Grandparents! Sure they get in the way occasionally, and sometimes they are a pain in the butt. But, most of the time, particularly in the fast-paced world we live in, an absolute Godsend.

The State Government also recognises the contribution made by Grandparents. So much so, that they are offering grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 for local organisations planning to host a 2018 Grandparents Day event.

The NSW Government has allocated $200,000 to help local organisations celebrate Grandparents Day on October 28, 2018.

Three funding categories are available:

  • up to $1000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools
  • from $1001 to $5000 for local community events
  • from $5001 to $10,000 for large-scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.

In 2017, the NSW Government doubled the amount of funding available in the Grandparents Day grants program, which meant 82 organisations delivered high-quality events that reached more people.

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said in 2018 Grandparents Day will have a particular focus on grandparents and seniors who offer their time and support to help raise grandchildren.

“More than 200,000 grandparents in our great state give almost 13 hours of unpaid, informal care for children each week and we don’t want this selfless service to go unnoticed,” Ms Davies said.