Grants round opens

Waipa Post - - Crimeline -

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the Com­mu­nity Con­nects grants which help fund projects that pro­mote the in­clu­sion and con­tri­bu­tion of older peo­ple in com­mu­nity life.

Of­fice for Se­niors di­rec­tor Diane Turner said the grants are avail­able to help com­mu­ni­ties pre­pare for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“We know that New Zealand’s pop­u­la­tion is age­ing and we want to see older peo­ple be­ing val­ued and able to con­trib­ute to and par­tic­i­pate in their com­mu­ni­ties as they age,” she says.

“A re­cent eval­u­a­tion of our three pi­lot age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties showed that com­mu­ni­ties need sup­port get­ting started to ei­ther make a plan, or to put a plan into ac­tion.

“These grants will sup­port this.”

The fund makes one-off grants of up to $15,000 as part of an an­nual bud­get of $100,000.

The Oc­to­ber fund­ing round is now open with ap­pli­ca­tions clos­ing on Oc­to­ber 31.

The grants are open to any New Zealand coun­cil, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion, or reg­is­tered non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion. All ap­pli­ca­tions must be sup­ported by their lo­cal coun­cil.

In the May fund­ing round six groups were suc­cess­ful. Projects funded in­clude de­vel­op­ing re­sources for schools, en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion and de­vel­op­ing an Age-friendly com­mu­nity plan.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on Com­mu­nity Con­nects, in­clud­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria and how to ap­ply visit su­per­se­niors.msd.govt.nz

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