Funding support to create age-friendly communities

  • 18 organisations will receive more than $220,000 funding through the Cook Government’s Age-friendly Communities Connectivity Grants Program
  • Grants encourage age-friendly and positive ageing strategies

More than $220,000 will be made available by the Cook Labor Government to 18 Western Australian organisations, including local governments, to implement age-friendly and positive ageing strategies.

Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch today announced the recipients of the State Government’s Age-friendly Communities Grants Program for 2022-2023.

The program fosters the development of age-friendly communities, where people are respected, feel safe and have opportunities for social, cultural and economic participation in community life as they age.

Eligible organisations were able to apply for grants to support age-friendly planning and implementation of community priorities and recommendations.

Among the funded projects was a monthly Wellness Caf in the cities of Melville and Canning, which received $13,600 to promote activities to enhance healthy ageing.

An adapted sports program in the South West received $12,400 for providing seniors an opportunity to try accessible sports such as walking football, tennis and softball, and a $7,800 grant was awarded to a digital connection program.

The Marionettes and Memories program run by Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, will use their $15,000 to engage seniors with puppetry in a relaxed, fun, and meaningful way.

The Age-friendly Communities Grants Program is being administered by Local Government Professionals Australia WA.

As stated by Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:

“Age-friendly communities strengthen community support and increase inclusion to ultimately benefit the whole community. People are supported to continue living with meaning, purpose and value.

“The Age-friendly Communities Connectivity Grants Program encourages innovative strategies and pilot projects, to test new ways of achieving age-friendly communities.

“While local governments play a big role, it’s also gratifying to see many community organisations receive funding under this program.”

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