Organisations in Heathcote can now apply for a share of the $200,000 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program to help older people get active and connected.

The 2021 festival will 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 Heathcote organisations to apply for a grant if they have creative COVID-safe ideas to help our seniors get active and connected.

These grants support seniors from all walks of life including initiatives that enhance technology skills so they can stay engaged with friends and family.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist local councils, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations engage seniors in COVID-safe activities during the NSW Seniors Festival from 13-24 April 2021.

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