Since 2015-16 the government has allocated a total of $1.2 million to 12 rural and regional councils to implement age-friendly community initiatives over two years, strengthening the age-friendly capacity of local communities through partnerships between senior Victorians, governments, communities, businesses, services and support agencies.

On 25 July 2018, the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced the latest round of Age-Friendly Communities Grants. These grants will provide $100,000 each to Mansfield Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Wangarratta Rural City Council and Warrnambool City Council – communities with a high proportion of seniors - to address  social isolation and loneliness and help older Victorians live happier, healthier lives.

Funded projects include:- Age Friendly Community Ambassadors who highlight the range of issues that affect older people with council and raise awareness about what makes a community more age friendly; Addressing local community transport options; Increasing access to information on local social, community and health services through different communication platforms such as Facebook, council websites and service maps specifically designed for older people; Supporting lifelong learning opportunities through local libraries, Neighbourhood Houses, community organisations and U3As; Improving outdoor spaces and places ; and using an intergenerational approach to share and learn skills and knowledge across the generations.

List of Victorian councils recipients of Age-Friendly Communities grants:

 

Funding Year

Local Council

2015–16: Round 1

East Gippsland Shire Council

2015–16: Round 1

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

2015–16: Round 1

Mitchell Shire Council

2015–16: Round 1

Moorabool Shire Council

2015–16: Round 1

Mount Alexander Shire Council

2015–16: Round 1

Murrundindi Shire Council

2015–16: Round 1

Wellington Shire Council

2016–17: Round 2

Benalla Rural City Council in partnership with Cooinda Village Inc.

2016–17: Round 2

Corangamite Shire Council

2016–17: Round 2

Horsham Rural City Council

2016–17: Round 2

Indigo Shire Council

2016–17: Round 2

Mildura Rural City Council