Coffs politician encourages applicants for Grants Program
COFFS Coast politician Andrew Fraser is urging local organisations who help older people to lead independent and healthy lives to apply for funding from the NSW Government's Liveable Communities Grants Program.
The state member for Coffs Harbour said Round Three was now open to applicants working to improve the lives of seniors in his electorate.
"I am excited to see what fresh ideas are brought to the table in Round Three. The focus will be on projects that increase older people's participation in artistic, cultural, sport and exercise activities," Mr Fraser said.
NSW Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said applicants would be assessed on innovation, and the potential to create sustainable long-term solutions to issues facing older people.
"DiscoDTours' Moove and Groove silent disco classes for seniors and older people living with dementia received funding under Round Two," Mrs Davies said.
"The benefits for these participants have been remarkable and now they are looking to expand."
Moove and Groove participants don wireless headsets and are guided through a dance exercise program to the sound of a specially selected music track
The classes were developed in conjunction with a music therapist and exercise physiologist.
Applications for the Liveable Communities grants program are open to non-government organisations, local councils, universities and small businesses.
The program was a 2015 election commitment, with $4 million allocated over four years. More than $1.3 million has been allocated to fund Round Three.
Mr Fraser strongly encouraged applications from his electorate and projects directed specifically towards indigenous communities.
"When we do everything possible to remove physical and mental barriers for older people, it ensures they can fully participate in local life and everyone in the community benefits," Mr Fraser said.