Applications are being invited for Mobile Black Spot and Regional Connectivity proposals.

This is a combined grant opportunity, bringing together the Mobile Black Spot Program and the Regional Connectivity Program in two streams, and providing dedicated First Nations funding. 

The $50 million Mobile Black Spot (Round 7) stream will provide grant funding to Mobile Network Operators and infrastructure providers to deliver new handheld mobile coverage to rural, regional and remote locations across Australia.

The $100 million Regional Connectivity (Round 3) stream will provide grant funding to projects that provide place-based new or improved broadband services and/or improved mobile services in eligible locations across Australia.

Both streams include dedicated funding for solutions to improve telecommunications infrastructure in First Nations communities. 

Funding of $22.5 million is identified in this round to support solutions that contribute towards achieving Target 17 of the Closing the Gap initiative, which aims to ensure First Nations people have equal levels of digital inclusion by 2026.

This government says this competitive grant opportunity has been informed by extensive public consultation on the draft guidelines. 

It is open to underserved regions across Australia that are outside major urban centres.

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