Community groups and councils to share in funding to encourage age-friendly communities

28 June 2018.

Six groups were successful in the latest Community Connects funding round.

Six community groups and local councils will share in almost $70,000 to help make their communities age-friendly.

The Community Connects grants help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life, and support their community to prepare for an ageing population.

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

In the May funding round six groups were successful including Waimakariri District Council, Hurunui District Council, Napier City Council, Carterton District Council, Well-Able (Kapiti Disability Centre) and Eastern Bay Villages:Te Kokoru Manaakitanga.

The successful applicants and their projects include:

  • Well-Able (Kapiti Disability Centre) to design and develop a set of resources that can be used in primary schools and pre-schools to help children in these schools grow empathy and understanding of the needs of older people in the community
  • Eastern Bay Villages: Te Kokoru Manaakitanga for work consultation on age-friendly initiatives and exploring ways to reduce vulnerability and social isolation in rural Māori Communities.
  • Waimakariri District Council to develop an Age-friendly community plan for the Waimakariri district
  • Hurunui District Council to develop a detailed assessment of the current and future needs of the Hurunui’s older people
  • Napier City Council to help develop an implementation plan for the Napier Positive Ageing Strategy.
  • Carterton District Council, for the three Wairapapa district councils, to develop an age-friendly strategy

For more information on Community Connects, go to