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.

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.

Applying for a grant:

The Office for Seniors is in the process of reviewing and evaluating the Community Connects grants process.

This page will be updated when dates are confirmed for the next funding round.

The successful applicants in the latest funding round of Community Connects grants are:

Alzheimer's Marlborough

Alzheimers Society Marlborough will use the funding to employ a project facilitator to provide dementia friendly awareness education to businesses and organisations in Marlborough. The aim of the project is to create a community that supports people living with dementia to continue to be actively engaged and connected community members.

Parksyde Trust Rotorua

The Older Persons Community Centre (Parksyde) will bring the voices together to develop an Age Friendly Rotorua Strategy, involving its many Parksyde Centre users, iwi, and the Rotorua community service organisations and agencies supporting older people in Rotorua.

Tauranga City Council

Tauranga City Council will be facilitating a project on Successful Ageing in a Post-COVID Environment, which aims to ensure that the community enables seniors to be well, active, connected, and secure.

The Family Centre

The Family Centre in Lower Hutt will be developing an age friendly plan for Pasifika seniors in Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata.

Waikato Indian Senior Citizen's Association

Waikato Senior Indian Citizens Association will provide weekly program for local Senior Citizens where they can get together, play games, share views and learn from each-other. Tea, coffee and Healthy lunch will be provided. Professional persons will be invited as desired to address the group to make them aware of their physical and mental health and general wellbeing.

Rotorua Multicultural Council

The Rotorua Multicultural Council is collaborating with Parksyde, the community centre for the 55+ age group, and with SeniorNet, a community training network that supports older adults in improving their computer skills. The programmes will introduce older migrants in Rotorua to the activities available through these two organisations and involve them in multicultural events to improve their community connections.

Nelson Tasman Age Concern

Age Concern Nelson Tasman will help encourage social connection in rural parts of the region, using a community-led approach. They will work directly with older people, volunteers and existing networks to find the gaps and establish more socialising opportunities according to the local needs.