Since 2015-16 the government has allocated a total of $1.6 million to 16 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. 

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 council 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

2018–20: Round 3

Mansfield Shire Council

201820: Round 3

Northern Grampians Shire Council

201820: Round 3

Wangaratta Rural Shire Council

201820: Round 3

Warrnambool City Council