Better Ageing Grant Program

Up to $2M is available from Better Ageing Grant Program to improve older Australians overall health and wellbeing, particularly those less active.

Better Ageing Grant Program

Better Ageing Grant Program

The Better Ageing Grant Program aims to increase levels of physical activity of Australians aged 65+, particularly those least active, to improve their overall health and wellbeing.



As part of the More Choices for a Longer Life package, the Australian Government is investing $22.9 million over two years from 2018-19, to increase participation in physical activity among Australians aged 65 years and older, which will contribute to improving their overall health and wellbeing.

This investment will be made through the Move It Aus – Better Ageing Grant Program which aligns with Sport Australia’s mission to get more Australians moving more often.



The objective is to improve older Australians overall health and wellbeing, particularly those less active by:

  • enhancing the understanding and benefits of regular physical activity;
  • improving access to sport and physical activity opportunities;
  • enabling regular engagement in sport and physical activity; and
  • enhancing the capability and capacity of organisations and staff to deliver age-appropriate activities.



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.


Eligible Projects

The Better Ageing Grant Program will fund eligible organisations to implement initiatives to encourage older Australians, particularly those less active, to incorporate participation in sport or physical activity into their everyday
lives. 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.

Each successful applicant must demonstrate capability building to ensure ongoing local community benefit for older Australians. Programs that develop an increased workforce, with the capability to help older Australian’s to become more active, will be valued highly.

Examples of participation based sport and physical activity programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • modified sports initiatives that include adapted time, equipment, playing formats, rules, non-physical contact or intensity; and/or
  • activities that develop greater flexibility, strength, balance and endurance.

Further examples may be found at

Programs should be designed to accommodate diversity and an ease of access for older Australians (e.g. location, socio-economic status and equipment requirements).

Expenditure of grant funds is restricted to activities directly related to project details which have been specified in the funding agreement.


Eligible Applicants

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

To be eligible, primary 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; and/or
  • a Local Government Organisation. The Australian Capital Territory does not have local government organisations and is therefore eligible to apply.

Eligible organisations may partner with other organisations, including those with more experience working with older Australians, to achieve program objectives.



Applications close 31 October 2018.


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