- McGowan Government makes $100,000 available to improve lives of older people in local communities
- Funding will provide for projects which improve health, transport and social outcomes for people as they age
Local governments are now able to apply for State Government grants of up to $10,000 to implement projects that make their communities more age-friendly.
Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray today announced the $100,000 Age-Friendly Communities Innovation and Implementation Grants Program, which will remain open for applications until March 22, 2018.
The program supports projects that make communities more age-friendly and support older people to experience positive ageing. In 2016-17, the program provided 14 grants totalling $173,731 to local governments for a variety of strategic pilot projects.
These projects included health and exercise programs, home maintenance workshops, digital literacy education, transport initiatives, intergenerational projects, senior-friendly customer services, social engagement, and the formation of seniors groups.
For the latest grant round, priority will be given to applications for collaborative projects between two or more local governments that have local community partners.
More information about the program can be found at https://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/GrantsFunding/Pages/Grants-and-Funding.aspx
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"The age-friendly grants program reflects the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to addressing the needs of our ageing population.
"We are again offering local governments the opportunity to apply for grants that will assist them to better support older members of their communities.
"It has been wonderful to see how the 2016-2017 age-friendly grants program has led to positive changes in communities around Western Australia.
"I look forward to more work being done across the State to improve community access and inclusion for seniors. This Government is working to create more opportunities for older Western Australians to contribute to, and take part in, the life of their local communities.
"More age-friendly communities where everyone is valued and respected are better places for everyone to live."
Minister's office - 6552 6400