Call for Age-friendly provincial grants program applications
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’.