Building Digital Skills grant

Expand the reach of your digital literacy program

Grants from $2,500 - $15,000 available.

Applications open 1 February 2019 - 1 March 2019

Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to continue delivering their Be Connected digital literacy programs.

All Be Connected Network Partners who have registered 24 people on the Be Connected Learning Portal (12 people if you’re in an outer regional, remote or very remote area) can apply for a Building Digital Skills grant.

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.

Funding can be spent on anything that will help you support older Australians to complete 2 courses or 10 activities on the Be Connected Learning Portal.

Upgrading resources to expand your program

“Without the grant funding we would not be able to afford the supplies to push our students to want to try and learn new things.”

Susan, Digital Mentor at Elermore Glen Retirement Village.

Am I eligible?

In order to apply for this funding, you must:

  • Be a Be Connected Network Partner. If you're not already part of the Network, click here to join.
  • Have registered 24 people onto the Be Connected website (12 people if you’re in an outer regional, remote or very remote area)

What can the grant be used for?

The funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence such as:

  • new devices including computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones
  • upgrading software for devices
  • broadband fees
  • digital mentor expenses, including training to be a digital mentor
  • printing of learning materials for older Australian learners
  • police checks for all staff and mentors involved in delivering the Be Connected

The funding cannot be used on building materials and capital works.

What do I have to do for the grant?

All delivery will be measured by registered learners completing 2 courses or 10 activities from any of the topics on the Be Connected website. Completion of 2 courses or 10 activities should take 30 minutes or longer.

Other requirements include:

  • Attendance at training webinars and/or face-to-face events
  • Providing an overview budget of how you expect to spend the grant and, on completion of delivery, sharing a grant acquittal to show actual expenditure
  • Providing good news stories/leads for case studies

Need more information?

Please note: these guidelines are subject to change.