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The NSW Government has awarded $600,000 in funding for initiatives across the state that reduce social isolation for seniors.

Twenty-six organisations received funding to deliver effective, self-sustaining projects that provide meaningful opportunities to help older people connect with each other and develop quality social relationships. Please see the successful grant recipients' page for more information on these projects, including contact details.

Grants were available 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.

The program encouraged projects, programs and activities that seek to actively engage new people, particularly harder-to-reach socially isolated older people. Projects were prioritised that focused on bringing older people together in person through COVID-safe small group activities where possible.

How programs will be delivered

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

The target cohort for this grant is seniors who are socially isolated or at risk of isolation. We supported initiatives that:

  • effectively address social isolation for seniors
  • actively attract seniors who are socially isolated, or at risk
  • are regionally or locally focused, and community driven
  • can show business continuity planning to keep the project running until June 2022
  • give value for money in terms of overall costs and the outcomes and benefits.

Applicants 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, in line with any public health orders.

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

More information

For further information about the program, please see the successful grants recipients' page or read the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program Guidelines.

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

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: 26 May 2021