Building Digital Skills grant

Funding for your digital literacy program

Round 45 open 29 May - 30 June 2023.

Apply for a grant to support your digital skills program for older Australians.

Available in $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 contract sizes

Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to deliver free Be Connected digital literacy programs to older Australians in their community.

Building Digital Skills grants enable organisations to support older Australians 50+ through free digital mentoring sessions. These support sessions can be provided either one-on-one or in small groups. Grant funding can be used to pay for staff and volunteer expenses, program marketing, technology and internet, room hire, catering and transport. A range of resources and support materials are available to help organisations to deliver this program, including the the learning courses available on the Be Connected Learning site.

By providing the Be Connected program for free using this grant, recipients will help people to develop their digital skills and confidence.

Building Digital Skills grants are offered by Good Things Foundation to community organisations in Australia through the Be Connected program. Please read our guidelines and T&C's carefully before applying for this grant funding.

Learn more about this grant

If you work with people with disability, First Nations communities, people from CALD communities or living in very regional or remote areas of Australia, you may be eligible for our specialist grants! Our specialist grant contracts make it easier for you to focus on helping those most in need of digital skills support in your community. Read more below.

There are two types of Building Digital Skills grants - standard and specialist contracts. Not every community is the same, and some have additional challenges for community organisations to reach and support to improve their digital skills.

Our specialist grant contracts have a reduced number of Older Australians to support in recognition of this. These contracts are available to organisations who support people that are:

  • Supported in remote and outer regional areas
  • Older Australians with disabilities
  • Older Indigenous Australians
  • Older Australians from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

There are specific eligibility criteria you must meet for the specialist contracts. Read the grant guidelines to find out more.

Building Digital Skills Grant 2023/24 Timetable 

Building Digital Skills Grant 2023/24 Timetable 

Round 44



Application period

1 May to 26 May 2023 at 23:55 (AEST)

Notification of results

9 June 2023

Payments released*

19 June 2023

Delivery start & finish date

1 July 2023 - 31 May 2024

Round 45



Application period

29 May at 09:00 to 23 June 2023 at 23:45 (AEST)

Notification of results

7 July 2023

Payments released*

17 July 2023

Delivery start & finish date

1 August 2023 - 31 May 2024

*Payments will take around 3 working days to reach the nominated bank account.

From May 2023, there are some changes to our Building Digital Skills grant program. Grant length and the number of people you need to support will be reduced. The amount of funding available through this grant will stay the same. Find out more in our FAQ article.

Organisations with a Building Digital Skills grant will be required to use three important tools when delivering their digital support sessions to over 50's:

  • Be Connected learning website courses
  • CaptureIT to report your progress towards your grant targets
  • Digital Skills Checker to assess your learners skills and progress

These are Be Connected program requirements. Support is available to help you to use these tools. Read the grant guidelines to find out more.

Grant application documents

Please read our grant guidelines carefully before you apply. They contain critical information that can help you understand eligibility and what you need to do for the grant. The guidelines also include a list of all the grant application questions to help you prepare.

Tip: Download our project plan and budget templates below and fill them in prior to starting your online application.

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.

More grants

Grants of $50,000 to train digital mentors in your organisation or networks

Applications open 3 July 2023. $1,000 grants to host an event during Get Online Week (16-22 October 2023).

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