South Australian local councils can apply for a one-off Age Friendly SA Grant of up to $40,000, while regional partnerships involving at least three local government authorities can apply for up to $60,000, SA Health announced today.
Up to $600,000 in funding has been announced as part of SA Health’s Ageing Well Community Grants program for local organisations to help support South Australians age well across the state through three different grant rounds.
The Office for Ageing Well is offering grants ranging from $5,000 to $60,000 to progress activities and programs designed to bring generations together and promote more positive community attitudes towards ageing and older people.
Projects successful in receiving these grants previously include initiatives that bridged the gap between younger and senior generations of the Islamic community, while another program linking seniors with marginalised community members aimed to help develop their self-esteem and building friendships.
“The Office for Ageing Well Community Grants range from $5,000 to $60,000 and can help support community activities or wider programs that develop positive attitudes towards ageing,” said A/Executive Director of Office for Ageing Well, Cassie Mason.
“The grants are a fantastic opportunity to support older South Australians within the community, enabling them to share their knowledge and expertise with new generations.
“We encourage community organisations and local councils across South Australia to apply for one of the relevant grants currently on offer,” she said.
Through the Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants, organisations working with older South Australians as either co-creators or participants have the opportunity to apply for up to $40,000 for an initiative that can enable them to contribute their knowledge and experience in community building, specifically in areas that value older people and ageing well.
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) will coach and mentor recipients of these grants, with an aim to create long-term and self-sustaining change.
The Grants for Seniors Funding Round is also available for organisations whose initiatives and programs encourage older South Australians to increase engagement with the community, help reduce social isolation, and promote greater wellbeing.
Up to $5,000 in grants are being offered towards equipment or materials for activities and social engagement, with up to $10,000 to assist with funding cultural, social, educational or ageing well activities of older people.
All Age Friendly SA Grant projects must align with the State Government’s Age Friendly SA Strategy priorities of home, community and environment, making a contribution, making it easier to get around, intergenerational connectedness, and age friendly services.
Organisations that apply for any Ageing Well Community Grant program should be working with older people – including those from diverse backgrounds – to develop and deliver the vision of their project.
Applications close on Friday, 10 February 2023. For more info, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/communitygrants.