Seniors Month 2021 – Grants are now open

19 Mar 2021

Apply on the Grants NT website.

The NT Government is providing more than $64,000 in funding for community organisations and businesses to deliver events or activities during Seniors Month (in August). Grants of up to $2000 are available for events that celebrate older Territorians and encourage them to live healthy and active lifestyles.
Apply on the GrantsNT website.
Applications close 16 April 2021

Key dates – Round 1: Seniors Month 2021

Event Date / Time
Applications Open 15/03/2021 8:00 AM
Applications Close 16/04/2021 5:00 PM
Notifications of Outcome 24/05/2021 5:00 PM
Project / Service Commencement 01/08/2021 8:00 AM
Project / Service Completion 31/08/2021 5:00 PM

About Seniors Month and grants

Source: NTG website (

 August is Seniors Month in the Northern Territory. One-off grants of up to $2,000 are available through the Seniors Month Grants Program to assist community organisations and businesses holding an event or activities for older people during August. These grants are designed to offset the cost of an event, not necessary to fund it entirely.

The objectives of Seniors Month are to:

  • encourage older people to live healthy and active lifestyles all year round
  • demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure
  • celebrate older people and their continuing contribution to family, friends, workplaces and communities, and across generations.

Grant applications are assessed for their potential to contribute to the achievement of these objectives. Funding is limited and competitive. Not all applications may be successful. Previous grant recipients should not assume that they will automatically receive further funding. Priority will be given to innovative events that encourage older people to have a healthy lifestyle, become involved in a new activity, connect to the community and create opportunities for older people to continue their involvement in such activities. 

Who can apply for grants

Organisations and businesses can apply for funding. Your organisation must:

  • be incorporated under the NT Associations Act 2003
  • or have an auspicing body that is incorporated under the NT Associations Act that is willing to accept responsibility for administration, reporting and acquittal of the grant on the applicant’s behalf.

Your business must be registered and hold a specific Seniors Month event. Community organisations or businesses that have previously received Seniors Month grants must have satisfactorily used those grants to apply for another.

Requirements for your event

Your event must:

  • celebrate older people and their continuing contribution
  • encourage older people to live healthy and active lifestyles all year round
  • demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure.

Funding won’t be given for any of the following:

  • usual club or business activities
  • wages or salaries for course instructors or event facilitators in excess of 25 percent of the value of the grant
  • events where participation is limited to members of particular groups
  • purchase of capital equipment, for example, computers
  • programs or activities that are political or discriminatory
  • events that encourage gambling or the consumption of alcohol.

For help and information

Please contact the Grants Officer, Territory Families – Office of Senior Territorians
Phone: 0889993862

More information about Seniors Month Grants – including ideas for activities – is available on the NTG website (

Please note: COTA NT does not administer any Seniors Month Grant funding.

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