Ap­pli­ca­tions in­vited for age-friendly grants

The Compass - - JUNIOR HOCKEY -

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is invit­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Abo­rig­i­nal gov­ern­ments, and se­niors’ or­ga­ni­za­tions to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for ini­tia­tives that sup­port healthy ag­ing through the an­nual Age-Friendly New­found­land and Labrador Grants Pro­gram.

This pro­gram, which has $200,000 avail­able for in­vest­ment, re­flects the prov­ince’s com­mit­ment to en­cour­age older adults to be fully in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Bring­ing to­gether com­mu­nity and mu­nic­i­pal part­ners to ad­vance lo­cal and re­gional ini­tia­tives that sup­port older adults to age ac­tively, en­joy good health, and re­main in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties are in­te­gral el­e­ments of cre­at­ing age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties,” said Su­san Sul­li­van, Min­is­ter of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Ag­ing and Se­niors.

“Since the pro­gram’s launch in 2010, 30 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 61 se­niors’ or­ga­ni­za­tions and re­tiree groups have re­ceived fund­ing to as­sess the age-friend­li­ness of their com­mu­ni­ties. There has al­ways been great in­ter­est in this pro­gram and I fully ex­pect this to con­tinue through this year’s call for ap­pli­ca­tions.”

The Age-Friendly New­found­land and Labrador Grants Pro­gram supports ini­tia­tives which ben­e­fit older adults, such as sixweek ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams on phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, af­ford­able healthy shop­ping and cook­ing, as well as pro­grams where older adults share tra­di­tional skills with school-aged in­di­vid­u­als.

“Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties through­out our prov­ince un­der­stand the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion that se­niors make each and ev­ery day. Agefriendly com­mu­ni­ties are es­sen­tial to en­sur­ing that our se­niors are able to stay ac­tive and con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties in their com­mu­ni­ties. I en­cour­age mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ap­ply for fund­ing through this pro­gram, which will en­hance the lives of se­niors,” added Steve Kent, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions for the Age-Friendly New­found­land and Labrador Grants Pro­gram is Feb. 28.

Fur­ther more, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion form and guide­lines, visit the fol­low­ing:

www.gov.nl.ca/health/grants­fund­ing/age_friendly.html Some no­ta­bles: • Since its launch in 2010, the Age-Friendly New­found­land and Labrador Grants pro­gram has sup­ported 91 com­mu­ni­ties and se­niors’ groups through a to­tal in­vest­ment of $730,000.

• The Age-Friendly New­found­land and Labrador Grants Pro­gram is an ini­tia­tive of the Pro­vin­cial Healthy Ag­ing Pol­icy Frame­work. Ap­pli­cants must en­sure pro­posed projects align with one or more of the pri­or­i­ties out­lined in the frame­work, which in­clude recog­ni­tion of older per­sons, cel­e­brat­ing diver­sity, sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ties, fi­nan­cial well-be­ing, health and well-be­ing and em­ploy­ment, and ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

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