Essential Technology Fund


The funding recipients from the State Government’s Essential Technology Fund have been determined with a total of $350,000 being distributed to 62 community service organisations around the state. View the list of grant recipients.

 


Purpose & Overview

Community service organisations are invited to apply to the Essential Technology Fund.

The $250,000 fund, administered by TasCOSS on behalf of the State Government, will provide financial assistance to community service organisations in Tasmania that are required to change service delivery models in response to COVID-19.

The fund has been established to enable organisations to access and purchase technology to continue to deliver vital support services to Tasmanians in vulnerable circumstances through new service delivery methods online, by phone and working from home.

Organisations are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000. A larger amount may be granted at the funding body’s discretion if need is demonstrated and funding is available.

Community service organisations can apply to the Essential Technology Fund to purchase devices, data, software, phones or whatever it takes to keep providing vital services to Tasmanians. Retrospective funding can be requested for any technology needs purchased from 10 March 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts of service delivery.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 24 April 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Essential Technology Fund, please contact Amy Bailey, Community Services COVID-19 Response Coordinator, via email.

Are you a mental health or alcohol and other drug funded service?

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) will administer a Community Managed Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug Sector COVID-19 Technology Fund. Organisations can apple for up to $20,000 to for existing services.

The $450,000 fund will be used to ensure ongoing access to mental health, alcohol and other drug supports during the COVID-19 impact period for Tasmanians. Click here to find out more.

Applications to the Community Managed Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drug Sector COVID-19 Technology Fund have closed.


Eligibility

  • Organisations must be legal entities, registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), based in Tasmania in the community services industry and providing support services to Tasmanians in vulnerable circumstances
  • Retrospective funding can be requested for any technology needs purchased from 10 March 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts of service delivery.
  • Funding will available for technology needs that are now required to deliver services as a result of the impact from COVID-19.
  • Organisations are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000. A larger amount may be granted at the funding body’s discretion if need is demonstrated and funding is available.
  • Funds are available for new technology, technology support and equipment to deliver vital services to Tasmanians such as:
    • Devices for staff or clients (laptops, phones, monitors, tablets, etc).
    • Online platforms/CRMs that will improve organisational delivery and connection with clients (video conferencing, accounting systems, website upgrades, digital connection platforms, etc).
    • Infrastructure for connectivity (data and mobile plans, microphones, cameras, upgrade servers, etc).
    • Training and support for staff and clients to increase capacity for effective delivery.

Assessment Criteria

TasCOSS will use the following criteria to assess Essential Technology Fund applications.

Assessment Criteria Weight Percentage
Demonstrated Need
  • Evidence of impact from COVID-19 on traditional service delivery.
  • Evidence that the request for technology needs would support the organisation to deliver services to Tasmanians in vulnerable circumstances or support these Tasmanians to access the service.
50%
Price and Value for Money
  • Clear outline of what technology needs are being requested and an indication of research into pricing.
  • Outline how goods/services will be distributed to the organisations/clients.
50%