Community Connects grants open

14 August 2019.

The second round of funding for 2019 is now open.

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.

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

The current funding round is now open with applications closing on 13 October 2019.

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 April funding round eight groups were successful including the Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, Hauraki District Council, Horowhenua District Council, HBH Senior Living, Kapiti Coast Grey Power, Nelson-Tasman Community Transport Trust, New Plymouth Age Friendly Trust and TOA Pacific.

The projects funded include developing an Age-friendly community plan and establishing an intergenerational and age-friendly social support hub for older people.

For more information on Community Connects, including the eligibility criteria and how to apply, go to this link