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Community Connects grants help promote age-friendly projects

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Applications have opened for the Community Connects grants which help fund projects that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life.

Office for Seniors Director, Diane Turner, said the grants are available to help communities prepare for an ageing population.

"We know that New Zealand’s population is ageing and we want to see older people being valued and able to contribute to and participate in their communities as they age," she says.

"With the right planning and support, we can all hope to create opportunities so that we can all participate, contribute and be valued into our later years."

The fund makes one-off grants of up to $15,000 as part of an annual budget of $100,000.

The current funding round is now open with applications closing on 7 April.

The grants are open to any New Zealand council, community organisation, or registered non-profit organisation. All applications must be supported by their local council.

In the October 2018 funding round four groups were successful including Nelson City Council, Taupō District Council, Enliven Woburn - Lower Hutt (Presbyterian Support) and Wesley Community Action.

For more information on Community Connects, including the eligibility criteria and how to apply, go to

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