New Hori­zons pro­gram call goes out

Groups en­cour­aged to sub­mit pro­pos­als for projects that help se­niors stay ac­tive, en­gaged

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD RE­GIONAL

The call for pro­pos­als for the fed­eral New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram (NHSP) for 2018-2019 is now open and will re­main so un­til June 15.

The gov­ern­ment is seek­ing pro­pos­als for projects led or in­spired by se­niors. Groups are in­vited to ap­ply for fund­ing for projects that em­power se­niors to ini­ti­ate and par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that:

• ben­e­fit vul­ner­a­ble se­niors;

• fo­cus on di­ver­sity of Canada’s se­niors;

• and/or pro­mote vol­un­teerism to in­crease an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ca­pac­ity.

El­i­gi­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions can re­ceive up to $25,000 in project fund­ing. Start­ing this year, groups 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 fed­eral gov­ern­ment says it rec­og­nizes the re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions that se­niors make to our com­mu­ni­ties. By in­vest­ing in NHSP com­mu­nity-based projects that help re­in­force part­ner­ships with lo­cal gov­ern­ments, in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions, the gov­ern­ment says it is con­firm­ing its com­mit­ment to de­liver pos­i­tive change and im­prove the lives of se­niors.

“Every year, many or­ga­ni­za­tions in West Nova ben­e­fit from New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram fund­ing for projects that are led and in­spired by se­niors,” said West Nova MP Colin Fraser. “I en­cour­age lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to sub­mit projects that help se­niors in our com­mu­ni­ties re­main ac­tive and en­gaged, en­cour­age them to share their knowl­edge and ideas, and strengthen our in­sti­tu­tions through vol­un­teerism.”

Jean-Yves Du­c­los, min­is­ter of Fam­i­lies, Chil­dren and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, also of­fered some thoughts.

“Through the New Hori­zons for Se­niors Pro­gram, our gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for se­niors to par­tic­i­pate in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties that nur­ture their per­sonal growth and fos­ter com­mu­nity pros­per­ity,” the min­is­ter said. “These ac­tiv­i­ties em­power se­niors, en­abling them to pur­sue an ac­tive life­style, ex­pand their so­cial net­work and ex­plore new learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that will bet­ter help them face the chal­lenges of our rapidly evolv­ing so­ci­ety.”

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