Call for Age-friendly provin­cial grants pro­gram ap­pli­ca­tions

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Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted for the Age-friendly New­found­land and Labrador (AFNL) Grants Pro­gram.

Fund­ing is avail­able to as­sist in­cor­po­rated mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Inuit com­mu­nity gov­ern­ments and re­serves, and se­niors’ or­ga­ni­za­tions and re­tiree groups in plan­ning for an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

A to­tal of $200,000 will be dis­trib­uted to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the prov­ince.

Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Ag­ing and Se­niors Su­san Sul­li­van said “The provin­cial govern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing healthy ag­ing through­out New­found­land and Labrador and we rec­og­nize to do that we must part­ner with com­mu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions. The projects funded through this grants pro­gram will en­able com­mu­ni­ties and groups to im­prove the health and well-be­ing of our prov­ince’s se­niors and as­sist them in cre­at­ing age­friendly com­mu­ni­ties that ap­pre­ci­ate and value the con­tri­bu­tions of our se­niors.”

An age-friendly com­mu­nity is a com­mu­nity where poli­cies, ser­vices and struc­tures are de­signed to sup­port and en­able all peo­ple re­gard­less of age to live in a se­cure environmen­t, en­joy good health, and con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate fully in so­ci­ety. The AFNL Grants Pro­gram was launched in 2010 to al­low mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop and ex­pand their abil­ity to con­trib­ute to the cre­ation of age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties.

In 2009-10 and 2010-11, 20 com­mu­ni­ties were sup­ported through the AFNL com­mu­nity grants. In ad­di­tion, un­der the AFNL se­niors’ or­ga­ni­za­tions grants, 26 groups re­ceived funds in 2009-10 and 201011 for a va­ri­ety of projects that pro­mote healthy ag­ing.

The AFNL Grants Pro­gram is an ini­tia­tive of the Provin­cial Healthy Ag­ing Pol­icy Frame­work. Re­leased in 2007, the frame­work’s vi­sion is for in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and so­ci­ety as a whole to foster healthy ag­ing in or­der to achieve op­ti­mal health and well-be­ing.

Ap­pli­cants must en­sure pro­posed projects align with one or more of the pri­or­i­ties out­lined in the frame­work: recog­ni­tion of older per­sons; cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity; sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ties; fi­nan­cial well­be­ing; health and well-be­ing and em­ploy­ment; and, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador Pres­i­dent Churence Rogers agreed “Pro­vid­ing re­sources for se­niors to main­tain healthy and ac­tive life­styles is a pri­or­ity for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Age-friendly grants en­able com­mu­ni­ties in this prov­ince to meet the needs of our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.”

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions for the AFNL Grants Pro­gram is Feb. 15. Fur­ther pro­gram in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­tion forms and guide­lines is avail­able at ‘www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/grant sfund­ing/age_friendly.html’.

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