Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli said older people living in this region and interested in singing and choir groups are set to benefit from new grants program Sing Your Age.
Mr Piccoli said the NSW Government program would provide $150000 to encourage more seniors to discover the joy of singing.
‘‘This grants program will help tackle challenges sometimes faced by older people, including social isolation, loneliness, and negative perceptions of ageing,’’ he said.
The program will be supported by the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) which is now inviting singing groups and community organisations to apply for funding.
There are three grant categories. They are:
●Category 1 — $100 to $1000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people;
●Category 2 — $1001 to $7000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location; and
●Category 3 — $7001 to $15000 for creating or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.
Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said creative arts, including singing, were a key component of healthy and active ageing.
‘‘It’s a great way to bring older people together to build and strengthen friendships in the community,’’ Mrs Davies said.
The grants can be used for promotions, professional conductor fees, professional accompanist fees, the purchasing of musical equipment and venue hire.
●For more information about the Sing Your Age grants program or to apply for funding visit www.anca.org.au/facs-sing-your-age
For assistance making an application contact the Australian National Choral Association on 9254 1019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant applications close on Friday, August 18, at 5pm.