Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG)

Digital Literacy School Grants is an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Grants of amounts greater than $50,000 may also be made where a project has demonstrated capacity to reach regional, national or sectoral scalabilities such as projects involving clusters of schools and/or peak bodies/professional associations.

Grant proposals must:

  • Focus on school−based activities or programs that support school leaders and teachers to understand and implement the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies on a whole of school basis, and/or
  • Engage students with the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

Round One Projects

The selection process for the first round of Digital Literacy School Grants has been finalised. There are 54 successful projects from across Australia.

Application process for Round Two

The second round of Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG) is now closed. We will provide all applicants with an update on the selection process by 30 November 2017.

For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

Digital Literacy School Grants – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Digital Literacy School Grants initiative all about?

What are the Digital Literacy School Grants?

The Digital Literacy School Grants are part of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). Schools and other organisations can apply for modest grants to facilitate implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools with alignment to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

How many Digital Literacy School Grants are available?

There is no quota for the number of grants to be awarded under any category. The initiative is capped at $4 million over the 2016-17 to 2017-18 financial years, with $2 million for each round. There were 54 grants awarded in the first round and it is anticipated that approximately 50 grants will be awarded in the second round.

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Eligibility – who can apply?

My school received a grant in Round 1, can we apply for another grant in Round 2?

No. Schools or organisations which received a grant in Round 1 are not eligible to apply for a Digital Literacy School Grant in Round 2.

My school is not in a low Socio Economic Status (SES) area, should I apply?

All schools are eligible to apply: the initiative is not specifically targeted at any specific group of schools and this is an open, competitive grants process. The assessment panel may, at its discretion, prioritise funding for school communities most at risk of not benefitting from the digital revolution. This would include schools in low socio-economic status (SES) areas, schools in rural/regional or remote areas and schools with large enrolments of students with disability and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Will grants favour certain jurisdictions, school levels or school sectors?

No. This is an open, competitive grants process. Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria. In awarding grants, the need for a balanced spread of projects across school sectors, secondary and primary, and states and territories will be taken into account. As noted above, the assessment panel may also, at its discretion, prioritise funding for school communities most at risk of not benefitting from the digital revolution.

What if the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies isn't being implemented in my jurisdiction yet?

DLSG projects should support implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. This includes preparation for such implementation. It also includes projects focused on the knowledge, understanding and skills identified in the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

Can our Year 11 and 12 college/school apply for a grant?

DLSG funded activities must support implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, which covers the years Foundation to Year 10 (primary and/or secondary schools). Schools that are F–12 but focus their projects up to Year 10 may apply.

What other organisations are eligible to apply as well as schools?

Primary and secondary principals' associations, teacher representative bodies and other not-for-profit educational organisations are eligible to apply as well as schools.

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What can the grant be used for?

Can grant money be used to fund additional staff?

As stated in the Guidelines, Digital Literacy School Grants cannot be used to fund additional teaching or administrative staff. Staffing allocation and costs are the remit of the states and territories and non-government school authorities.

Can grant money be used for teacher relief?

Yes. Grant funding can be used to pay teacher relief for teachers who go offline to work on digital literacy project activities or attend professional development.

Can our school use the grant money to upgrade computing equipment/buy new technology?

Yes. Funding can be used to purchase equipment to support the teaching and learning of digital technologies. Grant funds cannot be used to build rooms to house equipment or for any other non-related capital expenditure item that the department deems is not associated with the broader aims of the program. Such requests (or part requests) may render the application ineligible and it may not be assessed.

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The application and lodgement process

When can I apply for the Digital Literacy School Grants?

Applications for the second grant round open on Friday, 30 June 2017. Applications close at 12 noon Canberra local time on Friday, 11 August 2017. You are encouraged to submit your application well before the closing time to avoid technical problems and missing the deadline as late applications will not be considered.

Where do I submit my application?

Applications must be submitted using the online Grant Application Form on the Department's website.

Can I submit my application via email, post or fax?

No. Applications can only be submitted using the online form.

How can I be sure my application has been received?

You will receive an automatically generated confirmation email from the Department after submitting your application that will include the information you provided in your application.

When can I expect to hear back about my application?

We will provide all applicants with an update on the progress of application assessments by 30 Nov 2017. The department will email all applicants with the outcome when the process has been completed.

I'm experiencing technical difficulties completing the online form, what now?

You will not be able to save a partly completed online application form and return to it and you will be unable to submit the form if you do not fill in required information or if you exceed designated word limits. You are encouraged, therefore, to save your application offline before filling in the online form. If you have technical difficulties completing the online form, please contact the Department for advice at DLSG@education.gov.au or (02) 6240 7088. Due to the large number of applications that are expected, assistance may not be available if requested on the day of close of submission.

Can I include attachments to support my application?

No additional information to what is included in the online application can be provided. Please ensure you provide all of the required information in your application.

Can I amend my application that has already been submitted?

No. As set out on the online Grant Application Form, once your application has been submitted no further amendments can be made.

What happens if my application is late?

Late applications will not be accepted and will not be able to be submitted. We recommend you submit your application well before the closing time and date.

Where can I find further information?

You should read the Grant Guidelines before submitting an application, as they contain important information including eligibility requirements.

For further information on the Digital Literacy School Grants, please visit: www.education.gov.au/inspiring-all-australians-digital-literacy-and-stem.

For information on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies please visit: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.

For information on the National Innovation and Science Agenda, please visit: www.innovation.gov.au/.

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What else is there?

What else is the Australian Government doing to promote digital literacy?

The Australian Government funds a number of programs that support teachers and students to develop or improve their digital literacy skills such as coding and computational thinking. Information on these initiatives is available from www.education.gov.au/list-curriculum-initiatives-programmes-and-events.

The Digital Technologies Hub has been developed by Education Services Australia for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The Hub provides learning resources and services for teachers, students, school leaders and parents. You can access the Digital Technologies Hub at www.digitaltechnologieshub.edu.au/.

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These FAQs were last updated 30 June 2017