Northern Beaches Council and Manly 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 Manly James Griffin said these grants can provide a social lifeline for seniors who live alone.

“No one likes to be alone or feel disconnected from their community, especially not our seniors,” Mr Griffin said.

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

There are three funding categories. One for new innovative projects, one specifically for local councils and one for existing or established projects for seniors.

“There are grants up to the value of $50,000, $30,000, and $20,000 under round three of the program,” Mr Griffin 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,