Local MP Don Rusnak last week announced a call for proposals for community-based projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2018-19.
Programs like NHSP not only encourage seniors to stay involved in their community, but also increase their social participation and inclusion.
This is key to enhancing their well-being and quality of life, as well as to enable them to stay active and share their knowledge, skills, and experience with other community members.
The NHSP's call for proposals, open until June 15, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors.
Organizations are invited to apply for funding, under the following three national priorities, for projects that empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit:
- the vulnerable seniors' population;
- focus on diversity of Canada's seniors; and
- will promote volunteerism to increase an organization's capacity.
Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
Starting this year, organizations that have not benefitted from NHSP funding during the last five years can receive up to $5,000 as part of the new small grants pilot project.
“Local organizations are encouraged to submit projects led or inspired by seniors for the New Horizons for Seniors Program funding,” said Rusnak, who made the announcement on behalf of Families, Children, and Social Development minister Jean-Yves Duclos.
“These activities empower seniors, enabling them to pursue an active lifestyle, expand their social network, and explore new learning experiences that will better equip them to face the challenges of our rapidly-evolving society,” he noted.