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Be Connected - Building Digital Skills Grants Program

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government                          

Closing: Round 23- 30 April 2021

The Building Digital Skills grant is now available to all Network Partners, including those who are new to the Be Connected Network.

Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to start, continue delivering and expand Be Connected Digital Literacy programs. Up to $15,000 in grants is available for application. 

Organisations who would like to apply for a Building Digital Skills grant must:

  • Be a Be Connected Network Partner. If you’re not already part of the Network, click here to join
  • Provide an ABN number.
  • Have public liability insurance

Use the Building Digital Skills Grants for projects will help you assist older Australians complete 2 courses, or 10 activities on the Be Connected Learning Portal. Funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence, such as:

  • New devices including computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones
  • Upgrading software for devices
  • Broadband fees
  • Digital mentor expenses, including training to be a digital mentor
  • Printing of learning materials for older Australian learners
  • Police checks for all staff and mentors involved in delivering the Be Connected Program

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


Please visit Be Connected Network- Building Digital Skills Grants for more information and related documents, including example case studies and Building Digital Skills Grant timetables.


Round 23 - Be Connected, Building Digital Skills 2021 Applications

Currently Closed:

Be Connected Program: Capacity Building Grants 

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government    

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Focus: The Network Capacity Building grant is for large community organisations, with strong networks to become ambassadors of the Be Connected Network that aims to foster social inclusion of older Australians (50+) by teaching them teach digital literacy skills.

Funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence, under three different types of grants: Activation, Building Digital Skills, and Capacity Building.

Organisations who would like to apply for a Network Capacity Building grant must be a Network Partner within the Be Connected network. If you are not yet a Network Partner, please click here to join.

Amount: $2000 to $50,000

If you have any questions on the Be Connected grant program, please contact [email protected]

Brisbane City Council – Seniors Celebration Donation

Brisbane City Council

Closed: 12 October 2020

The Seniors Celebration Donation helps senior citizens’ groups to cover the cost of activities such as social outings and Christmas parties. Funding amounts of $100 to $300 are available. 

Invitations are open to the following entities:

  • club or group providing activities for seniors that is not funded by other sources
  • seniors’ group that is part of other organisations.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in November 2020.

Guidelines and Applications

More information, criteria and instructions for application are available on the Grant guidelines

Further questions can be directed by phone to the Council on 07 3403 8888. Please ask to speak to the Grants Unit.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme Growth Funding 2021-22

Department of Health, Australian Government

Closed: Friday 5 February 2021, 2pm (AEDT) 

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) currently allows for the allocation of additional growth funding to help meet increased numbers of older Australians needing access to CHSP services. Growth funding is allocated on the basis of identified funding priorities and gaps in service delivery.

This grant opportunity aims to meet the entry-level aged care needs of older Australians by increasing funding to meet targeted geographic and service needs of clients eligible for CHSP.

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, you must be:

  • an existing CHSP service provider;
  • an approved provider of aged care services; and/or
  • an approved provider of services under the NDIS.
Total Amount Available (AUD): $113,600,000
Before applying, you must read and understand the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and the Application Form.
Find more information about eligibility, assessment criteria and applying on the GrantConnect website.

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