Reducing Social Isolation Grants now open

Dubbo electorate councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for a share of $600,000 to run programs aimed at reducing social isolation among seniors.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors Grants Program can provide a social lifeline for seniors who live alone.

“This funding is about helping foster environments where people can come together, meet new people, and enjoy themselves in their local community,” Mr Saunders said.

“Across NSW, there were 50 projects in the previous two rounds that successfully promoted social inclusion, reduced seniors’ isolation and loneliness, and provided meaningful opportunities to help older people connect with each other.”

Round three will have three funding categories to deliver a more flexible program. The categories include:

•   Category 1: $30,000 grants for known or existing projects.

•   Category 2: $50,000 grants for projects or partnerships run by local council.

•   Category 3: $20,000 grants for new or innovative projects.

Applications are open until 11.59pm on Monday 19 September. For more information and to apply, please visit,

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