Grants for Seniors

Category: Seniors.
Program Status: Open.
Government: State Government.
Agency: Office for the Ageing.
More information: view website.

Project Eligibility

There are two types of grants that you can apply for under GFS; GFS-Projects and GFS-Goods.

A. GFS - Projects

Grants for Seniors – Projects provides eligible organisations with one off ageing specific grants of up to $10,000 to carry out activities which create or extend opportunities for older South Australians to be involved and active in their communities and contribute to an age friendly South Australia. 

What items can be funded?

Examples include:

  • project administration costs, for example: phone, postage, stationery, photocopying, rental or leasing of office equipment or computers
  • bowls mats
  • gardening equipment
  • fitness equipment
  • kitchen equipment
  • craft materials or art supplies
  • furniture (e.g. seating)
  • public address systems etc.
  • costs associated with the delivery of eligible goods such as equipment purchases, hire costs, event advertising etc.
  • one-off salaries for staff and labour
  • instructor fees, venue hire etc.

What will not be funded?

  • capital works; construction costs, building repairs or alterations (e.g. installation of physical resources such as air conditioning systems, fences, toilets
  • motor vehicles
  • projects that are equipment based, funding for equipment will be considered only as part of a project
  • projects that duplicate existing services already available to the community
  • food or drink (unless required for the program/project e.g. ingredients for cooking classes is eligible, but a lunch outing for participants is not)
  • core social and club activities for which members’ payments/subscriptions provide a more appropriate source of revenue
  • participation in interstate or international events
  • projects established for financial gain by members
  • items which have previously been purchased
  • continuing cost of communications e.g. newsletters, magazines and radio stations
  • projects/activities/programs which have previously been established or taken place
  • grants for which there are more appropriate funding sources  

B. GFS Goods

Grants for Seniors – Goods provides eligible organisations with one-off ageing specific grants of up to $5,000 to purchase goods or equipment which create or extend opportunities for older South Australians to be involved and active in their communities and contribute to an age friendly South Australia.

To be considered for funding, the requested goods must support at least one of the following:

  • cultural activities
  • social engagement
  • education activities
  • skills enhancement
  • fitness or sporting activities.

What items can be funded?

Examples of the items that can be funded include:

  • bowls mats
  • gardening equipment
  • fitness equipment
  • kitchen equipment
  • craft materials or art supplies
  • furniture (e.g. seating)
  • public address systems etc.
  • costs associated with the delivery of eligible goods such as equipment purchases, hire costs, event advertising etc
  • one-off salaries for staff and labour
  • instructor fees, venue hire etc.

What will not be funded?

  • capital works; construction costs, building repairs or alterations (e.g. installation of physical resources such as air conditioning systems, fences, toilets)
  • motor vehicles
  • grants that are better suited to the GFS Projects round
  • grants which exceed the funding limit of $5,000
  • grants that duplicate existing services already available to the community
  • food or drink (unless required for the program/project e.g. ingredients for cooking classes is eligible, but a lunch outing for participants is not)
  • core social and club activities for which members’ payments/subscriptions provide a more appropriate source of revenue
  • participation in interstate or international events
  • grants established for financial gain by members
  • items which have previously been purchased
  • continuing cost of communications e.g. newsletters, magazines and radio stations
  • activities/programs which have previously been established or taken place
  • grants for which there are more appropriate funding sources.

Which organisations are eligible to submit an application?

Non-government, non-profit community organisations that:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • are incorporated; and
  • are active in South Australia.  

Incorporated organisations can submit an eligible application on behalf of an eligible non-incorporated organisation – an arrangement known as auspicing.  

Which organisations are not eligible to submit an application?

  • for-profit organisations, research foundations or trusts, professional associations, Statutory Authorities
  • Commonwealth or South Australian government departments
  • local governments – except where auspicing a non-incorporated organisation
  • organisations that have licensed gaming machines in their facilities
  • public and private or independent educational institutions e.g. primary, secondary or tertiary institutions, unless they are school Parents and Friends/Citizens Associations  

 

Project Details

What are Grants for Seniors (GFS)?

Grants for Seniors aim to create or extend opportunities for older South Australians to be involved and active in their communities and contribute to an age friendly South Australia.  GFS enable community organisations across the state to apply for funding for projects that support older South Australians, including those from diverse communities and backgrounds, to age well and be recognised for their valued contributions across their lifetime.

All projects funded by the Office for Ageing Well:

  • contribute to South Australians living a good life in their later years in communities that value older people and the opportunities of an ageing population;
  • facilitate collaborative partnerships and contribute to building capacity for South Australia'sadn state government priorities for ageing well.

Grants for Seniors funds projects aligned to one or more of the following themes:

  • Homes and communities;
  • Meaningful connections;
  • Navigating change;
  • Respecting diversity; and
  • Challenging ageism.

Grants of up to $5,000 for goods and $10,000 for projects of up to six months duration are available to non-profit, incorporated community organisations to help achieve these outcomes.

The 2019/20 GFS funding round is now open.  Further information is available on our website www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/communitygrants