Connecting Over 55s Grant


Applications now open

Social and community connection is an important part of an individual's life. Connecting socially and actively participating in community is a key contributor to achieving good mental wellbeing as we age. In recognition of the importance connection has on a person’s health and wellbeing, this grant will support activities and events that will help connect people over 55.

The Connecting Over 55 Grants facilitate community projects that will reduce isolation, empower, foster harmony and boost the wellbeing of older people in Nillumbik.

What can be funded?

Funding is available to assist in delivering initiatives and activities that will foster social connectedness for their members and the broader community, such as but not exclusive to:

  • Community events and activities
  • Equipment
  • Promotional materials

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated not for profit organisation, community group or individual that lives, works, studies, volunteers or plays in Nillumbik (unincorporated groups and individuals must be auspiced by an incorporated body)
  • Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance
  • Have acquitted and be compliant with all Nillumbik grants previously awarded.

What won't be funded

  • Projects, events or activities that are held outside the Nillumbik municipal boundary.
  • Projects, events or activities that will not substantially benefit the Nillumbik community.
  • Ongoing operational expenses or core business costs (eg salaries, administrative costs, maintenance costs, uniforms, utility bills).
  • Projects that are curriculum based or entirely student or congregation focused.
  • Projects solely for fundraising purposes without broad community benefit.
  • Competitions with no community component.
  • Prize money and awards.
  • Projects or events with a political or religious purpose.
  • Events that are fully ticketed with no free or heavily subsidised component.
  • Alcohol or gambling related activities.
  • Projects that could be funded via other Council grant programs.
  • Projects that have received full funding from another source.
  • Retrospective funding for projects which are due to commence prior to the notification of the application outcome.
  • Applicants that are in debt to or have any outstanding commitments with the Shire.