NOTE: All Be Connected grant holders will have 3 month extensions added to their contracts to give you extra time to deliver your programs and manage risks associated with COVID-19. Good Things Foundation will automatically adjust your contract end date. The extensions will also be applied to current funding rounds.
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.
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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
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?
The amount of learners you are required to register depends on the contract size you apply for (see guidelines below for contract sizes). 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
Providing good news stories/leads for case studies