Funding available for 2022 Seniors Festival

The call is out for organisations across the region to apply for grant funding for activities that support the delivery of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $200,000 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program supports initiatives that encourage people aged 60 or over to stay healthy, engaged and active.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate or build on the diverse skills and interests of seniors in our community in areas like art, sport, health or technology,” Mr Saunders said.

“The 2021 NSW Seniors Festival included e-safety sessions, drumming circles, movie nights and gardening workshops, and I’d like to see local groups come up with more creative and fun activities for the 2022 festival.”

Local councils, community groups and not-for-profit organisations are among those who can apply for grants of up to $10,000, with a focus on COVID-safe activities and programs.

“Social isolation is a growing concern for our ageing population, particularly as a result of the pandemic, so programs which unite people and stave off loneliness are really positive for mental health,” Mr Saunders said.

The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and has been running for more than 63 years. It will be run from 25 March to 3 April 2022. Applications for grants are open from until 30 August 2021. Apply here: seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/events/nsw-seniors-festival-grants

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