Grants for more innovative communities
With a higher than average percentage of older people living in the Port Macquarie electorate, local MP Leslie Williams has welcomed today’s announcement of a new $4 million grants program to support healthy aging.
The Liveable Communities Grants will capture innovative ideas from a wide-range of groups including non-government organisations, academics, entrepreneurs, small businesses and local councils to define what it will mean to age well now and into the future.
Mrs Williams said, “This is a wonderful initiative aimed at building on a range of ideas that people may have to help older people live more comfortably in our community.”
Liveable communities enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to lead active, independent, healthy lives and access their community freely and safely.
“NSW has the ability to be the leading state in Australia to allow older people to remain socially active in their own communities.
“It is vitally important that we do everything we can to enable people to live comfortably and confidently in their own homes for as long as they would like,” Mrs Williams said.
People and organisations across the state with extraordinary ideas that foster more liveable communities for older people and drive real social impact are invited to take part in the program.
The Liveable Communities Grants is a four year program and will support a range of ideas for new initiatives or platforms focussed on helping older people increase their participation in the community and lead rewarding, active lives.
Successful entries will be assessed on their innovation, their understanding of community, their potential for creating sustainable long-term solutions and must address one of the following categories:
- Helping people stay healthy,
- Helping people stay connected,
- Helping people work or contribute, and
- Helping people live where they want to.
Winning entries will be determined by an expert panel and further details can be found at www.ageing.nsw.gov.au/home.