Grants to kick-start age-friendly projects across Queensland

Eighteen age-friendly projects, ranging from active ageing programs to music and arts projects, will share in $1 million funding under the third round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program.

Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today (20 September) announced the successful grant recipients, highlighting how projects funded through previous rounds of the age-friendly grants program had benefitted Queenslanders.

“Over the past two years, we have provided funding contributions to 29 seniors-focused projects across the state,” Mrs O’Rourke said

“These projects, ranging from a dementia friendly pharmacy program to age-friendly seating and the development of an app for carers, have made their communities more age-friendly.

“The age-friendly grants have been successful in getting seniors-focused community projects off the ground with partnerships between local government, not-for-profits and community groups.

“I am sure the latest 18 projects that will receive funding under the third round of this grants program will be just as successful, and I look forward to following their progress.”

Among the recipients of the third round of the grants is The Older Men’s Network’s Community Home Visiting Program in Toowoomba, a seniors road safety program in Ipswich and an active ageing program in Biloela.

The projects are aimed at improving social participation and communication and information for Queensland seniors.

Mrs O’Rourke said the age-friendly grants were a key part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to creating thriving, age-friendly communities.

“We want all Queenslanders, regardless of their age or personal circumstances, to be able to participate and be included in their communities, be resilient and enjoy social and economic wellbeing,” she said.

“The Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program is another example of the Queensland Government’s commitment to older Queenslanders and their communities.”

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