Will your town be a Seed Scheme Town in 2020?

Regional Australia Bank & THE Seed Scheme are on the search for 5 incredible rural communities, with amazing rural women who are ready to get ACTIVATED in business in 2020!

Are you a passionate and connected local who understands how important women-led business is for the success of their community and
who are excited to see more of them thrive in 2020!

In 2020 – Regional Australia Bank has committed to support 50 women from 5 different towns/communities in rural Australia to start or grow their enterprise (business) – rejuvenating local communities and helping families affected by drought by adding an additional $15,000-$50,000 to their income.




THE Seed Scheme is an initiative of The Rural Woman and with the support of Regional Australia Bank, we are providing 50 scholarships (of 80%) to women in business in 5 communities in rural Australia in 2020. 

In this day and age, geographic location shouldn’t be a barrier to building a successful business so we help women realise their business dreams and achieve success, by providing structured online business training, group mentoring and peer-to-peer learning as well as national and local networking opportunities. 

Since 2018 we’ve provided 100 scholarships to women in 9 different towns in Australia with thanks to Narromine Shire Council and Regional Australia Bank including:

  • Narromine Shire
  • Warrumbungle Shire
  • Temora Shire
  • Glen Innes Shire
  • Walgett Shire
  • Gunnedah Shire
  • Yarrawonga Shire
  • Roma/Maranoa Region
  • Woolgoolga

And now we’re wondering if we are going to add YOUR TOWN to this list in 2020?


We know THE Seed Scheme works really well in rural communities when there is a passionate advocate and champion for the project! If that’s you – and you LOVE seeing women succeed – and maybe you want to be one of the women supported – then we are looking for you!!

Questions to ask yourself before submitting an Expression of Interest

  • Would there be 10 women in my town/village/community/local government area/regional centre/regional city/language group who would say a big YES to applying for a 12 month scholarship for weekly online group business support including training, mentoring and co-working?
  • What kind of businesses do you think we’d unearth in your area?
  • What difference would 10 new businesses make in your area?
  • Are you well networked and would you be willing to be our main contact in your town and share information freely and widely?

You can express interest on behalf of your local area by clicking the link or completing the form below.

NOTE – this does not guarantee your town a place in THE Seed Scheme! But it does get you a step closer!

NOTE 2 – this is an expression of interest on behalf of your whole town – not just you as an individual. However, you CAN express interest for your town and if it’s successful, then submit an application to be one of the 10 women supported in town (provided you meet the criteria!)

How Does It Work?

  • Expressions of Interest from Towns will close on Friday 27th December
  • Our selection panel will make a decision on which 5 Towns Regional Australia Bank will be supporting and we’ll let everyone know
  • Our local activators (that could be you) will help us connect with all the right people and we’ll host a special online event for these Towns
  • In early January we’ll launch campaigns to seek Expressions of Interest and Applications from Women in the 5 towns
  • 10 women in each town will be selected for participation in their local POD, a 6 Week ‘Start Your Business’ Online Program (starting in March 2020), will participate in a local event with their other POD Members and will be given access to 12 months of business support (amazing!!)


Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we’ll be in touch to get some more details and discuss your community. 

We are looking for 5 Towns that Regional Australia Bank can support in 2020 and it will be up to our panel to decide which are the 5! 

We’re Backing Women-Led Business In Rural Australia
Will The Women In Your Town Be Next?

Expressions of Interest are open NOW for your town/shire/region considered as host of a THE Seed Scheme POD of 10 women, sponsored through THE Seed Scheme; providing them support to start their new business with 12 months of weekly support, training, business tools, mentoring and connection to a national network and their fellow local POD members.

Help Us Unearth Talented Rural Women

THE Seed Scheme has been providing rural women access to education, networking, personal growth and business development support since 2018, supporting those women to start and grow businesses, succeed and reclaim their confidence, clarity and contectedness.

Women like Judi Unger (see left), who participated in the Narromine Shire POD and has achieved so many of her big dreams since including starting her business, joining a National Board and taking an incredible European vacation with her friends!!

What does THE Seed Scheme involve?

Once we’ve secured our 5 towns, we will open an Application process in those towns to find the amazing 10 women we are going to support. They’ll need to do a video and answer some questions, it’s not a difficult application at all – but we really want them to inspire us and motivate us to choose them!

Then – those women who are selected to receive a scholarship will participate in a 6 week business intensive (delivered online) that will give them the foundations of business and help them focus on what they are going to achieve in the coming 12 months.

During this time, they will also get together locally to engage in a really fun weekend together AND they will meet their Facilitator (online) who will support them for the next 12 months!

THE Seed Scheme helps them get clear on their business, build their confidence to succeed and provides amazing connections to help them live their dreams!

Once the 6 weeks is completed, they will then have access (for 12 months) to Weekly online training/mentoring in Business, Technology and Wellbeing as well as being part of a global community of rural women! They can tailor the support they receive to their own needs with a mix of live online training, recorded videos and online chat!

Sounds amazing right – and you could be the one who helps 10 women in YOUR town get access to this, by expressing interest TODAY!


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