Local organisations and community groups can now apply for grant funding to host events and activities as part of the 65th annual NSW Seniors Festival.

Organisations can apply for grants up to $10,000 to help see their events be successful.

The Member for Willoughby Tim James said that the Seniors Festival Grant was a great opportunity to give local organisations support in recognising the contributions of senior citizens.

“This is a wonderful occasion for the people of Willoughby to join in the largest celebration for seniors in the southern hemisphere. The NSW Government is ensuring that there are plenty of ways for the community to get involved by providing funding and grant opportunities.” Said Mr James.

“The Seniors Festival grants give an opportunity for local groups to join in this wonderful celebration of our seniors, allows them to connect with like-minded people and to meet new friends.” Mr James said.

The Minister for Seniors Mark Coure said that the Seniors Festival has been celebrating older people for 65 years in recognition of the contributions they have made and continue to make to NSW.

Mr Coure said community organisations looking to apply for funding should make sure all seniors are able to join in.

“This is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring older people remain active and connected within their communities no matter where they live, the language they speak and irrespective of their abilities,” Mr Coure said.

“This year’s festival, we saw grant recipients host some 140 different activities from dance classes to modified sports, computer classes and gardening workshops for the green thumbs.”

Local councils, community groups and not-for-profit organisations across NSW are among those who can apply for a grant.

The Seniors Festival will run from 1 to 12 February 2023. Applications for grants are open from 4 July to 1 August 2022. To apply and for more information about the grants, visit www.nsw.gov.au/seniors-festival