Narromine Shire Council are inviting women who would like to start or grow a business to apply for a scholarship for participation in THE Seed Scheme.

THE Seed Scheme is one of the most exciting micro-focused projects in rural Australia.

Perhaps you are a rural woman who has been lacking the support you need to start your online business or bring that big idea to life or get an enterprise that matters to you off the ground.

Can we support you in your idea, enterprise or business for 1 full year?

So many courses and workshops and experiences are short lived – you get all hyped up and full of excitement and then the daily grind kicks in!

What if you could get that same buzz week in week out – and receive full support for a whole year, to get you stability, certainty and confidence back into your growth.

Getting started – and keeping going can be a challenge.

But with the support of THE Seed Scheme, those challenges can be more easily identified early and overcome with ease.

Narromine Shire Council is providing seed-funding for 10 women in Narromine to receive support to get their online micro-enterprise established and successfully trading in 2019-2020!

Applicants must reside in the postcode of 2821.

Applications close – Friday 25 October 2019, 5pm AEDT

Successful applicants announced – Friday 8 November 2019 by email

Fill out this form so we can send you an application pack.

To be eligible you must be willing to:

  • Commit to weekly training (online)
  • Contribute $6/week for 12 months. This is your ‘skin in the game’, and a way to pay it forward for the 80% scholarship you have received. Research shows contributing to your education means you are more likely to participate and succeed. Part of this $6/week helps fund the program tools and will provide more scholarships in the future and support to our global partners and the rest will be added to a fund that Members will be able to draw on later through micro-finance loans
  • Do the work that’s required to get products/services ready to sell with our support
  • Try new things
  • Agree to launch at least one product or service within 12 months of starting the program
  • Focus on doing what you love, being of service, profitability, and scalability


  1. Complete the online application form. You will be taken to this form when you click the ‘apply now’ button.
  2. Make a 2-3 minute VIDEO where you talk about:
  • Your DREAM. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
  • Your ideal customer
  • Your ideal product or service. What do you want to sell?
  • Your financial goal in the first 12 months of your business
  • Why we should seed-fund your business.


Once you’ve made your video you’ll need to upload it to youtube or vimeo.

We’ve prepared an upload guide for you here.


Have more questions about making a video? Check our out FAQs

If successful you will receive

  • Weekly LIVE online mentoring and training in business and technology (valued at $5,500)
  • Access to a dedicated POD Facilitator. The POD Facilitator helps you connect with fellow Seed Scheme Members and develop a local support network
  • Access to an online platform giving you CONNECTION to your pod members and other THE Rural Woman members.  You will have the ability to promote your events within this platform.
  • Access to a network of hundreds of rural women across the country who are also starting/running their own online business
  • 24/7 access to hundreds of hours of recorded training videos in marketing, sales, financial management, product development, events, social media, mindset and business (valued at $6,000+).

THE Seed Scheme is ideal for women who are:

  • Wanting to start a business (while still employed)
  • Currently self-employed but want to take their business online
  • Full of ideas but don’t know where to start
  • Impacted by drought
  • Wanting to make an extra $15,000-$55,000 per year doing what they love
  • Interested in value adding an existing product
  • Seeking off-farm income
  • Committed to their own development
  • Confident in their skills but don’t know how to monetize them
  • Wanting to take your knowledge/skills and turn it into a business
  • Creative and want to turn their hobby into a business
  • Experiencing isolation
  • Nearing retirement and want to create something for the future
  • Tech fearful, but willing to try
  • Trying to start a business but not getting traction
  • Dipping your toe into business and wanting to take it further.

We encourage applications from women who are:

  • Aged 55+
  • Aged 18-25
  • Indigenous
  • Migrants or newly arrived
  • Living in town/village or on farm
  • Unemployed or under-employed.


In short – all of them! We recognise that there’s an incredible pool of untapped intellect and creativity sitting at the heart of our nation, and we want to unearth it!

Maybe you want to solve big social problems, are a healer, an artist, consultant, or practitioner. What you do is up to you. We only ask that you are passionate about what you do and want to build a profitable, scalable online business. Some example businesses our Members have set up include online retreats, making and selling beauty products, onselling other makers products and writing books.

To Understand How To Create THE BEST Application contact

Amy Munro - Pod Facilitator