Federal Grants for seniors announced
On behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, MP for Compton– Stanstead and Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, is pleased to announce that various organizations in the Estrie region will receive over $294,000 in grants to promote the well-being of seniors.
This funding is awarded under Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The program supports projects that promote volunteerism and mentoring, raise public awareness about elder abuse, encourage social participation and provide capital assistance.
This year, 19 organizations in Estrie will receive financial support under this program. The funding will enable them to engage seniors in various social activities provide them with a safer living environment and improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility, among other things. Organizations selected and value of grant awarded: AFEAS de Notre-Dame-des-Bois: $13,800 Association des retraités de Magog: $9,400 Association québécoise de défenses des droits et des personnes retraitées: $5,100 Élie Carrier community centre in Coaticook: $25,000 Club de l’âge d’or de Stanstead: $3,199 Club de l’âge d’or de Chartierville: $3,500 Club de l’âge d’or de Lambton: $23,251 Club de l’âge d’or de Saint-Romain: $24,382 Club de l’âge d’or de Stornoway: $12,364 Saint-Joseph-des-Monts Parish (La Patrie): $5,000 FADOQ de Lac-Mégantic: $16,786 FADOQ St-Jean (Coaticook): $1,985 Municipality of Frontenac: $23,174 Municipality of La Patrie: $25,000 Municipality of North Hatley: $25,000 Office municipal d’habitation de Sherbrooke: $16,400 Sercovie (Sherbrooke): $24,198 Estrie Alzheimer Society: $25,000 Table de concertation des personnes aînées of Le Granit RCM: $11,900
Minister Bibeau underscored the outstanding work of local organizations that support seniors and help make communities stronger. “It’s important for seniors to be able to take part in community activities that meet their needs and put their experience to good use. We are determined to work with regional organizations to improve seniors’ quality of life,” she said.
“Through the many community projects we fund each year, our government helps provide seniors with unique opportunities to use their skills, knowledge and experience to serve the other members of their communities. Initiatives like these demonstrate our commitment to ensuring seniors’ well-being and strengthening Canada’s social fabric through partnerships,” commented the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The next call for proposals for community projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program in 2016–2017 is scheduled for this spring. Organizations interested in submitting a project can visit the website www.canada.ca/seniors for more information.