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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

Tech Savvy Regional Queensland Grant 2018

The Tech Savvy Regional Queensland (TSRQ) Grant Program will provide funding to regional Council library services to deliver digital inclusive programs to provide opportunities for their community to embrace digital technology, increase digital inclusion and build digital skills to help reduce social isolation. Total TSRQ grant funding amount on offer is $170,000.

All regional Councils with a Rural Libraries Queensland library service or a small Independent library service (with a population of 30,000 and under) in a regional location will be eligible to apply for a TSRQ Grant of up to $10,000 to deliver digital inclusion focused programs.

Eligible library services will be encouraged to develop a digital inclusive program idea that would best meet the needs and interest of their respective communities. Libraries are able to delivery digital inclusion focused programs such as Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland, Coding and Robotics and Creative Community Computing with this grant funding if it meets the needs and interest of the community. Relevant State Library staff will be able to assist you with further information about these programs and the resources available.

Collaboration with community groups, organisations, businesses and not for profits will be viewed favourably.

The TSRQ Grant Guidelines  (PDF 305.2 KB) will guide Councils in developing applications. Please read the grant guidelines carefully before completing the Grant Application Form  (PDF 533.9 KB). Please note the application form is a PDF fill-able form. Once the form is complete email it to ic@slq.qld.gov.au .

If you are unable to access or complete the form you can request an alternative format at the details below.

Grant opens Friday 11 May 2018

Grant closes 5pm Friday 8 June 2018

The TSRQ Grant is funded through the OPAL program.

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

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2018

Funding totalling $450,000 is available to Queensland Local Government library services or Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCS) to apply for project funding of up to $30,000 to deliver strategic initiatives through public libraries across Queensland that:

  • reflect one or more of the themes outlined in The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Public Libraries: Creative community spaces; Connectors – physical and virtual; Technology trendsetters; Incubators of ideas, learning and innovation,
    or
  • support the OPAL Program objectives through implementation of initiatives to accelerate the transition to digital modes of delivery to make content, services and programs accessible to everyone. This includes increasing access and digital literacy skills.

The Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant Guidelines  (PDF 273.9 KB) will guide Councils in developing applications. Please read the grant guidelines carefully before completing the Grant Application Form  (PDF 1.5 MB). Please note the application form is a PDF fill-able form. Once the form is complete email it to lgc@slq.qld.gov.au .

If you are unable to access or complete the form you can request an alternative format at the details below.

Grant opens Monday 26 February 2018

Grant closes 5pm Thursday 29 March 2018

The Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant is funded through VISION 2017 and the OPAL program.

For more information contact lgc@slq.qld.gov.au or 07 3842 9047.

Past Grants

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
10th May 2018