This month we made some changes to the Building Digital Skills grant to make it easier to apply for and have opened up a new round of the Capacity Building grant.
Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
This month we’ve made some changes to the Be Connected grants program which will make it easier for new organisations joining the Be Connected Network to get started with their digital skills program, and for existing organisations to continue their work.
We’re offering four standard contact sizes in the Building Digital Skills grant to help you either start or expand your digital literacy program:
- $2,500 Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
- $5,000 Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
- $10,000 Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
- $15,000 Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
Eligibility for the $2,500 Building Digital Skills grant has been expanded so that it is now available to all Network Partners, including those who are new to the Be Connected Network. Due to this change, we no longer offer the Activation grant - this is good news as now the starting Be Connected contract gives Network Partners an additional $500 in funding than the Activation grant offered.
The $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 contract sizes are only available to Be Connected Network Partners who have financially acquitted a previous round of Activation or Building Digital Skills grant. Remember - you can apply for additional grants as soon as you hit 80% of your learner registration targets. If you are not sure if you are eligible to apply for this grant, we encourage you to give us a call on (02) 9051 9292, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The project period for this grant is 10 months. The learner registration targets for the Building Digital Skills grant have been reduced to reflect the shorter grant term, however the amount of funding remains the same as the 12 month contract equivalent.
Specialist contacts for regional areas
We recognise the unique challenges of running a digital skills program in regional Australia, so we offer two additional ‘specialist’ contracts for Network Partners in outer regional, remote and very remote areas.
- $2,500 Specialist Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
- $5,000 Specialist Building Digital Skills (Round 15)
Specialist contracts have reduced learner registration targets, which means you can acquit your grant sooner than the standard contracts. Eligibility for these contracts is strictly for those in outer regional, remote and very remote areas. Read the grant guidelines for more information.
Capacity Building grant
We’re thrilled to launch a new round of the Capacity Building grant. This is the sixth time we have offered this grant and we’ve made some changes to the grant to reflect the changing needs of the Be Connected program.
This time, we’re looking for 25 Network Partners who are willing to undertake a project to train and support 80 digital mentors. Digital Mentors are the people who support others to improve their digital skills. This project has a focus on upskilling digital mentors because we know that a good digital mentor is much more likely to engage with learners in a way that leaves them with a positive experience of the Be Connected program and improved digital confidence.
As part of this grant, you’ll be asked to nominate a ‘Lead Digital Mentor’ from your organisation who will get specialised train-the-trainer training from Good Things Foundation, as well as a training pack of materials to help make it easy to implement your digital mentor support program.
Becoming a Lead Digital Mentor is an opportunity to take your experience with digital mentoring to a new level, meet others like you across the country and become a part of a growing network of capacity building organisations. As ambassadors to the Be Connected program and Good Things Foundation, we will rely on you to make a real difference to digital literacy in your community.
Special contract for regional areas
We recognise that it is more challenging to find and support digital mentors in outer regional, remote and very remote areas. For that reason, Network Partners with Capacity Building grants in these areas will only have to train and support 40 digital mentors. Eligibility for these contracts is strictly for those in outer regional, remote and very remote areas. Read the grant guidelines for more information.
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