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OPAL Program

The Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL) Program provides $600,000 in funding annually towards a program of work which supports online access to information and resources for Queenslanders in or through public libraries. Through the OPAL Program, State Library is working with public libraries to accelerate the transition to digital modes of delivery to make content, services and programs accessible to everyone. This includes addressing barriers to access including digital literacy skills.

The intended outcomes of the OPAL Program are enhanced connectivity and access to information, expanded Queensland-specific content and increased digital literacies for Queenslanders. These aims will be achieved through four streams of funding:

OPAL Grants

Current Grants

2018-19 Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland

The Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland (TSSQ) program is an ongoing partnership between the Queensland Government (led by State of Queensland) and Telstra.

The 2018-19 program will continue to be delivered through selected Queensland Local Government library services and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs), and will provide seniors with the opportunity to participate in free digital literacy training sessions and activities that will develop their skills and confidence to use technology.

The total 2018-19 TSSQ grant funding amount on offer is $285,000. All Councils who operate a library service or IKC will be eligible to apply for a TSSQ Grant of up to $15,000 to deliver the program to seniors in their council region.

The 2018-19 TSSQ Grant Guidelines will guide library services and IKCs in developing their grant applications. Please read the Grant Guidelines carefully before completing the TSSQ Grant Application Form. Please note that the grant application form is a PDF fill-able form, and once the form is complete, please email it to ic@slq.qld.gov.au.

Grant opens Monday 20 August 2018

Grant closes 5pm Friday 14 September 2018

The TSSQ Grant is funded through State Library (OPAL program), Telstra and the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors.

For more information please contact ic@slq.qld.gov.au or 07 3842 9058.

Past Grants

Tech Savvy Regional Queensland Grant 2018-19: Grants awarded

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2018: Grants awarded   (PDF 284.8 KB)

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2017: Grants awarded   (PDF 394.9 KB)

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland 2017: for more information on the program visit the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland page

Last updated
17th August 2018