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Call for proposals for community-based projects supporting seniors

Neil Ellis

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis encourages local organizations to submit applications for community-based programs for seniors.

“Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society,” said Neil Ellis. “That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to empowering all Canadians, including seniors, to contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.”

New Horizons for Seniors Programs 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 call for proposals, open until June 15, 2018, is seekingvprojects 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 populations,
– 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.

“The government recognizes the remarkable contributions that seniors make to our communities,” said Ellis. “By investing in NHSP community-based projects that help reinforce partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations, the government is confirming its commitment to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.

“Local organizations are encouraged to submit projects led or inspired by seniors for the New Horizons for Seniors Program funding. 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.”

Since 2004, the program has funded more than 21,600 projects in communities across Canada, with a total federal investment of more than $452 million.

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