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Building digital skills grant

$3,000 – $20,500 funding so you can run a program to support over 50’s to be connected.

Applications are now open! From 8 July to 9 August.

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

Building Digital Skills grants of up to $20,500 help organisations to support older Australians 50+ through free digital mentoring sessions. A range of resources and support materials are available to help organisations to deliver this program, including 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 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.

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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.

Organisations with a Building Digital Skills grant will be required to use the learning resources available and will have to report their learners and progress in our network partner platform. 

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

Check out the next rounds available and the application and payment dates. These rounds will have $3,000, $5,200, $10,500 and $20,500 contract sizes available.

Round 1

ActivityDate
Application period8 July to 9 August 2024 at 23:55 (AEST)
Notification of results21 August 2024
Payments releasedFrom 19 August 2024
Delivery start & finish date1 September 2024 – 31 August 2025

Round 2

ActivityDate
Application period12 August to 6 September 2024 at 23:55 (AEST)
Notification of results20 September 2024
Payments releasedFrom 23 September 2024
Delivery start & finish date1 October 2024 – 30 September 2025

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

Building Digital Skills grants fund community organisations to provide free digital skills support to older Australians aged over 50 years.

These support sessions can be provided either one-on-one or in groups.

Grant funding can be used to pay for the costs of providing this support, including:

  • staff and volunteer expenses
  • program marketing
  • devices and internet
  • room hire
  • catering
  • transport for participants to and from sessions

In your grant application, you will need to submit a budget using our template letting us know how you will spend the funds. Read the grant guidelines and contract to find more details on how this grant can work for you.

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.

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