Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program

Businesses throughout regional and remote Australia continue to face wide-reaching challenges that have been rarely experienced before.

Even with all this adversity, regional businesses are still striving to maintain their competitiveness and relevance through innovation and determination.

In 2020, we developed the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI). Now in its second year, the program will again recognise and showcase regional and remote businesses, who are:

  • Innovators or entrepreneurs inspiring others in their community
  • Champions of digital adoption
  • Continuing to facilitate the digital capabilities and benefits of the nbn™ network
  • Advocates of supporting regional businesses

Through this grant program, we aim to encourage those businesses from regional or remote areas with their technology-led ideas, with the aim of facilitating and supporting further growth.


Indigenous Business award winner and last year’s Champion, 

Jason Davis from WUNA (HoldAccess)

Learn more about WUNA (HoldAccess) the innovative digital platform and tool that aims to support, and connect indigenous Australians by providing empowerment through autonomy. 

The founder and CEO behind the organisation, Jason Davis was presented with the inaugural Indigenous Business award and recognised as the overall Champion of the 2020 Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program. 


Who can apply? 

We’re looking for digital businesses in regional and remote Australia who live and breathe technology and are:
  • Harnessing the benefits of the nbn™ network to enable regional Australians to live, learn and work in a digital society
  • Innovative digital businesses challenging the traditional markets in regional Australia
  • Businesses who are lifting digital participation and stimulating regional economies
  • Champions of digital adoption for regional and remote communities

Grant categories

This year the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program offers seven specific categories and an overall Champion award. 
 
Each grant category aims to recognise and celebrate regional businesses who are overcoming challenges with innovation, connectivity and networking within their communities. 
Women in Regional Business Health Arts Education Agriculture Tourism Indigenous Business

Our Connecting Australia research shows a rise in Australian women bringing their ideas to the fore and starting their own businesses – and we want to help these savvy professionals to turn their dreams into reality . 

You may be an entrepreneurial businesswoman in a regional area who uses digital innovation to not only expand market-reach, but drive community-led change. 

You’ll also be a leader with a deep passion and drive to push for meaningful equality for women in regional and remote communities.

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Research shows a long-term disparity in health outcomes between city and regional areas. 

With this in mind, we're looking for businesses who are offering innovative digital health solutions with an aim of helping to improve healthcare access for regional and remote Australians, irrespective of where they live. 

This could include how healthcare is delivered virtually, or how your business is helping to improve digital literacy with online health solutions including telehealth, electronic health records and e-prescriptions

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The arts and cultural communities throughout regional Australia are brimming with people from all walks of life. 

We’re looking for businesses run by artists and unique characters who continue to drive exciting content that has a positive impact on their local areas. 

Businesses that are ready to show the way they use technology to bring their passion to life and engage with their audiences, both domestically and internationally. 

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With education for all ages becoming more accessible online and the pandemic forcing many of us to shift to digital and remote learning, the need for creative and inclusive educational opportunities has never been more important. 

We're looking for progressive businesses who are providing flexible online learning options that are helping to redefine and futureproof regional and remote education. 

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Digital agriculture is the future of farming, with the potential to add $20.3 billion to the value of the Australian agriculture industry by the year 2030. 

You may be an agribusiness with a technology focus, exploring new technologies and solutions for supply chains, livestock management, shared data analysis or bio-security,  or you may have built an app to help connect local farms with the rest of world. 

If this sounds like you, and you’re as familiar with a pixel as you are with a paddock – we want to see your application.

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The pandemic has proven challenging for our local tourism and hospitality industries. 

Through initiatives like the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, we’re doing what we can to get behind tech-savvy operators in the  tourism sector. 

We’re looking for established regional tourism specialists who embrace digital innovation to either help  optimise their unique offering, or actively promote your region’s key attractions. 

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As an Indigenous business owner, you embrace innovation and have bold ideas on how to create solutions and find new ways to operate; all within the digital landscape. 

You could be an Indigenous-owned enterprise, or a tech company that’s partnering with Indigenous remote communities -  if you’ve used connected technology to bring your idea to life, we’d love to hear from you.

