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Calling all NSW communities: celebrate our seniors

Last published on 09 Jul 2018 in Media releases

The NSW Government is calling on local organisations across the State to apply for a share of $200,000 to host events that encourage older people to join or feature in 2019 NSW Seniors Festival events and activities.

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies today announced applications are open for Seniors Festival grants with local councils, volunteer groups and community organisations encouraged to apply to show their appreciation for seniors.

“We want our seniors to thrive by staying connected in their communities, regardless of age or stage of life, and time and time again this Festival proves there’s no age limit on fun,” Mrs Davies said.

“Local events and activities play a significant role in the Festival to provide opportunities for older people to not only enjoy entertainment, but get involved and share their talents with their community.”

The 2019 NSW Seniors Festival will run from February 13 to 24 and organisations are encouraged to plan events now, with three funding categories available:

  • Tier 1 grants of up to $1000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools
  • Tier 2 grants from $1,001 to $5000 for local events targeted at larger community organisations, and
  • Tier 3 grants from $5,001 to $10,000 for broader community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.

Mrs Davies said highlights from this year’s Festival included a virtual time capsule, markets, painting and gardening workshops, as well as yoga and swimming classes.

“After the success of this year’s Festival we want to ramp it up in 2019, with support for organisations to bring the Festival to life through a broader range of activities.”

Grant applications close at 5pm on Friday August 10.

For further information on how your business or organisation can help celebrate seniors during the Festival please visit

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