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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Maitland groups encouraged to apply for Seniors Festival grants

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison is encouraging eligible local organisations who plan to host a 2021 NSW Seniors Week Festival event to apply for a seed funding grant from the NSW Government.

Financial support’s available to help councils, not-for-profit groups, charitable bodies, public companies limited by guarantee, and government authorities coordinate festival programs and activities that create opportunities for people older than 60 to remain active, healthy and engaged with the community.

The applications must propose programs or activities that are free, or heavily discounted, for NSW seniors.

“There are many ways that organisations can stage fun and valuable events in celebration of NSW Seniors Week that meet the eligibility criteria,” Ms Aitchison said.

“Successful programs in the past have been outdoor and physically-active workshops, free samples of activities, and programs offering access to expert advice, information, tools and resources.”

Ms Aitchison noted all 2021 NSW Seniors Week Festival events would be subject to COVID-19 public health orders in place at that time, and that all grant recipients are required to complete a COVID-19 Safety plan for their proposal.

“This program is always very popular, so I urge everyone who is interested in a grant to begin their application now,” she said.

Information about the NSW Seniors Week Festival grants program can be found at www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au

Applications must be submitted online via SmartGrants before 11.59pm on Thursday 4 February.

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