Grants and awards | March 01, 2024

Groups encouraged to apply for Telstra Connected Communities Grant Program

Applications for the 2024 Telstra Connected Communities Grant Program are now open.
The program, which commenced in 2023, specifically targets Australia’s remote, rural, and regional communities with $600,000 being made available to foster inclusion and resilience over three years. 

A total of $200,000 has been allocated to the program this year with grants of up to $10,000 available to not-for-profit community organisations that provide access to information, technology, education and facilities for the purpose of building both social capital and digital capability.

The program has three themes and aims to foster:

  • Resilient communities that are well prepared and socially connected when disaster strikes with the ability to renew and recover together,
  • Sustainable communities that are diverse and inclusive, planning for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of their people and the planet; and
  • Liveable communities that have digital capability and help to equip individuals 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.  

Member for Lowan and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Emma Kealy is encouraging people to think about a community group or not-for-profit organisation that they may know that could use a hand.

“Last year 30 local groups and not-for-profit organisations across regional Australia received funding through this program and it would be great to see some of this funding come to Lowan,” Ms Kealy said.

Not-for-profit organisations in regional, remote and rural Australia are eligible to apply, including associations, charities, local councils and entities such as education and health organisations.

Applications for the 2024 Telstra Connected Communities grant round are now open and close on 27 March 2024, with recipients having 12 months to complete the funded projects.

For more details on the program visit

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