There is currently no set deadline for expressions of interest this year. Should you be interested in applying, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest at your earliest convenience as proposed initiatives will be assessed on a rolling basis.
Yes, Multiple expressions of interest can be lodged so long as each is for a different initiative. Where initiatives are part of an overall proposal, these should be submitted as one expression of interest.
Formal program guidelines including the assessment process are currently being developed and will be published on the Smart Places website.
While there is no formal limit, in the first year of the program we are encouraging expressions of interest under $5 million.
High level information will be sufficient to register an expression of interest, however, a more detailed 'lean business case' will be requested to advance through the application process.
At this stage there are no formal application rounds. Should you be interested in applying, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest at your earliest convenience as proposed initiatives will be assessed on a rolling basis.
The Smart Places Acceleration Program follows a co-investment model. Any initiative put forward for the Smart Places Acceleration Program must support the interests and overarching goals of both the State and local council or place-owner partners, with the expected outcomes of the initiative benefitting all co-investment partners.
To ensure broad accessibility and equity of opportunity to submit proposals, contributions can be both financial e.g. acquiring equipment, services or people to deliver parts of the pilot and in-kind e.g. providing access to assets (physical or digital), access to information, data or systems or existing resource and multiple partners can be engaged. This reflects the different levels of financial, knowledge and delivery capability of potential co-investment partners.
To ensure compliance with Digital Restart Fund criteria and guidelines, a NSW government agency must always be included in a proposal and each proposal will need to be clear on what each partner is providing, the work they do and what the ownership of assets developed (including any IP) will be going forward. In line with the current Digital Restart Fund criteria and guidelines, only the digital component/s of a proposal can be funded by the Program, with any physical technology (operating technology) and connectivity infrastructure requiring funding through the co-investment partners.