Technology Upgrade Fund to improve digital access, literacy

Community organisations can now apply for a grant from the ACT Government’s Technology Upgrade Fund, to upgrade IT equipment and improve digital access and literacy across Canberra.

Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services Emma Davidson said the grants program, with a total funding pool of $478,000, was co-designed in consultation with the community to ensure it has a positive impact and promotes equitable digital access across the ACT.

“The Technology Upgrade Fund was an election commitment noted in the 10th Parliamentary and Governing Agreement and I’m pleased the Government is delivering this for the community sector early in the term,” Minister Davidson said.”As we emerge from the health pandemic, thisprogram is part of building a better normal where all Canberrans can enjoy the advantages of doing things online.

“This program aligns with the ACT Government’s Digital Strategy, to meet the needs of Canberrans most at risk of digital exclusion. This includes older Canberrans, and people with disability accessibility requirements, including mobility restraints, by providing access through registered community organisations in the ACT.

“To ensure we’re boosting the right supports, we recently undertook consultation with the community sector and peak body groups to co-design the grant fund. Through co-design we identified the technology gaps and needs of organisations across the ACT.

“The Technology Upgrade Fund will support the sector to make improvements and access contemporary hardware, software and services. This includes training and education, with an aim to ensure everyone in our community has equitable access to digital support.”Grant a

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021. To apply, visit https://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/home/grants.

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