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3.3 - Improve the discoverability and accessibility of government data: Grants

Overall status:

Under this commitment, the Government is building GrantConnect, a central whole-of-government system that will forecast and publish grant opportunities, automatically notify public users of grant opportunities of interest, and publish information on grants awarded.

Current status

GrantConnect went live on 6 February 2017 for Phase 1 functionality, the central discovery and notification of Commonwealth grant opportunities, and access to grant guidelines.

The publishing mandate for Phase 1 took effect on 30 April 2017.  All non-corporate Commonwealth entities must now publish grant opportunities and grant opportunity guidelines on GrantConnect.

To date 16 entities, representing more than 90% of Commonwealth granting activity, have used GrantConnect to advertise 118 grant opportunities. Entities have also published forecast opportunities to provide early notice of future potential grant opportunities. Over 2,950 potential grantees and interested parties have registered to receive notification of relevant forecast and grant opportunities of interest, which has in turn improved the discoverability and accessibility of grant opportunities.

Other stakeholders

Government: All non-Corporate Commonwealth entities that undertake grants administration.

Non-Government: All potential grant recipients (e.g. business, not-for-profits, individuals).

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Implementation Period Status

Finance to implement Phase One of the GrantConnect platform to enable public users to:

  • register to receive notification on grant opportunities that match their self-defined profiles

  • watch forecast opportunities as they move from planning to grant opportunities open for applications; and

  • access grant guidelines for each opportunity and be notified about changes to grants processes.

Late 2016-Late 2017 Completed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Last updated: 01/12/2017

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