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Better Ageing Grants Program


This program aims to increase participation in physical activity among Australians aged 65 years and older, which will contribute to improving their overall health and wellbeing.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Get inactive older Australians active.
- Enhance older Australians’ understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity including physical and mental wellbeing, and the benefits of social connectedness.
- Enhance the capability and capacity of organisations and staff responsible for delivering age-appropriate activities to older Australians.

Grants of up to $2 million per organisation are available over a two-year period, and will be paid to primary grant recipients in instalments against agreed identified milestones. Due to the need for the program to provide national outcomes, programs that offer large scale will be preferred.

Grant amounts will be determined as part of the assessment process and may not be at the level applied for. Grants will be allocated to make the most effective use of the program funds.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants applicants must be one of the following Australian entity types and must have been operating for 12 months or longer:
- Sporting organisations including National Sporting Organisations and National Sporting Organisations for people with a disability.
- A non-government organisation (NGO) including physical activity organisations.
- A local government organisation. The Australian Capital Territory does not have local government organisations and is therefore eligible to apply.

Program funding will be provided to a primary grant applicant. Each grant will have one primary grant applicant.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities are participation based sport and physical activity programs including (but are not limited to):
- Modified sports initiatives that include adapted time, equipment, playing formats, rules, non-physical contact or intensity.
- Activities that develop greater flexibility, strength, balance and endurance.

Priority will be given to projects that best demonstrate how they will achieve the program’s objectives and their ability to meet the selection criteria.

Programs that develop an increased workforce, with the capability to help older Australian’s to become more active, will be valued highly.

Please refer to the Guidelines for complete information on eligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Getting the inactive active (30%)
- Physical and mental wellbeing and social connectedness (30%)
- Project delivery (40%)

Please refer to the Guidelines for complete information of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Stand-alone, one-off events
- Established projects that are already operating (and do not offer increased scope, reach or scale)
- Ongoing operational costs beyond the life of the program
- High performance sport (including elite, representative sport and Masters sport)
- Purchase of capital assets (e.g. buildings, motor vehicles, furniture)
- Requests for retrospective funding
- International travel
- For-profit organisation
- Individual, partnership or trust
- School
- Commonwealth, State or Territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises but excluding the Australian Capital Territory)

Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2018-09-27 Download
FAQs 2018-09-27 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 20 Sep 2018
Closing Date 31 Oct 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $2M
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : Other
Sport : General
Gender Any
Age Seniors
Who Can Apply?
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Health
Program Administrator
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
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