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Older South Australians the focus of latest Community Benefits SA round


Older South Australians are the main focus of almost $900,000 worth of State Government grants aimed at supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.

Communities and Social Inclusion Minister Zoe Bettison said 47 community organisations will receive individual grants of up to $50,000 in the latest round of Community Benefit SA grants.

"These grants support initiatives that improve the quality of life for disadvantaged individuals, families and communities across South Australia," Ms Bettison said.

"This latest round has a particular focus on older people, with funding to provide infrastructure and to support community participation.

"Ageing can lead to people being isolated and vulnerable. These grants will support new opportunities through education, recreation, culture, work and family.

"I congratulate each of the successful grant recipients for their commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable South Australians."

Successful Round 56 recipients include:

  • Aberfoyle Community Centre, which will receive $23,450 for IT equipment to train 40 volunteers that support 27,000 people each year who participate in community programs
  • Australian Red Cross Society, which will receive $3600 for IT equipment to deliver computer courses to 32 older people from Port Pirie
  • Carrackalinga Board of Management, which will receive $7,000 towards installing an air conditioner to benefit 300 older people currently participating in recreation, social and educational activities
  • Australia Retired Persons Association Inc, which will receive $1910 to support its Bush Band, to increase engagement, community involvement and improve the mental health of 80 older community members
  • Community House Port Lincoln Inc, which will receive $29,600 to upgrade the Op Shop, serviced by 20 older volunteers who provide help to 2500 disadvantaged people each year
  • Cyprus Community of South Australia Inc, which will receive $15,000 to upgrade facilities to support 100 older people each week, through meal services and cultural activities that promote participation and social interaction
  • Encounter FM Community Broadcasters Association Inc, which will receive $4590 to purchase equipment to support 50 older volunteers to increase skills in office and broadcasting programs
  • Port Augusta Senior Citizens Club, which will receive $50,000 to develop the facility to support programs that increase engagement and community participation for 430 older people
  • The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust, which will receive $45,330 to develop the kitchen and hospitality area at the Grove Uniting Church to support 300 older people each week through meal services and cooking classes that promote community involvement and improve mental health.

For more information about Community Benefit SA grants call 1300 650 985 or visit

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