The Keneally Government is making $175,000 available to help community organizations and local councils to fund activities to celebrate 2011 NSW Seniors Week in March.
The Minister for aging, Peter Primrose, said this funding would contribute to the more than 300 seniors' activities that make NSW Seniors' Week such a success.
"This funding gives local communities the opportunity to put on a range of events which could be as simple as a morning tea to something much bigger," Mr Primrose said.
"During Seniors' Week this year, 321 organizations received grant funding for activities and events ranging from art workshops and fitness classes to photography and computer courses.
"These events provide older people with opportunities to engage in cultural and social activities and also promote the achievement of older people to the wider community."
"The grants are also very popular; almost 580 applications were received last year."
Mr Primrose said that the number of people in NSW now aged over 65 was projected to increase by more than 50% by 2030 and by 2040 would have doubled the present proportion.
"This is great news," he said, "NSW has an aging population, and while this poses challenges, it is overwhelmingly positive that people are living longer and healthier lives."
"Older people have a wealth of wisdom, skills and knowledge that enable them to continue to contribute to the economic, social and cultural richness of NSW."
The grants program opens on Monday, August 2, and closes at 5pm on Friday, August 27, 2010.
NSW Seniors' Week will be held from March 20 to 27 next year.
For a copy of the application form visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au or call the Seniors' Information Service on 13 12 44 from Monday, August 2.
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