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Digital Sisters grant

Participate in this digital inclusion program to support refugee and migrant women in your community. 

Together we can empower women to build digital skills, confidence and connections in the Australian community. 

Grants are now opening! From 8 July to 2 August.

Digital Sisters is our program to build digital skills and confidence of refugee and migrant women. We have already supported more than 800 women with the essential skills required to connect with the community and access the workforce.

With our 55 community partners, we will be working to close the digital divide for refugee and migrant women.

About the Digital Sisters program

Digital Sisters is a digital inclusion program to support refugee and migrant women. The program aims to empower women to build digital skills, confidence and connections in the Australian community.

With 55 community organisations, we will be supporting refugee and migrant women aged 18 to 50 years. The program is being designed to be culturally appropriate and build skills and connections in local people, support services and communities.

Participating organisations will receive $10,000 grant funding, training and support.

On the 16 of July, we will host a webinar to share all about the Digital Sisters program and tips and tricks for applying for this grant. Register now! 

Who can apply?

55 community organisations in our network will be grant-funded to participate in the program. New organisations can join the network to take part in this program.

We want to work with organisations who have existing connections with refugee and migrant women. Ideally you will have 2 bilingual staff or volunteers who will work on this project and provide digital skills support.

What do I have to do?

Nominate community leaders for digital mentor training:

  • Nominate at least 2 Digital Mentors to participate in 3 digital mentor training sessions hosted by Good Things. It is preferred that the digital mentors are bilingual women or mens already working in the community, where possible.
  • Ensure Digital Mentors participate in bi-monthly virtual community of practice meetings to discuss and share information, data, and good practice.

Provide digital skills support to your community:

  • Provide digital literacy support to at least 40 migrant and refugee women in their community (aged 18 – 50 years)
  • Host promotional events to inform their community of the support available through their program

Help us measure the impact of the program:

  • Ensure learners attending a digital literacy skills session complete a sign-in form
  • Ensure learner activity and data are gathered and reported on in Good Things Learner Management System
  • Commit to supporting outcomes measurement and evaluation of the digital literacy program by ensuring Digital Mentors and learners use Good Things digital literacy skills checker tools.
  • Be prepared to share learner journeys and good news stories so that Good Things can create case studies
  • Upon completion of delivery, submit a final report and financial acquittal

Make sure you read the grant guidelines and T&Cs carefully before you apply.

What support is available?

Participating organisations will receive support from Good Things including:

  • $10,000 grant funding
  • Professional development training for 2 Digital Mentors
  • Digital mentor training package and delivery resources
  • Resources and learning material (including videos) to use in the sessions
  • Support and marketing materials for you to promote your events
  • Community of practice upskilling workshops, regular support and opportunities to connect with other organisations delivering the program to learn together

You can also get in touch with the Good Things team for one-on-one support by calling (02) 9051 9292 or emailing connect@goodthingsfoundation.org

 
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Digital Sisters webinar

On 16 July, we hosted a webinar to go through this program’s details, timeline, support available, resources and tips and tricks to apply for this grant.  

If you missed it or want to refresh the content, check out the recording of the webinar:

Documents and grant application

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.

To apply for this grant you must be a registered network partner in the Good Things network. Go to my.GoodThings to log in and apply, or join the network.

Frequently asked questions

Expand the headings below to read answers to questions about our Digital Sisters grant.

The target group for Digital Sisters programs are refugee and migrant women from 18 to 50 years of age.

To apply for the program and grant funding, your organisation needs to:

  • Be a member of the Good Things network – If you are not yet a network partner, you can join us on our website. You can apply for the grant as soon as you submit the the form.
  • Already have contact with migrant and refugee women and be providing support to them.
  • Have an ABN.

Log in to my.goodthingsaustralia and find this grant opportunity. You will get all the information about this program, grant guidelines, terms and conditions and grant application templates available.

The application period is open from 8 July to 2 August, 2024. Please log on to the Good Things network partner site and submit your application online.

The Good Things network (formerly called Be Connected Network) is Good Things Australia’s national network of community organisations helping to close the digital divide. There are over 4,000 network partners across Australia.

Community organisations in our network get access to grant funding, specialist training, free resources and support from Good Things to help their community get more safely and confidently online.

To be part and get more details visit our website https://my.goodthingsaustralia.org/

The project is 10 months long. The program starts with grants being awarded from 23 August 2024 to 30 June 2025.

There is no specific visa status or amount of time to be eligible to participate in the Digital Sisters program. We want to assist as many women as possible to help them connect with the community and access the workforce.

Is not mandatory to have a bilingual digital mentor. But, for the purpose of the program it is preferred that mentors speak the community language or have plans for translation in place at time of application. This will help you to better support refugee and migrant women.

Grant funds can be used for expenses directly related to the delivery of your project. The funds can be used for costs such as:

  • Communications, promotion and marketing expenses
  • Police checks for all staff and involved in delivering the program, if not in place already
  • Travel
  • Staffing costs
  • Project management costs
  • Catering and food for your event
  • Venue hire
  • Equipment and delivery costs
  • You are required to clearly outline what you will spend the grant funds on in the budget you submit with your application.

Exclusions:

  • Funding cannot be used for capital works (building or construction materials)

You can always get updates from the program through our network newsletter, including any resources that we create for any organisation to use. Subscribe for email updates here.

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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