Funding for age friendly communities

Apply to us for funding to help your city or community to become age friendly.

The Age friendly fund

Our Age friendly fund supports communities to become age friendly. The fund targets projects that:

  • promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life
  • support a community to prepare for an ageing population.

Applying for a grant

Applications are now closed for our current funding round. We have one funding round each year.

You can apply for funding to:

  • start development of a local age friendly strategy or action plan, or
  • implement a project in support of an age friendly strategy or action plan.

Individual grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 are awarded, and the fund has an annual budget of $100,000. All funded activities must be completed within 12 months.


Projects we’ve funded

Alzheimer’s Marlborough: Alzheimer’s Society Marlborough will use the funding to employ a project facilitator to provide dementia-friendly awareness education to businesses and organisations in Marlborough.The aim of the project is to create a community that supports people living with dementia to continue to be actively engaged and connected community members.

Tauranga City Council: Tauranga City Council will be facilitating a project on Successful Ageing in a Post-COVID Environment, which aims to ensure that the community enables seniors to be well, active, connected, and secure.

The Family Centre: The Family Centre in Lower Hutt will be developing an age friendly plan for Pasifika seniors in Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata.

Waikato Indian Senior Citizens Association: Waikato Senior Indian Citizens Association will provide a weekly programme for local Senior Citizens where they can get together, play games, share views and learn from each other. At times speakers will be invited to address the group on topics including physical and mental health and general wellbeing.

Rotorua Multicultural Council: The Rotorua Multicultural Council is collaborating with Parksyde, the community centre for the 55+ age group, and with SeniorNet, a community training network that supports older adults in improving their computer skills. The programmes will introduce older migrants in Rotorua to the activities available through these two organisations and involve them in multicultural events to improve their community connections.

Nelson Tasman Age Concern: Age Concern Nelson Tasman will help encourage social connection in rural parts of the region, using a community-led approach. They will work directly with older people, volunteers and existing networks to find the gaps and establish more socialising opportunities according to the local needs.

Age Concern Auckland: Piloting a social connection programme (that could be expanded if successful) making Auckland more age friendly via Social Connections Local Area Co-ordination.  Building strong networks of local volunteers to support and assist isolated older people in their community.

Age Concern Wellington: Connect! An initiative to reduce isolation among older people and strengthen communities through increasing participation and engagement. Piloting use of the existing volunteer network to support older people into new activities and networks. Creating relationships with older people then linking them through to existing clubs and opportunities in their area.

Alexandra Community House: A Feasibility Study to develop a model to address isolation and loneliness in Alexandra. Work includes a community survey to identify community issues and priorities to support development of a virtual village.

Alzheimer’s Otago: Raising awareness of dementia to the public and supporting local businesses/organisations to become dementia friendly and trialling a third tier Dementia Friendly Recognition Programme as an entry level award for businesses interested in supporting people with dementia.

Connect the Dots: To develop and pilot free community art workshops in Māori, Pacific and Asian languages for people with dementia to provide social connection and meaningful activity.

Coromandel Independent Living Trust: This Project will engage with older people and key local stakeholders to form a steering group to develop and carry out a community age-friendly assessment in the Coromandel Colville ward. It will be guided by the WHO framework and form a seniors hub (networking group)

Dementia Wellington: Living well with Dementia - a pilot programme to enable people with dementia and their carers to remain connected and engaged with their community

Hutt Timebank: Supporting older people with transport needs and social connection using a time banking model.

Waitaki District Council: to develop a Waitaki District action plan to address the needs of older community members identified in the 2017 Senior Wellbeing survey.

CNSST: Carrying out targeted consultations with Chinese communities in Auckland to help develop an age-friendly action plan.

Hauraki District Council: Developing a feasibility study to establish an intergenerational and age-friendly social support hub for older people in Waihi.

Horowhenua District Council: Developing an Age-friendly Communities strategy and review of Horowhenua District Council’s Positive Ageing Action Plan.

Howick Baptist Virtual Villages East: Developing a virtual-village model to build an age-friendly community for the seniors of Howick and surrounding areas.

Kāpiti Coast Grey Power: Engaging with the four unique communities in the Kāpiti Coast area to identify and prioritise age-friendly actions.

Nelson Tasman Community Transport Trust: Researching the transport needs for the older people in the Tasman district, and trialling a community bus service to inform the development of an effective community transport service model.

New Plymouth Age-Friendly Trust: Engaging with key stakeholders in rural and remote areas of the district to identify and agree on the key priority areas for the Age Friendly New Plymouth Action Plan and to oversee implementation.

Toa Pacific: Facilitating an introduction to older Pacific people engaging and connecting with a range of age-friendly community-led and council activities, to help reduce social isolation and loneliness.

Taupō District Council The Council is developing an Age-friendly Communities Strategy.  The first step is to develop a project plan to engage and work with the different communities in the Taupō district.

Wesley Community Action This project will design and develop an Ageing Well Network for the Hutt Valley.  It will involve establishing a core design group, workshops with community stakeholders, and creation of a stepped implementation plan to start an ageing well network.  The intent is to create a model that can be shared across New Zealand.

Enliven Woburn This project will pilot a volunteer buddy programme to support Hutt Valley community members experiencing early to moderate dementia, and their family members.  The project will train and up-skill the volunteer work force and pool the resources currently available in different parts of the community, helping to address the risk of social isolation for people with dementia and their families.  

Nelson City Council Running a project to investigate the experiences and challenges of ageing from the perspective of five different groups in Nelson: Māori, Pasifika, former refuges, older migrants and LGBTI.  This work will inform the development of the wider Nelson Age-friendly Strategy. 

Carterton District Council: Carterton District Council is co-ordinating with South Wairarapa and Masterton District Councils to create a Positive Ageing Strategy for the whole Wairarapa district.  The project includes background analysis, needs assessments and community consultation and will be used to develop an age-friendly strategy and action plan.

Te Kokoru Manaakitanga - Eastern Bay Villages: This project links residents from the Whakatāne district to share ideas, host hui and develop policies.  The project will prepare a report on ways to reduce vulnerability and isolation in rural Māori communities and finding culturally appropriate ways to address these issues for different organisations and their communities. 

Hurunui District Council: Assessing current and future needs and understanding the issues affecting older people. It will engage with older people and organisations to gather ideas on what the Council can do to create age-friendly communities and create a plan to present to the council with actions.

Napier City Council: Napier is one of six cities trialling the use of OPERAT (Older People’s External Residential Assessment Tool. The council will train and support older people to use the tool to assess their local neighbourhoods. It will test the suitability of the tool for use in New Zealand, and identify areas where local improvements could be made, and help implement the plan for the Napier Positive Ageing Strategy. 

Waimakariri District Council: Supporting the development of a Waimakariri Age-friendly Community Plan. The project will establish a Steering Group to co-create an engagement plan to gather views of older people in the community. The council has prepared a discussion document to stimulate discussion in the community. The project will assess current council activities and identify priority issues and gaps. Information will be used to develop an Age-friendly Community Plan.

Well-Able: A community-based group working to design and develop resources for pre- and primary school children to build empathy and understanding of the needs of older people in the Kāpiti community.  The resources will be tested in schools and with older people.

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