How To Write a Great Grant Submission – Women in Business Edition

If you are thinking of or in the process of applying for the 2023 Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant then this Panel discussion is designed for you.

A mix of previous recipients, past grant judges and the lead administrators will have a discussion around the key areas of writing a successful grant application including:

  • Eligibility
  • answering grant questions effectively
  • knowing your audience
  • supporting documentation

Though this session will have a focus on the Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant, general and practical information on grant writing will be provided.

This workshop has limited spots and a light lunch will be provided.


Amanda Cole, Co-Founder, Growth Education Institute – Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Judge 2021 and 2022

Having facilitated over 100 strategy workshops and Chaired the advisory boards of 8 companies, from start-up to $500 million in turnover, Amanda Cole is recognised as an expert in strategic growth for small and medium businesses. Amanda has founded two companies, sold two, been an investor in an online retailing business and a catering company, and Chairs the advisory board of a family car rental business with her husband Peter Clark, founder of Crazy Clarks. Her strategy knowledge is based on working with small business owners in Brisbane for the last twenty years and experiencing what works to assist small businesses to grow.

She is the co-founder of Growth Education Institute (groei), Australia’s first virtual multi-level mentoring program, designed to help regional small businesses grow sustainably. Amanda is also a Chairman with leading peer mentoring business The Executive Connection (TEC) and is in the top five percent of Chairs nationally, winning eight awards for Chair excellence, and was the first female Chair in Australia.

Amanda is the recipient of the Centenary Medal for business and winner of the Telstra Young Business Women Award (Qld) in 2000.

Debbie Bauer, Founder & Creative Director, Urban Metal – 2021 Grant Recipient

As a designer with over 10-years experience in the industry and a passion for art, design and architecture, Deborah’s mission for Urban Metal is to enhance experience through creativity and design, elevating spaces to bring people together.

Deb is a big picture thinker, loves taking ideas outside of the box and is a huge advocate for active design—the creation of people-focussed spaces which are intentionally designed to promote wellness of the mind and body.

Constantly curious, an innovator, a quick thinker and uncompromising on standards. She has built a team of experts and an organisation which constantly strives to add the human element to each and every design, executed with precision, from design to installation.

Vickie Saunders, Founder, The Brand Builders – 2021 Grant Recipient

Vickie prefers to carve out a path rather than walk the beaten one. Over the last decade, she’s launched and grown several successful businesses while staying true to herself, her values, and her passions.

Having cut her teeth in bid writing and marketing, she launched a consulting and education firm that supports athletes and sports organisations in their quest for greater visibility, marketability and commercial value. Her unique approach meant that she was (and is) in hot demand from sports organisations all around the globe, sending her (and her books) off on many adventures. From speaking at a More Sport, Less Guns conference in the tiny island of Trinidad & Tobago to the APEC Conference for Sport and Peace in Tawain. Vickie enjoys working with organisations like the USA Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Sport England, the Australian Institute of Sport, ASICS and Deloitte Singapore (to name a few).

Always bringing her A-game, Vickie’s strategic, purposeful and holistic approach makes sure the training delivered is a win-win for everyone involved, whether that’s achieving goals and outcomes, shifting mindsets and behaviours, or working with organisations to put the joy back into work.

12:30 pm • 90 minutes


Brisbane Economic Development Agency



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