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Women in Regional Business

Our Connecting Australia research shows a rise in Australian women bringing their ideas to the fore and starting their own businesses – and we want to help these savvy professionals to turn their dreams into reality . 

You may be an entrepreneurial businesswoman in a regional area who uses digital innovation to not only expand market-reach, but drive community-led change. 

You’ll also be a leader with a deep passion and drive to push for meaningful equality for women in regional and remote communities.

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Health

Research shows a long-term disparity in health outcomes between city and regional areas. 

With this in mind, we're looking for businesses who are offering innovative digital health solutions with an aim of helping to improve healthcare access for regional and remote Australians, irrespective of where they live. 

This could include how healthcare is delivered virtually, or how your business is helping to improve digital literacy with online health solutions including telehealth, electronic health records and e-prescriptions

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Arts

The arts and cultural communities throughout regional Australia are brimming with people from all walks of life. 

We’re looking for businesses run by artists and unique characters who continue to drive exciting content that has a positive impact on their local areas. 

Businesses that are ready to show the way they use technology to bring their passion to life and engage with their audiences, both domestically and internationally. 

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Education

With education for all ages becoming more accessible online and the pandemic forcing many of us to shift to digital and remote learning, the need for creative and inclusive educational opportunities has never been more important. 

We're looking for progressive businesses who are providing flexible online learning options that are helping to redefine and futureproof regional and remote education. 

1216391310
Agriculture

Digital agriculture is the future of farming, with the potential to add $20.3 billion to the value of the Australian agriculture industry by the year 2030. 

You may be an agribusiness with a technology focus, exploring new technologies and solutions for supply chains, livestock management, shared data analysis or bio-security,  or you may have built an app to help connect local farms with the rest of world. 

If this sounds like you, and you’re as familiar with a pixel as you are with a paddock – we want to see your application.

1180642027
Tourism

The pandemic has proven challenging for our local tourism and hospitality industries. 

Through initiatives like the Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, we’re doing what we can to get behind tech-savvy operators in the  tourism sector. 

We’re looking for established regional tourism specialists who embrace digital innovation to either help  optimise their unique offering, or actively promote your region’s key attractions. 

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Indigenous Business

As an Indigenous business owner, you embrace innovation and have bold ideas on how to create solutions and find new ways to operate; all within the digital landscape. 

You could be an Indigenous-owned enterprise, or a tech company that’s partnering with Indigenous remote communities -  if you’ve used connected technology to bring your idea to life, we’d love to hear from you.

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Grants

The program will award one grant of $10,000 to an organisation or business project aligned with each of the above categories. 
 
Applications are only open to one category. Additionally, one regional/remote business will be recognised and awarded with the ‘Innovate with nbn™ Champion award’ worth $25,000. 
 
All businesses applying will need an Australian Business Number (ABN) to qualify. 

5 x $10,000

Covering each of the segments:

  • Health
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism

$10,000

Innovate with nbn™ Regional Women in Business Grant

$10,000

Innovate with nbn™ Indigenous Business Grant

$25,000

Innovate with nbn
Champion Award

Applications

Applications close on 30 November 2021.

Successful Grant recipients will be announced February 2022.

If your application has been successful, we will contact you to discuss next steps and when we will announce the winners. If you’re not selected for a grant in one of our designated categories, we’ll email you a notification in the new year to let you know. As you can imagine, with so many great applications, deciding where to allocate funds won’t be easy.

Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program partners:

nbn

nbn is commited to lifting the digital capability of Australia, helping Australians to have access to a fast, reliable broadband network.

Regional and remote communities across Australia are a priority for nbn, and in 2019 a dedicated business unit - nbn™ Regional & Remote – was created to help meet the needs of customers in rural and regional Australia, while aiming to raise the digital capability of these areas.

Regional Australia Institute (RAI)
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is the only national, independent think tank dedicated to supporting the prosperity of regional Australia. Our research and community engagement enables us to develop strong policy solutions to transform Australia’s future. The RAI is the voice of the regions.