Digital Devices grants are one-off $2,500 or $5,000 grants to help fund organisations within the Be Connected Network to loan devices and data to socially isolated or disadvantaged learners over 50. Network Partners who are currently providing digital literacy support through an active Activation, Building Digital Skills or Capacity Building grant are eligible to apply.
75% of surveyed Be Connected Network have said that some or all of their learners lack devices to use at home, limiting their ability to improve their digital skills, access support services and essential information. We also know that not having access to the internet has severely reduced many Australian’s over 50 ability to stay in touch with friends and family during this time.
Running Be Connected remotely
With the introduction of social distancing laws, Tricia Pye and her digital mentors from The Tec Exec, have found new ways to provide support to Australian’s over 50 through Zoom with 28 participants on their first digital session.
Tricia says “As virtual training specialists, it was a natural transition for us to move to online learning. Our first session on Zoom was was an amazing experience, especially when I saw their initial reaction to joining an online meeting for the first time. They later told me joining an online meeting added to their independence and it was now something they wanted to do and share with their friends and families."
About the Digital Devices Grant Program
Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world. Good Things Foundation manages the Be Connected Network and Grants program.
One-off grants are available to Be Connected Network Partners through this funding round to purchase digital devices to loan out to older Australians who are socially isolated and require them to connect online.
At the end of the loan period, the devices must be returned to the Network Partner for ongoing use in their Be Connected program.
A total of $1.2 million of grant funding is available to be distributed through the Digital Devices grant program with applications assessed on merit.
Eligibility - Who can apply?
Funding is available to Be Connected Network Partners who have an active Be Connected Activation, Building Digital Skills or Capacity Building grant delivering digital literacy support to older Australians aged 50+. You also must have acquitted any previous outstanding grant/s that were awarded by Good Things Foundation.
What do I have to do for the grant?
The grant will support Network Partners to purchase digital devices with data to loan to older Australians.
Network Partners will manage the loan process - responsible for repairs of faults, managing breakages, and ensure appropriate and thorough cleaning processes are in place between loans.
To assist Network Partners manage the loan process, Good Things Foundation has developed Device Usage Guidelines, which outlines the conditions for use of a loan device, and a Device Loan Agreement for learners to sign before they accept the device.
Successful applicants will be required to:
Purchase digital devices with 6 months prepaid sim cards/dongle with data and arrange safe transportation of devices to older Austraians aged 50+
Ensure devices are set up and ready to use prior to loaning them to learners - the device should have the sim installed, charged and ready for use. The Be Connected learning portal should be bookmarked along with any other apps or programs appropriate to the learner e.g. Zoom, Skype, govt apps etc.
Detail who will receive the loaned device and how they were identified
Outline how they will deliver the device to the learner
Ensure the learner is aware of the Device Usage Guidelines and signs the Devices Loan Agreement prior to accepting the device
Support learners use their loaned device by showing them how to switch the device on and guiding them through their first experience so they feel comfortable in using the device
Show learners how to access the Be Connected learning program and support them develop their digital skills through online tech sessions
Purchase devices by 29 January 2021 and forward copies of invoices (for devices only) to Good Things Foundation after purchase
Have a continuity plan for the use of devices after the grant term has ended - outline how having additional devices will build capacity in your Be Connected program e.g. allow you to host additional sessions to more people; be able to loan devices to learners to practice between classes; conduct outreach sessions etc