Community Engagement grant

Host an event or activity to reach more people in your community.

Applications for the $1,500 Community Engagement grant are are now closed.

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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.

Community Engagement grants are one-off $1,500 grants awarded to Be Connected Network Partners who have received an Activation, Building Digital Skills or Capacity Building grant. Successful applicants will host an event or activity that helps to promote their local Be Connected program.

By giving Network Partners opportunities to engage over 50’s in their community, we aim to support the continued success of local Be Connected programs, reach more people in need of digital literacy support, and increase the number of registered learners on the Be Connected Learning Portal.

Note: This round of grant funding is only available to those who have not held a Community Engagement grant in previous rounds.

Outreach events proven to engage new members

Whether they're hosting their own events at their centre or booking a stall at a local expo, NSW SLASA believes events are a great way to engage new community members to attend their Be Connected digital classes.

They also take advantage of regular social events at their centre to introduce new people into their digital skills classes, helping to foster a sense of community belonging and reduce social isolation.

Am I eligible?

In order to apply for this funding, you must:

  • Have received an Activation, Building Digital Skills or Capacity Building grant.
  • Have not received a Community Engagement grant from Good Things Foundation in the past.
  • If engaging digital mentors, agree to undertake police checks for all digital mentors. Please note, if you are successful you won’t be able to accept the terms and conditions of the grant until you have current police checks in place.
  • Ensure your organisation has public liability insurance.
  • Have fully accessible premises if staging an event.

What can the grant be used for?

The Community Engagement grant has been designed to assist organisations to promote their Be Connected program. You may wish to stage a BBQ or morning tea at your local library or shopping centre, set up a stall at a community event (like the local show or Seniors Week), or take out advertisement in your local newspaper promoting your activity, whichever you believe will be most effective in introducing older Australians to the Be Connected Network and encouraging them to register on the Learning Portal.

Examples of items that can be funded:

  • Marketing/promoting your event
  • Presenter/staff costs
  • Catering
  • Room hire
  • Printing of learning material
  • Placing advertisements in local newspapers

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

What do I have to do for the grant?

From the time of notification, organisations will have three months in which to spend the grant funds on hosting an event or activity that helps to promote their local Be Connected program.

Successful applicants will also be required to:

  • Provide a detailed report of how their promotional activity went, including funding expenditure and how many learners aged 50+ you engaged. This report must be submitted within one month of the contract ending.
  • Supply at least one photo of your community engagement activity. You must ensure that you have the appropriate photo release form.

Need more information?

Please note: these guidelines are subject to change.