Whitehorse Intergenerational Grants

Whitehorse City Council is offering grants for intergenerational projects taking place between July and December 2021 which connect children and older people.

Grants of up to $1000 are available to primary and secondary schools, early years’ services and kindergartens in Whitehorse to expand existing intergenerational activities or to develop a new project.

The 2021 Whitehorse Intergenerational Grant Program opens on Monday 8 March and closes on Friday 30 April 2021, 5.00pm.

 Grant objectives

  • enable connections between children and older people in the local community
  • facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience between generations
  • tackle ageism towards older people

Planning your application

In designing your project make sure you are adhering to COVID-safe practices and regulations and consider digital options.

If you don’t already have a project in mind the following ideas may provide some inspiration: reading pals, skills exchange, music making sessions, drama sessions, art activities, digital life stories, storytelling, games, gardening, cooking/recipe exchange, cultural exchange, letter writing.

You may like to consider making contact with other groups and organisations such as your local aged care residential facility, seniors’ activity clubs, service clubs, sporting clubs or senior citizens clubs.

Contact details for many of these groups and organisations can be found in Council’s Community Directory.

Application process

Step 1: Learn more about the Intergenerational Grants program

Step 2: Read the Whitehorse 2021 Intergenerational Grants Guidelines ( DOCX 40.83KB)

These contain important information about your application and the grant program including essential eligibility criteria and timelines.

Step 3:  Register with SmartyGrants

SmartyGrants is an electronic grants submission system used by many local governments and other funding bodies. It provides an efficient way for you to submit your application online.

If your organisation is already registered please use your existing account.

If your organisation is not registered go to SmartyGrants and register. This requires an email address and a password. We encourage applicants to use a general, organisation email (instead of a personal account) so that more than one person can access the application(s) and outcomes.

For assistance with using SmartyGrants refer to the step-by-step Help Guide. It will guide you through the various stages of your online application.

Step 4: Complete the Whitehorse Intergenerational Grants application form in SmartyGrants

Enquiries

Please direct any enquiries concerning Intergenerational Grants to Whitehorse Council’s Community Development Department at Whitehorse City Council on 9262 6443 or grants@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.

About the 2021 Intergenerational Grants

The 2021 Whitehorse Intergenerational Grants support activities that foster connections with older people in our community and also recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution older people make to our community. 

The grants facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience between generations and tap into the wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that seniors have to share. 

Intergenerational projects provide an opportunity to foster mutual respect and appreciation between generations, to change attitudes, challenge stereotypes and tackle ageism experienced by older people. Ageism is prejudice expressed towards a person because of their age.

Ageism towards older people can come from negative attitudes and beliefs about what it means to be an older person. Watch this video ‘Imagine a world without ageism’ (2.38 mins) to learn more about ageism towards older people.