Grants between $5000 and $200,000 are up-for-grabs for community organisations, local government bodies, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups through the Victorian Government's Let's Stay Connected Fund.
The Great South Coast Regional Partnership is one of the nine regional partnerships which highlighted the links between social connection and community wellbeing to the state government which resulted in the fund.
Chair Lisa Dwyer said the fund would support groups develop accessible, digital content or scale up innovative approaches to community activation and engagement to combat loneliness and isolation.
"Coronavirus has seen an accelerated uptake of digital usage that touches almost every aspect of our lives; from online shopping, schooling and working to the virtual celebrations of first birthdays or lives already lived. But what if you don't have internet access or don't know how to utilise this technology?" she said.
"The Let's Stay Connected Fund has been established to support all Victorians in getting connected and staying connected.
"If you're a community organisation with ideas that can build community-led and community-based digital connections, this is an initiative you cannot miss."
The Government announced the fund on July 17 to support community connection in response to the challenges presented by physical distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The program will support new and scaled up projects to help address social isolation and loneliness in the community as a result of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Applications for the Let's Stay Connected Fund close on August 31 and applicants are encouraged to apply at djpr.vic.gov.au/lets-stay-connected.
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