The Regional Connectivity Program grants opportunity (the RCP) will provide up to $53 million of targeted investment in ‘place-based’ telecommunications infrastructure projects which maximise economic and social opportunities in regional, rural and remote Australian communities.

This is part of the $220 million Stronger Regional Digital Connectivity Package, announced in the Government’s response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The RCP has been designed through extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including through the release of a discussion paper in August 2019 and public consultation on the draft program guidelines in March 2020.

Applications for RCP funding are now open to interested parties from the telecommunications industry, regional communities, regional development organisations and local businesses as well as local, state and territory governments. The guidelines and application process are available on the Government’s central grants website: www.grants.gov.au.

The Government has also launched a project noticeboard for the RCP. The noticeboard seeks to help communities form partnerships with the telecommunications sector to develop applications for RCP funding. Members of the community are invited to upload their project proposals to the noticeboard throughout the application period.

Applications and the noticeboard are both open until 20 October 2020 (5:00pm AEDT).