02 January 2013

Local community training providers and not-for-profit community groups in the Hunter electorate can now apply for grants of between $5000 and $20,000 to deliver courses tailored to seniors.

Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, today encouraged local community organisations and training providers to take advantage of grants available under the Governments $4.2 million Productive Ageing through Community Education grant program.

This year the Government is providing up to 200 grants to expand face-to-face and online course offerings that support seniors to remain active, healthy and engaged in the community.

Grants are available to deliver new courses, or tailor existing courses, across a range of topics - from fitness and healthy living to foreign languages, computer skills and volunteering.

Lifelong learning is critical to remaining active, healthy and engaged, Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Productive Ageing program is about providing more opportunities to take part in local courses tailored to the needs and interests of seniors.

We all benefit from the immense value that older Australians add to our community, workplaces and economy.

Our ageing population means harnessing the knowledge and life experience of older Australians is more important than ever.

In a changing society, community education provides seniors with the opportunity to develop the new skills needed to continue contributing to the community and the economy if they choose.

Grant applications are open now with information on how to apply available at