Up to $10,000 Available for Age-Friendly Community Projects

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Up to $10,000 Available for Age-Friendly Community Projects

Applications are now open for IRT Foundation's 2017 Community Grants Program. The Program, now in its third year, invites community groups and other not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to $10,000. The Program supports local initiatives that will improve the lives of older residents in their communities.

Since the launch of the Community Grants Program in 2015, IRT Foundation has invested almost $300,000 in 32 community projects across IRT's geographic footprint including NSW, the ACT and South-East Queensland.

"The Program enables IRT Foundation to support the community to deliver projects that help people to age positively," said IRT Foundation Manager, Toby Dawson.

"We want to support people to participate, contribute and enjoy living as they move from their working life, into retirement and then into later life."

Mr Dawson said it's local people who best understand what activities would benefit seniors in their communities.

"A great example of this is last year's ‘Pass It On’ project – an initiative of community-based social enterprise Wild Rumpus," he said. "The project works with older community members who are interested in passing on skills in cooking, craft, building and general knowledge by teaching a Wild Rumpus Skillshare workshop.

“So far, classes ranging from lasagne making and fabric and paper marbling have attracted a wide range of participants, while a Tunisian crochet class will be held later this month,” Mr Dawson said.

This year, IRT Foundation is looking for projects that encourage social participation for older people in need. They may have difficulty getting involved in the community because of financial, social, geographic, circumstantial, cultural or discrimination reasons. Projects should aim to help older adults to age positively in their communities with independence and dignity. 

The Foundation’s Community Grants Program has been designed to support projects that align with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities Framework.

Online applications are invited by 26 March 2017. For more information and to apply, go to: www.irtfoundation.org.au.

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