Organisations in Baulkham Hills can now apply for a share of $200,000 under the NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program, which is designed to help older people get active and stay connected.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the 2021 festival would have an added focus on accessibility, with organisers encouraged to add an online option.
“We want to get local seniors dancing, learning, cooking or exercising so I encourage local organisations to apply for a grant if they have creative COVID-safe ideas to help our seniors get active and stay connected,” Mr Elliott said.
“These grants support seniors from all walks of life through initiatives including technology skills enhancement so they can stay engaged with friends and family.
“Last year was really tough on NSW seniors – staying connected, active and social is pivotal to seniors’ wellbeing while remaining COVID-safe.
“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.
“New South Wales 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.”
Festival ideas can inspire older people to get involved in activities including art, sport, music, technology, travel, recreation and health.
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.
The NSW Seniors Festival has been running for over 63 years and is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere.
Grant applications are now open until 4 February 2021. More info at: seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au/events/nsw-seniors-festival-grants.