New Horizons program call goes out
Groups encouraged to submit proposals for projects that help seniors stay active, engaged
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.”