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

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman 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,” Mrs Tuckerman 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, so I strongly encourage applications for programs that unite people.”

The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and has been running for more than 63 years.

Minister for Seniors Natalie Ward said the program reinforces the NSW Government’s dedication to older people, outlined in the Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021–2031.

The Seniors Festival will be run from 25 March to 3 April 2022. Applications for grants are open from 2 August to 30 August 2021. Apply here: