“Advancing Queensland” Grants Applications To End this June; MP from North Lakes Calls for Community Support

The first round of Advancing Queensland, an age-friendly grants application, will be closing on 16th of June by 5 p.m. This is a program that will give grants of up to $100,000 to organisations who will deliver innovative age-friendly projects for seniors.

This year’s program will focus on transport, outdoor spaces, and building & housing domains.

State Labor MP for Murrumba Chris Whiting said that this is a wonderful opportunity for the North Lakes community to receive support and develop innovative and creative programs for its senior group


Age-Friendly Model

The “age-friendly model” was designed by the World Health Organisation in 2007 for seniors to ensure their access to all of the aspects of community life. These are transportation, outdoor spaces and building, housing, respect and social inclusion, social participation, communication and information, civic participation and employment opportunities, and community support and health services.

This design is effective in bringing a healthy and happy life of the seniors in every community.


Ageing in Queensland and North Lakes

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Queensland’s senior population aged 65 years and over is about 14% of the total population. This segment is projected to rise to almost 20% by year 2036. In North Lakes, almost 20% of the total suburb population are seniors.

An age-friendly community will be helpful for the senior population in North Lakes and Queensland as a whole, to free them from any age-related barriers. The grants program will provide organisations with an opportunity to support the aged people in living in a safe and healthy community.


Last Call for Application

To apply online for “Advancing Queensland” grants, visit the SmartyGrants Application Form. New users of SmartyGrants need to register first before they can proceed. For information on how to register and fill out the form, click here.

Another option is to request an application form by sending an email to the Office of Seniors.

This is open for all community groups, local councils, non-government organisations, research institutions, and universities. All successful applicants will be announced by the Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier of North Queensland, and on every Queensland government publications.

The approved applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the department and acknowledge the government funding by placing the “Queensland Government” crest on all promotional materials produced in line with the project.

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