Elder Abuse Prevention Fund

Purpose of the fund

The Office for Seniors has received $200,000 to fund projects that focus on violence prevention needs within the older population (aged 65+) in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We will give priority to projects and initiatives that:

  • show collaboration with other organisations and community groups
  • include diverse communities within the the older population (65+) including Maori, Pacific, ethnic, rainbow, and disabled communities.

Who can apply?

  • Groups with legal status can apply for a grant of up to $25,000.

Application process:

  • Applications will open on 1 February 2022. Application forms and eligibility criteria can be found on this page closer to the date.
  • You will need to fill in an application form and submit it by 1 April 2022.
  • We recommend that you discuss your project with us before you apply.

Applications need to:

  • show how they support the fund’s purpose
  • be well designed and planned
  • show the group has the ability to deliver a successful project
  • have a clear start and end date within 12 months of receiving the funding
  • be a project that will be undertaken in New Zealand

How we will make decisions:

  • A panel will be formed to consider all applications made.
  • The panel will make recommendations about the projects and amounts that should be funded.
  • The Director, Office for Seniors, will make the final decisions about funding

What we won't fund:

  • grants to individuals
  • grants for capital works
  • already completed projects
  • debt repayment
  • activities intended to generate profit
  • businesses for profit, political goals, or religious ministry
  • projects to raise money
  • projects that are already funded
  • salaries for existing staff
  • grants for ongoing operational costs

Need help or more information?

You can contact the Office for Seniors at ofs@msd.govt.nz to arrange for someone to contact you to discuss your project proposal before completing an application form. This will help to strengthen your proposal and to clarify any aspects that may be unclear. 

The Office for Seniors will also arrange online drop-in information sessions for the period in which the fund is open. Information sessions will be held at different times to accommodate the differing schedules of potential applicants.

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