Timeline extended for key regional connectivity schemes

Local governments have been given more time to apply for the Federal Government’s $160 million regional communications co-investment schemes – the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) and Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) grants.

Applications were originally due by 12 July, but stakeholders, including councils, indicated they needed extra time so the deadline has been extended until 11 August.

Federal funding is available for communications infrastructure including mobile towers, upgraded NBN infrastructure and connectivity improvements for remote indigenous communities.

A total of $160 million has been allocated for the two streams:

  • $110 million under Round 3 of the RCP, including indicative funding for telecommunications infrastructure solutions in First Nations communities in eligible areas across Australia ($15 million) and in Central Australia ($10 million); and
  • $50 million under Round 7 of the MBSP, including indicative funding of $7.5 million for solutions that provide new mobile coverage in First Nations communities.

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), communities, councils, Members of Parliament and other interested parties are encouraged to work together to develop multi-carrier mobile solutions.

To apply, visit: grants.gov.au (search for Grant Opportunity GO6185).

For more info click here: Regional Connectivity Program Round 3 and Mobile Black Spot Program Round 7