Community organisations that help seniors stay social and connected can now apply for a share in the $600,000 NSW Reducing Social Isolation grants program.

Acting Minister for Seniors Kevin Anderson said grants of up to $60,000 are available for projects that help our seniors stay connected.

“It is in the best interests of our seniors and the community that this generation remains as active and socially engaged as possible,” Mr Anderson said.

“The NSW Government is investing in innovative projects that encourage seniors to participate in their communities.

“We’re looking for local, community driven projects and activities that bring seniors together, particularly initiatives that actively engage seniors who are harder to reach.

“When seniors are healthy and active the whole community benefits.”

Initiatives that received funding in last year’s Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors During COVID-19 grants program include social networks focused on sustainable gardening; dance classes delivered online or over the phone; and, a call centre to co-ordinate requests such as pre-cooked meals and warm clothing for the elderly.

The projects and initiatives are aimed at people 65 years and older, or 50 years and older for Aboriginal people who are socially isolated or are at risk of becoming so.

Social inclusion is a key priority of the Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021–2031.

Applications are open until 31 March 2021. For more information or to apply, please click here.