Ottawa: The Government of Canada is seeking applications for projects to help seniors lead and participate in social activities and contribute to their communities.
This call for proposals under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) was launched by Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
“Our government is proud to support organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of seniors,” said Minister Finley. “Through initiatives such as the NHSP, we help seniors stay active and encourage them to continue to participate in the social and economic life of Canada.”
“The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps seniors put their experience to use through volunteerism and mentorship,” added Minister of State Wong. “By investing in these community projects, our government is improving both the quality of life for Canadian seniors and their neighbourhoods.”
NHSP community-based project funding enables seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and helps communities increase their capacity to address local issues. Eligible recipients can receive up to $25,000 in grant funding per year.
In 2011, the Government of Canada strengthened direct support to seniors by increasing the annual NHSP budget to $45 million.
Community-based projects must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: promoting volunteerism, mentoring, elder abuse awareness, social participation and providing capital assistance.
The call will close on June 29, 2012.
More information on the NHSP at www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.