Funding for seniors programs available

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl encourages local organization to apply

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl is encouraging local organizations to apply for funding under the New Horizon for Seniors Program (NHSP).

“Seniors have a lot to offer. Through the New Horizon for Seniors Program, seniors are encouraged to get involved in their local community and share their knowledge, skills and experiences,” said Strahl.

Since its creation in 2004, the NHSP has helped seniors lead and participate in activities across the country. Local examples have included: increasing awareness of elder abuse; encouraging local volunteerism; improving facilities used by seniors; and recording oral history.

Under the NHSP, organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding for projects.

Eligible recipients include:

• not-for-profit organizations, community-based coalitions, networks and committees

• for-profit organizations, provided that the nature and intent of the activity are non-commercial, do not generate profit and fit within the program objectives

• municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, as well as public health and social services institutions; and

• research and educational institutions, including school boards, school districts, universities, colleges and CEGEPs.

The current call for proposals closes on July 4. To learn more, visit www.esdc.gc.ca/seniors

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