Move it Aus! Community grant to boost fitness in seniors
AUSTRALIAN seniors wanting to get out of the house and into a fit and active lifestyle have received a $22.9 million boost through the Move It Aus - Better Ageing Grant Program.
The program aims to increase levels of physical activity of Australians aged 65 and over by backing community-based activities to the tune of $2 million across a two-year period.
And with population ageing and 25 per cent of seniors not meeting their fitness requirements, the help can't come soon enough!
The objective is to improve older Australians overall health and wellbeing, particularly those less active by:
- Enhancing the understanding and benefits of regular physical activity
- Improving access to sport and physical activity opportunities
- Enabling regular engagement in sport and physical activity
- Enhancing the capability and capacity of organisations and staff to deliver age-appropriate activities
Successful candidates will also be required to implement awareness campaigns to promote the benefits of physical activity.
To be eligible to apply for the Better Ageing Grant Program, applicants must be one of the following entity types and have been operating for 12 months or longer:
- Sporting Organisations including National Sporting Organisations (NSO) and National Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (NSOD)
- A Non-Government Organisation (an NGO is an organisation which is neither a government agency nor a business operating for profit) including physical activity organisations
- Local Government Organisations - the Australian Capital Territory does not have local government entities and is therefore eligible to apply.
Eligible organisations may partner with other organisations, including those with more experience working with older Australians, to achieve program objectives (see Program Guidelines).
Please refer to the Move It Aus - Better Ageing Grants Program Guidelines for additional eligibility criteria.