As part of the Be Connected program, there are a range of grants available to community organisations in the Be Connected network to support older people in their communities to embrace digital.
There are three different kinds of grants available to Be Connected partners:
Activation grants are one-off grants awarded to new organisations joining the Be Connected network. All partners who join the network before August 2019 will be able to apply for a one-off $1,500 grant.
The activation grant is designed to get you started in the Be Connected network, and for the funding, we expect partners to support at least 30 older people over 10 months (15 if located in outer regional, remote or very remote areas). You'll need to support learners through the Be Connected website, and further guidance on how to do this is provided to all network partners.
Funding can be spent on anything that will help you support older Australians to gain digital skills, including new devices, broadband fees, or expenses for digital mentors or volunteers.
Activation grants are available until August 2019, with applications assessed and funding awarded on a monthly basis.
Good Things Foundation is inviting all partners who have registered 24 people onto the Be Connected website (12 people if you’re in an outer regional, remote or very remote area), with or without having received an activation grant to apply for a Building Digital Skills Grant from 19 March 2018.
There are six different contract sizes to apply for, depending on how many people you're able to support. Contracts range from $2,500 to $15,000. Organisations with multiple branches or locations can apply for a block of grants.
Funding will be awarded in four phases throughout the year, and you can find more details of application dates below
Capacity Building grants will be allocated to large-scale community organisations who have strong existing networks. Capacity builders will act as ambassadors for Good Things Foundation, and will be expected to recruit organisations into the Be Connected network, raise the profile of Good Things Foundation and the Be Connected programme, and provide support and training to local organisations. Grants of up to $50,000 are available, and will be awarded to ten organisations in Year 1, 20 organisations in Year 2, and another 15 organisations in Year 3.
More information about these grants and how you can apply will be released soon.