The NSW government has fast-tracked a $600,000 funding boost for community groups that help older people stay active and engaged.

Natalie Ward

Round Two of the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grant Program has been brought forward as covid-19 restrictions lift.

Grants of up to $60,000 will go towards new and existing programs that promote seniors’ social inclusion.

Eligible projects need to have a covid-safe plan and must run until December 2022.

Seniors minister Natalie Ward says community links can offer a lifeline for older people who might live alone or be isolated from their family or friends.

 “We’ve brought this program forward from next June because it’s clear seniors have been through an incredibly difficult time during covid,” she said.

“Now that restrictions are starting to ease it’s important our seniors re-establish meaningful connections as soon as possible.”

Previous funding recipients included a gardening club, Aboriginal elder organisations providing one-on-one support, online dance groups and home-delivered craft kits.

Applications for are open now and close on Monday November 15.

Apply here.

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