The four-year $60 million Digital Regions Initiative co-funds innovative digital enablement projects with state, territory and local governments. It takes a collaborative approach to improve the delivery of education, health and/or emergency services in regional, rural and remote communities.
State, territory and local governments seeking government grants under the Digital Regions Initiative are required to provide matching funding. This enables projects of greater scale, coverage and benefit to regional Australians.
What types of projects are funded under the Digital Regions Initiative?
The Digital Regions Initiative co-funds digital enablement applications to improve services in the key sectors of health, education and/or emergency services in regional, rural and remote communities across Australia in partnership with state, territory and local governments.
The Digital Regions Initiative supports projects that will deliver innovative and sustainable services to:
- boost innovation in healthcare by enabling services such as remote consultation, diagnosis and treatment in areas where there are specialist skills shortages
- extend digital education services to enable more regional, rural and remote communities to access improved educational opportunities
- increase the use of digital technologies to improve emergency and disaster response both within and across state and territory borders
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
State, territory or local governments can apply for Digital Regions Initiative funding. Private and not-for-profit organisations can partner with eligible organisations.
How are projects selected?
The Digital Regions Initiative projects are selected through a competitive process. Applications will need to support improved health, education and/or emergency services in regional, rural and remote communities.
All applications will undergo a rigorous assessment process. Projects that meet the selection criteria to the highest degree are offered the opportunity to enter into negotiations to secure funding.
For more information please read the Round 2 Guidelines
Applications close 5.00 pm EST 10 June 2010
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