Community Connects grants

The Office for Seniors' Community Connects fund supports communities to become Age-friendly.

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

Find out more about Age-friendly communities here.

You can apply for funding to either:

  • start development of an Age-friendly Communities Plan, or
  • implement an Age-friendly Community project.

Grants have a value up to $15,000 (the fund has an annual budget of $100,000). All funded activities funded must be completed within 12 months.

There are up to two grant rounds each financial year.

The current round has now closed. The next funding round will take part in early 2019.

The successful applications for the October 2018 round include:

  • Nelson City Council to investigate the particular experiences and challenges of ageing from the perspective of five different groups in Nelson: Māori, Pasifika, refugees, older migrants and LGBTI, to inform the development of the wider Nelson Age-Friendly Strategy
  • Taupō District Council to develop an Age-friendly Communities Strategy to support the ageing population in Taupō districts
  • Enliven Woburn – Lower Hutt (Presbyterian Support) to run a pilot volunteer buddy programme to support older people with dementia (and their carers)
  • Wesley Community Action to work with the community to develop an Ageing Well Network in the Lower Hutt and wider Wellington region.

How to apply

Any New Zealand council, community organisation, or registered non-profit organisation can apply for a grant. (All applications must be supported by their local council).

How we evaluate applications

We evaluate applications based on their objectives, quality, support within their community, and budget.

For more information see the application guidelines.