Would you like to be the person who secured the opportunity for 10 or more women
to start businesses in your community in the next 12 months?

We are looking for rural women who value the role of business in their community and are passionate about seeing more women-led businesses develop and thrive locally! 

We’re committed to supporting 700 rural women, from 70 different towns/communities in Australia, start or scale their business successfully in a rural or regional community – rejuvenating local communities and helping families affected by natural disaster and pandemic and potentially adding an additional $15,000 – $50,000 to their income.

We’d love for your community to be considered!


THE Seed Scheme is an initiative of The Rural Woman and with the support from our aligned Partners, we provide 12 months business support to women in PODS (groups) of 10 or more in rural communities across Australia

We believe (and know) that in this day and age, a geographic location shouldn’t be a barrier to building a successful business and, as it turns out – isolation is our superpower –  so we help rural women realise their dreams by providing structured business training and peer to peer mentoring, national and local networking opportunities and facilitated support so they succeed.

We’ve already provided 220 women in 22 different communities the opportunity to join THE Seed Scheme with thanks to Narromine Shire Council, Regional Australia Bank, the Alumni and THE Rural Woman.

  • Narromine Shire
  • Warrumbungle Shire
  • Temora Shire
  • Glen Innes Shire
  • Walgett Shire
  • Gunnedah Shire
  • Yarrawonga Shire
  • Roma/Maranoa Region
  • Woolgoolga
  • Mirboo North
  • Horsham
  • Cabonne
  • Charters Towers
  • Guyra
  • Broken Hill
  • Kerang
  • Wingham
  • Inland Pilbara
  • Toowoomba
  • Stroud
  • Lachlan Shire
  • Clarence Valley
  • Kyogle
  • Oberon
  • Kingaroy

Will we add your town to our list next?

Who will the 10 women be in your community to create business success in 2020 and beyond?


From our experience so far, we know, that the MOST successful campaigns and PODS happen when there is very keen and supportive LOCAL contact – which is why we are opening this General Expression of Interest process!

If you are a PASSIONATE person willing to support THE Seed Scheme – because you LOVE to see rural women succeed and you want to do everything in your power to connect them to the support they need then WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU!


Our expectation of the Local Activator is you tell women in your community about THE Seed Scheme opportunity. We provide you with graphics to share and post ideas for social media, a media release to send to your local media and also letters you can send to council or business association.

Your role is to simply to invite women to express an interest.
The POD Facilitator for your community will then follow up.
As a Local Activator you are welcome to join the POD.

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 business support?
  • 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. If your town is successful you will be able to submit an EOI to be considered for the program as well.


Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we’ll be in touch to get some more details (if we can see a fit) and discuss your community.

If there’s a good fit – GREAT.

We know you know your community best and we can work on a collaborative approach that sees us secure the best support for the women in your town.

Simply Enter Your Details Below

THE Seed Scheme EOI 2020 – Cohort 4

Applications close 14 August 2020

We’re Backing Women-Led Business In Rural Australia - Will You?!

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