Organisations to secure grants for 2021 NSW Seniors Festival

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NSW organisations which help older people get active and connected have the chance to share in the $200,000 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program.

Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said grants of up to $10,000 will help local councils, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations engage seniors in COVID-safe programs and activities during the NSW Seniors Festival from 13-21 April 2021. 

“This last year has been really tough on NSW seniors and staying connected, active and social are pivotal to seniors’ wellbeing while remaining COVID-safe,” Mr Lee said.

“The NSW Seniors Festival recognises the importance of seniors to the community and provides initiatives that keep the mind and body healthy while combatting social isolation.”

Photo: Shoalhaven City Council

The 2021 festival will have an added focus on accessibility, with organisers encouraged to add an online option.

The grants program provides opportunities for all seniors to be part of the festival, including those from regional and remote areas, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal communities.

“NSW has a diverse seniors community and we need to ensure all older people have the opportunity to participate no matter where they live, what language they speak or how mobile they are,” Mr Lee said.

Local programs and activities during the festival will inspire older people across the state to get involved in activities including art, sport, music, technology, recreation and health.

The NSW Seniors Festival has been running for more than 63 years and is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere.

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