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Queensland Seniors Month will be held 1- 31 October 2021.  Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons the month will end on National Grandparents Day.

This year Seniors Month is celebrating Social Connections, connecting people of all ages, cultures, and abilities through inclusive events and activities, celebrating the important and essential roles older people play in our communities.

Funded by the Queensland Government eligible applicants can apply for up to $1,000 to assist in hosting inclusive events and activities.

Apply online from 7 April – 31 May 2021 at qldseniorsmonth.smartygrants.com.au.  

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Do you have questions?  Below are some some frequently asked questions.

Is Seniors Month a national event?

No, the states and territories celebrate Seniors Months and Weeks at different times of the year and for various lengths of time. Making Queensland Seniors Month, unique to Queenslanders.

What are the dates of Seniors Month?

Queensland Seniors Month’s will be held 1- 31 October 2021.  Beginning on the United Nations International Day of Older Persons the month will end on National Grandparents Day.

What is the theme?

This year Seniors Month is celebrating Social Connections, connecting people of all ages, cultures, and abilities through inclusive events and activities, celebrating the important and essential roles older people play in our communities.

What are the 2021 program objectives?

The five objectives of Queensland Seniors Month 2021 are:

  1. Improve community attitudes towards older Queenslanders and
  2. Empower older Queenslanders to connect to inclusive events and activities by producing multicultural, intergenerational or lifestyle events/activities for older Queenslanders in their
  3. Create opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to participate in activities outside of Queensland Seniors
  4. Empower older Queenslanders to live active and healthy lives with improved physical and mental
  5. Enhance opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to learn through community education, lifelong learning, and digital

Subsidised events and activities should be inclusive of all, and accessible to the diversity of older people including:

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • South Sea Islander peoples
  • Culturally and Linguistically Divers (CALD) peoples
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people
  • People with disability
What kind of event can I host?

You can connect people to a range of inclusive events and activities. These could include a range of online and offline events such as:

  • Music and concerts
  • Food
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Story sharing
  • Trivia and games
  • Forums
  • Walks and fun runs
  • Come and Try Days
  • Sports
  • Technology
What is the eligibility to apply fsubsidy?

All eligible applicants must be:

  • located and service Queensland.
  • a registered charity, incorporated association, limited by guarantee company and hold public liability insurance of a minimum of $20 million.
    • If your organisation is not any of the above, or does not have $20 million in public liability insurance, the applicant can be auspiced (sponsored) by an organisation that meets the above criteria or local council.  Read more about applications via auspicing on page 6.
  • able to demonstrate alignment between the event or activity and the 2021 Program Objectives.
  • able to demonstrate financial viability through a comprehensive budget.
How do i apply?

All applications and are acquittals are to be completed using SmartyGrants, an online grants management system.   You can sign up for a free account or use your existing account at qldseniorsmonth.smartygrants.com.au.

Applications open Wednesday 7 April 2021 and  will close  at 11:59pm Monday 31 May 2021.

What will I need to apply?

Before getting started you will need:

  • Your SmartyGrants login details
    • If you do not have an existing login you can create a free account by registering your details
  • Your ABN or ACNC number
  • A digital copy of your organisations or auspicing organisations Public Liability Certificate of Currency showing the insured coverage amount as $20 million or more to submit to in the application
  • Clear details of your event, location, the cultural and social outcomes aligning to the program objectives, estimated number attendees and target audience.
  • A budget including your income and expenditure.

Please note you will need to complete an application for each event you are seeking funding to support. If successful, each event will require a separate acquittal.  

How much can I apply for?

Eligible organisations can apply for up to $1,000 to be matched dollar for dollar by the organisation’s own resources.

This can include:

  • sponsorship,
  • cash or in-kind support contributions such as venue hire,
  • operational costs, including staff wages,
  • and organisational contributions.
What can I spend the subsidy on?

Subsidies can be spent on the following items:

  • Venue hire
  • Catering
  • Guest speakers, entertainment, musicians, and artists
  • Temporary instructors and tutors engaged specifically for the event
  • Transport
  • Marketing and advertising of the event
What is not covered?

The subsidy does not cover the following:

  • Staff wages and organisational running costs
  • Administration fees including phone and postage charges
  • Collateral items including banners, signage, flags, computers, computer software, cloth napkins, and crockery
  • Gifts of any sorts
  • Raffle and door prizes