SENIORS FUNDING: Community groups can apply for the second round of Queensland Government innovative inclusive grants.
SENIORS FUNDING: Community groups can apply for the second round of Queensland Government innovative inclusive grants.

QLD Government backs creation of age-friendly communities

FUNDING to create communities which are more inclusive of seniors is being offered by the Queensland Government.

The second round of the government's Advancing Queensland: Age-Friendly Community Grants will provide up to $100,000 for successful applicants that can come up with innovative ideas in their local area.

The Minister for Seniors Coralee O'Rourke said; "I'm urging councils, organisations, not-for-profit groups and the community to step-up to the challenge of creating an age-friendly Queensland.

"Seniors are valuable members of our community, which is why we're keen to hear your resourceful, creative, big ideas on how we can improve the lives for our seniors.

"Civic participation and employment, community support and health services, and respect and social inclusion will be the major focus areas of this grant round."

The grant is open to organisations who can display a link between their project and benefits to the local older population. Intergenerational projects are encouraged. The type of organisations that can apply for a grant are - community groups, local councils, non-government organisations, research institutions and universities and for-profit organisations within the private sector.

One of the last year's grant recipients, TESS project coordinator Maria Allen, acknowledged the value of the grant for its Driving On project for seniors in the Fraser Coast/Hervey Bay area.

"The response was overwhelmingly positive and we found that people over 60 were positively engaged to the point where we ran way over time at each seminar," Ms Allen said.

 "I would definitely say apply for the grants as the need is there to educate and engage with ageing members of our community."

Applications for the Advancing Queensland: Age-Friendly Community Grants close at 5pm, Monday June 18, 2018.

For more information and to apply, go to www.qld.gov.au/agefriendlygrants.


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