The 2012 ACCAN Grants Scheme is now available, offering $250,000 in funding for consumer-focused telecommunications research and consumer education or advocacy tools.
In its third year, the ACCAN Grants Scheme funds developments that work towards an organisation’s vision of affordable communications services for Australians.
Projects should have a focus on the creation of versatile resources for communications consumers and/or a strong substantiation for ACCAN's telecommunication consumer advocacy activities.
Projects will be assessed by an independent grants panel, which make recommendations to the ACCAN Board.
The ACCAN Grants Scheme carries an annual budget of $250,000 and accepts applications during one round each year.
ACCAN CEO, Teresa Corbin, said the scheme has already produced some great work.
“Last year the scheme attracted 71 applications for a really wide scope of activities. Funded projects had one common goal in mind and that’s making the telecommunications market work for consumers,” she said.
Some examples of previous work include: a joint project with Swinburne University, Central Land Council and the Centre for Appropriate Technology that undertook research into home Internet models for remote Indigenous communities; a youth advocacy project led by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence; and consumer resources on social media accessibility for people with disability by Media Access Australia.
The 2012 round will close April 2.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding amounts appropriate to their project to a maximum of $60,000.
An announcement about funded projects will be made in June.