More than $1.3M for seniors to live better in NSW

3 Oct 2017

Seniors will benefit from funding now available for projects that will help older people lead active, independent and healthy lives.

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, today announced Round Three of the Liveable Communities Grants Program was open for applications.

“We want NSW to lead the country in supporting fresh ideas that improve the lives of older people, and the communities they live in,” Mrs Davies said.

“The focus of Round Three will be on projects that will increase older people’s participation in artistic, cultural, sport and exercise activities.”

Mrs Davies said applicants will be assessed on innovation, and the potential to create sustainable long-term solutions to issues facing older people.

“DiscoDTours’ ‘Moove and Groove’ silent disco classes for seniors and older people with dementia, received funding under Round Two. The benefits for these participants have been remarkable and now they are looking to expand,” Mrs Davies said.

Applications for the program are open to non-government organisations, local councils, universities and small businesses.

The program was a 2015 election commitment, with $4 million allocated over four years. More than $1.3 million has been allocated to fund Round Three.

Mrs Davies strongly encouraged applications from regional NSW and projects directed specifically towards Indigenous communities.

“A liveable community means living without physical or mental barriers in place. When everyone does everything possible to remove those barriers, it makes for a happy and healthy community for older and younger people alike,” Mrs Davies said.

Applications close at 2pm, Monday 20 November, 2017. For more information or to apply please email LiveableCommunitiesGrants@facs.nsw.gov.au, call (02) 8879 9172 or visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au.