Musculoskeletal Australia has received a grant from Sport Australia for the ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project.



Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK) is excited to have been successful in securing an Australian government grant through the Sport Australia ‘Move it AUS- Better Ageing’ initiative. Musculoskeletal Australia will be working with the University of Sydney to oversee and implement the Project.

The ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project will aim to:

  1. enhance older people’s understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity (PA);
  2. improve access to PA amongst older people (especially those who are socially isolated and disadvantaged and currently not engaged in PA) through Neighbourhood Houses providing more age-appropriate PA opportunities;
  3. enable PA to be a regular component of the participants’ lives;
  4. support older people’s engagement in PA at Neighbourhood houses by developing a peer support program; and
  5. improve the knowledge and skills of Neighbourhood House staff and volunteers involved in planning and delivering age-appropriate PA activities to older people.

The ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project will support the expansion of PA programs for older people in all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia through capacity building, partnership development, awareness raising, and activation of peer support for program participants.

Rationale for the project

Australians are living longer than ever before with the number of Australians aged 65 years and over expected to double in the next 40 years. To make the most of the opportunities a longer life provides, Australians need to prepare early to be healthy, independent, connected and safe. There is substantial evidence that PA, including structured exercise and sport participation, can contribute to improving a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, and facilitate social connectedness.

Exciting funding opportunity

You would be aware that a grant submission process took place during April and closed in early May and we thank those Houses who have submitted a funding application in accordance with this process.

Arrangements around the grants process have been updated and extended, and MSK asks any Neighbourhood Houses and Centres that previously submitted a proposal to this process, and are wishing to make changes to their application (timelines, budget etc) to please forward a copy of their submission to by no later than 5pm, Friday 23 August 2019 (in each Australian time zone).

In order to ensure that the Project has the broadest reach possible and all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have the opportunity to submit a funding application, MSK are also undertaking an extended national round by opening up this funding opportunity again to all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia that may not have been able to submit an application during the previous round of the grant process.

Any Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia that have not yet applied for funding are welcome to submit an application by no later than 5pm, Friday 23 August 2019 (in each Australian time zone). The funding application is available here.

All applications will be considered in accordance with the Funding Applicant Guidelines. Please carefully read these guidelines to find out about the requirements of this funding opportunity (including eligibility, key dates and information on the application process) before preparing and submitting your application.

Depending on the number of applications that meet the Funding Applicant Guidelines, there may or may not be another funding round before the end of the year.

Support available

The MSK Project Manager will be available for advice and support throughout the duration of the project. If you have any questions regarding an application, please call Emma Cross on (03) 85318020 or email


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