabooze, Alba Gomez, AT Career Transitions, The Dream Body Coach, Paint and Gather.