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The 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 were available in Round One (early 2021) and Round Two (late 2021) for local government authorities and not-for-profit community 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.

The Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program (Rounds One and Two) follows the Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors During COVID-19 Grant Program (2020).

Round Two Projects Announced

Following the success of Round One of the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program in early 2021, applications for funding through Round 2 opened in late 2021.

Twenty-four organisations were successful, sharing in $600,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $60,000 to design and implement 12-month projects that promote social inclusion and reduce seniors’ isolation and loneliness.

Please see the Round Two Successful Grant Recipients page for more information and contact details.

Funded projects actively engage new people, particularly harder-to-reach socially isolated older people, and focus on bringing older people together in person through small group activities (where possible) and enable them to develop quality relationships that can be maintained beyond these activities.

Successful applicants were required to 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.

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 Round One Successful Grant Recipients page for more information and contact details.

More information

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

If you have any queries or wish to be contacted for future seniors grant opportunities please email ageing@dcj.nsw.gov.au

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Last updated: 24 Dec 2021