The auDA Foundation ensuring greater digital inclusion in the 2016 grant round

Posted by on 21 June 2016

We are pleased to announce that 15 grants have been awarded in the 2016 round, by the auDA Foundation Board, for a total funding amount of $382,942.21.

The awarded grants cover a variety outputs, including:

  • Online Program Development
  • Information Portal
  • PhD
  • Research
  • Training Delivery

A number of the project themes reflect the important topics to be discussed at our Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF), October this year.

Awarded under the Digital Inclusion topic (in the National Year of Digital Inclusion):

  • Inclusion Training – Digital learning for people with intellectual disability, an online program to be development to assist in the digital inclusion within health/disability groups
  • Women’s Wellness Research Program, by Griffith University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Menzies Health Institute – an e-learning program ‘The Pasifika Diabetes Wellness program’ targeting Pacific Islander Communities
  • Central Queensland University – Improving the affordability of Internet access for Indigenous communities
  • Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia – Online video-based peer support for rural Australians affected by cancer
  • Royal Hospital for Women – Making expert antenatal education available online

auDA Foundation Director Derek Whitehead, remarked on the increased focus in many applications received, for greater inclusivity of diverse communities, across Australia. "The Foundation Directors welcome the opportunity to support the National Year of Digital Inclusion. There was a great range of proposals on this theme, focusing on how the Internet can play a critical role in helping people to overcome social, geographic and cultural barriers.”

Read the full list of 2016 grant recipients here. This is the 9th funding round of the auDA Foundation, which has now funded 127 projects for a total of $2,666,038.21.