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Webinar: Government grants – what the judges want

21 August 2019 @ AEST 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


At this webinar, participants will obtain information on the latest trends, tools and techniques that can assist them with their efforts to search for and win funding for their Council or organisation. Councils not utilising State and Federal funding is a current issue, particularly for regional and rural Councils and their local communities who have neither the skill nor resource.

Industry insights will be shared relating to the following topics:

  • Be strategic! Match what funding is available and when.
  • Find out the ‘how and why’.
  • Avoid making simple mistakes. Writing well.
  • Live up to your funding obligations.


Rachel van Ketwich  |   Head of R&D and Grants – GrantReady

Rachel is a grants specialist with a background in civil engineering. Rachel supports organisations across a number of industries to identify and apply for grant funding, including preparing grant strategies. Prior to joining GrantReady, Rachel worked for KPMG and Ernst & Young as an R&D tax and grants senior consultant where she also provided strategic advice to Australian businesses pursuing international markets. Rachel has also been involved in assessing grant applications for a number of government grant programs at Federal and local level.

Rachel is an experienced project manager and, having worked as a Project Engineer with the City of Whitehorse for 5 years, and a Recycled Water Engineer for City West Water for 3 years, she has an excellent understanding of the way in which government organisations operate. During her time at the City of Whitehorse and City West Water Rachel assisted with successful grant applications for capital infrastructure funding

Over the past 6 years, Rachel has assisted hundreds of organisations access government benefits and funding across a range of programs. In recent years she has assisted several local government organisations across Australia to obtain over $20 million (combined) under the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme and Building Better Regions Fund.

Peter Jeffery ACEcD CSM  |   Executive Manager – GrantGuru

Previously EDA Victorian State Practitioner Network Chair and recently exiting Local Government after 8+ years, Peter assists Council staff and their local communities to source, win and manage funding programs. Having been a grant designer, judge and recipient, he offers some valuable insights into the mechanics of funding distribution.

Peter has also been a champion for local businesses, Not for Profits, Community groups and Social Enterprises, assisting them with their goals by providing practical advice and tools that have real impact.

Peter has won 2 EDA Awards for programs involving Government funding and partnerships across the 3 tiers, he has also been consulted by State Government to help influence policy and develop cross sector community committees.

Peter has had significant success with funding applications for programs under his management, achieving an 85% success rate and winning $680,000 in one year whilst representing a Victorian based social enterprise.

Sarah Treasure | Innovation and Creative Industries Executive, Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains Inc.

Sarah recently joined Regional Development Australia Barossa Gawler Light and Adelaide Plains from State Government, having had a varied career from working in creative industries, collecting institutions, and most recently responsibility for project management and delivery of a range of grant programs focussed on innovation, science and technology.

Sarah has wide experience in grants management and program design to deliver on key Government initiatives, including working closely with applicants throughout the process from turning an idea into an application and delivering the project successfully. Sarah holds a Diploma of Project Management and Bachelor of Government and Public Management from Flinders University and is currently completing a Masters in Economics and Regional Development.



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Non-Members: $25

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21 August 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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