$600,000 in Grant Funding to Keep Seniors Connected

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NSW seniors will have more opportunities for social activities and learning new skills thanks to a $600,000 NSW Government initiative.

Minister for Seniors, Jodie Harrison said the Connecting Seniors grant program would fund projects aimed at engaging older people and keeping them involved with their communities.

“These grants support activities which can provide a social lifeline for seniors, especially those who live alone,” Minister Harrison said.

Member for the State Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr MP said “Our population is growing older and we want to make sure our seniors are provided with opportunities for them to socialise while enjoying engaging experiences.”

The grant program, which opened Friday 22 September, 2023 is divided into three categories.
Not-for-profit community organisations can apply for:

• Category 1: Creation grants for new projects, with $20,000 awarded to five innovative projects with an overall value of $100,000.

• Category 2: Enhancement and/or expansion grants for existing projects, with $30,000 each for ten different organisations with an overall value of $300,000.

Local councils are only able to apply for:
• Category 3: Local council grants for local council projects, with $40,000 each for five different councils with an overall value of $200,000.

The Connecting Seniors grant program builds on previous grants, which have been proven to reduce social isolation for thousands of seniors in NSW.

Some grant-funded initiatives include a family history research project, dancing lessons, art classes and wellness workshops.

“I am looking forward to seeing what fantastic ideas evolve from the Connecting Seniors grant program and I encourage eligible organisations to apply,” Minister Harrison added.

The Connecting Seniors grant program delivers on the Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021-2031, with the government committed to creating a more inclusive community and addressing isolation and loneliness.

Grant applications will close on Wednesday 25 October, 2023. Successful projects will commence in early 2024.
For more information go to: Connecting Seniors Grant Program