Applications are now open for grants to fund events and activites for next year's NSW Seniors Festival - the largest in the Southern hemisphere.
The NSW government has committed a total of $200,000 to the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival grants program and eligible organisations across the state can apply for up to $10,000 for activites which encourage seniors to stay active, healthy and engaged.
"The NSW government is supporting activities that speak to the diverse skills and interests of older people such as art, sport, music, technology, travel, recreation and health," said Seniors minister Natalie Ward.
"Initiatives should create opportunities to be active, connected and social no matter where a senior may live, the language they speak or their level of ability."
"It's also a way to stave off feelings of loneliness and social isolation, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic."
COVID-safe activities are in focus, along with programs which are accessible to seniors in regional or remote areas, who are culturally and linguistically diverse, or are Aboriginal.
Programs which received funding for the 2021 Seniors Festival included gardening workshops and e-safety sessions.
"Seniors deserve to be recognised for their valuable contribution to families and community as volunteers, role models and carers," Mrs Ward said.
The Festival will take place from March 25 - April 3. Applications for grants are open until August 30 2021.
More information here.