Grants for Seniors

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

Project Eligibility

The 2020-21 grant round is now closed.

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

  • costs associated with the delivery of the project 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • core social and club activities for which members’ payments/ subscriptions provide a more appropriate source of revenue

  • continuing cost of communications e.g. newsletters, magazines and radio stations

  • participation in interstate or international events

  • start up costs for new organisations

  • projects established for financial gain by members or where the main intent of the funding is to promote the organisation

  • research projects

  • projects/activities/programs which have previously been established or taken place

  • grants that are better suited to the GFS 2020-21 Goods round

  • grants for which there are more appropriate funding sources

  • grants which exceed the funding limit of $10,000.

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.

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)

  • 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)

  • motor vehicles

  • medical equipment such as defibrillators or wheelchairs

  • grants that duplicate existing services already available to the community

  • core social and club activities for which members’ payments/ subscriptions provide a more appropriate source of revenue

  • continuing cost of communications e.g. newsletters, magazines and radio stations

  • participation in interstate or international events

  • projects established for financial gain by members or where the main intent of the funding is to promote the organisation

  • items which have previously been purchased

  • grants that are better suited to the GFS 2020-21 Projects round

  • grants for which there are more appropriate funding sources

  • grants which exceed the funding limit of $5,000

Which organisations are eligible to submit an application?

Non-government, non-profit community organisations or registered charities 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?

  • sole traders or partnerships

  • for-profit organisations and private companies that are not registered charities

  • research foundations or trusts

  • professional associations and bodies

  • Commonwealth or South Australian government departments or statutory authorities

  • 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 Commonwealth or South Australian government departments

 

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 realising the State Government and community's vision and priorities for ageing well for all South Australians set out in South Australia's Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025;

  • contribute to South Australians living in communities that value older people and ageing well;

  • enable the participation of older South Australians as strategic partners and co-producers of change;

  • lead the way in creating an inclusive society, moving beyond ageisn;

  • 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 community - There is no place like home;
  • Meaningful connections - The key to a good life;
  • Navigating change - Building resilience;
  • Tackling ageism;
  • Grow diversity; and
  • Increase accessibility.

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.