2024 Telstra Connected Communities Grant Program soon open

23 Feb 2024

Applications for the 2024 Telstra Connected Communities Grant Program will open at 9 am on Tuesday 27 February 2024 and will close at 5 pm on Wednesday 27 March 2024. 

In partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit community organisations to help them build resilient, sustainable and liveable communities. 

The program has three themes: 

Resilient communities that are well prepared and socially connected, with the ability to renew and recover together when disaster strikes; 
Sustainable communities that are diverse and inclusive, through planning for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of their people and planet;
Liveable communities that have digital capability, helping to equip people with the skills to live, learn and work in a digital society.  

Funds will be available for new or existing not-for-profit programs to help them scale their impact to help more Australians in rural and regional areas become better connected.  

As an example of the type of projects funded, last year, under the inaugural round of this grant program, Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Hub Inc at Yorketown received $9,766 for its "Let's Get Social! Social Media Content Marketing 101 for SYP Volunteers & Community Groups - to upskill community group volunteers to increase their efficiency in navigating the digital world."

Other projects included funding for mobile boosters, software and websites, wifi, digital TVs and laptops for groups, and building community resilience by purchasing equipment to provide power during outages such as generators, solar panels, rechargeable radios and torches.

For more details on the Connected Communities Grant program click here