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Ageing well community grants now open for South Australians

Local government entities can apply for a one-off Age Friendly SA Grant of up to $40,000, while regional partnerships involving at least three local government authorities can seek up to $60,000.

Up to $600,000 is now available to help local organisations improve the lives of older South Australians.

Director of Office for Ageing Well, Cassie Mason, said organisations that seek funding should be supporting older South Australians, including those from diverse cultures and backgrounds, to age well and participate in their community.

“The Office for Ageing Well’s 2020-21 Community Grants range from $5,000 to $60,000 and are available to support community activities or wider programs that develop more positive attitudes towards ageing,” Mason said.

“Grants for Seniors promote opportunities for older South Australians to engage with the community, reducing social isolation and contributing to wellbeing.

“Funding of up to $10,000 is available to support participation in cultural, social, educational, or ageing well activities while grants of up to $5,000 are available to pay for equipment and materials.”

Local government entities can apply for a one-off Age Friendly SA Grant of up to $40,000, while regional partnerships involving at least three local government authorities can seek up to $60,000.

To be eligible, the grants need to comply with the State Government’s Age Friendly SA Strategy key priorities of home, community and environment, making a contribution, making it easier to get around, intergenerational connectedness, and age friendly services.

Mason said the grants of up to $40,000 dollars will provide valuable opportunities for Older South Australians to be active in their communities and to recognise their valuable contributions.

“Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants recipients will receive coaching and mentoring from The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to achieve long-term, positive outcomes for older people,” Mason said.

“The projects should reflect the strategic priorities and enabling factors of South Australia’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-25: home and community; meaningful connections; navigating change; tackling ageism; growing diversity; and increasing accessibility.”

Applications for all grants close at 5pm, Monday 15 March 2021.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/communitygrants.

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