(OTTAWA) May 8, 2018 – Seniors are key members of our communities who carry with them invaluable knowledge and experiences. The Government of Canada is dedicated to expanding opportunities for seniors to be involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap into their collective resources and experiences.
In support of this, the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2018-2019 call for proposals for Community-based Projects.
“Programs like New Horizons not only encourage seniors in the riding to stay involved in their community, they increase their social participation and inclusion,” stated Nault. “Our Government recognizes the significant contributions that seniors make to our society.”
The NHSP call for proposals, open until June 15, 2018, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding, under the following three national priorities, for projects that empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit:
· the vulnerable seniors populations,
· focus on diversity of Canada’s seniors; and
· will promote volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.
Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. Starting this year, organizations that have not benefited from NHSP funding during the last five years can receive up to $5,000 as part of the new small grants pilot project.
In February 2018, Nault announced $205,173 for nine New Horizons for Seniors Program projects throughout the Kenora riding.
“The projects I announced in February will be used to teach computer technology skills, repair facilities that house social activities for seniors, build a greenhouse, and allow elders to pass along their knowledge to youth,” concluded Nault. “These activities empower seniors, enabling them to pursue an active lifestyle, expand their social network, and explore new learning experiences as technology continues to play a bigger role in day-to-day life.”
· The call for proposals is open from May 7, 2018 until June 15, 2018.
· Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding, and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years (including the 2012-2013 NHSP call for proposals).
· Three national priorities have been identified for the small grants initiative: projects benefiting vulnerable seniors populations, projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors, and projects using volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity. Applicants must submit projects in line with at least one of these priorities.
· Since 2004, the Program has funded more than 21,600 projects in communities across Canada, with a total federal investment of more than $452 million.
To arrange an interview with the Hon. Bob Nault, please contact:
Ottawa office: Kenora office:
Julian Morelli Ryan Young
(613) 996-1161 (807) 468-2170