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The NSW Government is awarding $600,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $60,000 for organisations to deliver locally-driven projects, programs or activities that foster social inclusion for older people.

The grant program aims to support effective, self-sustaining projects that provide meaningful opportunities for older people to connect with each other and develop quality relationships.

For a project to be eligible, it must be 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. Projects should focus on bringing older people together in person through small group activities where possible.

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

How projects can be delivered

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) throughout the year and enable them to develop quality relationships that can be maintained beyond these activities

Applications needed 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.

Further information

Applications closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and are currently being assessed. For further information please refer to the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program Guidelines. These guidelines, which include our Frequently Asked Questions, detail everything you need to know about the program.

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

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Last updated: 01 Apr 2021