Duty MLC for Orange, Sarah Mitchell, today encouraged local organisations and groups to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to host events during 2017 NSW Seniors Festival.

The NSW Seniors Festival will be held from Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March 2017. The NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program helps local councils and groups host events in their local communities during the Festival.

“The NSW Seniors Festival is about recognition and celebration. It is a time when the community recognises and celebrates the incredible contribution older people make to our community,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“Hosting an event is a great way to show our appreciation, as well as help seniors stay active.

“I would encourage any local group or organisation planning to hold an event during 2017 NSW Seniors Festival to apply” Mrs Mitchell said.

Community groups can apply for up to $1,000 to deliver local events or activities, and local governments and larger community organisations can apply for grants ranging from $1,001 to $5,000 for larger events or activities.

“The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest celebration for older people in the southern hemisphere. This Grants Program helps ensure everyone, no matter where you are in our great State, can everyone it,” Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said.

The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program will focus on events that are public, held in regional or remote areas, tailored to culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal communities, and offer unique and engaging intergenerational activities.

Applications for the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival grants program will open on Thursday 4 August and close Friday 2 September 2016.

For more information or to submit an application, go to