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Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program is an initiative to address social isolation for older people and to fund projects that address the challenges and barriers that contribute to social isolation.

Grants available under the program are for organisations to create projects, programs and activities aimed at older people aged 65 years and over, or 50 years and over for Aboriginal people, who are socially isolated or at risk of isolation.

Successful projects focus on bringing older people together in person through small group activities where possible.

Round Two Open

Following the success of the first round of grants in 2021, Round 2 has now opened.

Round Two offers $600,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $60,000 for local government authorities and not-for-profit community organisations to design and implement 12-month programs that promote social inclusion and reduce seniors’ isolation and loneliness.

The program encourages projects, programs and activities that seek to actively engage new people, particularly harder-to-reach socially isolated older people.

Applications should demonstrate adaptability in the way social connections will be maintained to accommodate potential changes to social mobility during this period, e.g. moving to online or virtual gatherings should physical gatherings be restricted, to align with any public health orders.

Please review the Guidelines and FAQs before making an application online via SmartyGrants.

Applications are OPEN now until 15 November 2021.

If you have any questions, please email ageing@dcj.nsw.gov.au

Round One

26 organisations received funding in Round One to deliver effective, self-sustaining projects that provide meaningful opportunities to help older people connect with each other and develop quality social relationships.

The 26 successful grant recipients will deliver projects, programs and activities that help older people connect and engage with each other through small group activities that bring them together in person (if possible) and enable them to develop quality relationships that can be maintained beyond these activities.

Successful projects from Round One have commenced and are being delivered in the community.

Please see the successful grant recipients' page for more information and contact details.

More information

For further information about the program, please see the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program Guidelines and FAQs.

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Last updated: 12 Oct 2021