OTTAWA, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is seeking
applications for projects that will help Canadian seniors use their
leadership abilities, skills and experience to continue to make a
difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors
NHSP community-based projects help empower seniors to share their
knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities
by increasing their capacity to address local issues.
The call for proposals will close on Friday, July 4, 2014.
Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding. Projects must
address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering,
mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and
Over 1,770 NHSP community-based projects were approved through the
2013-2014 call for proposals, for a total of more than $33.4 million in
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for
the NHSP to support additional projects that benefit seniors.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
"Our Government recognizes that seniors have helped build our country
and continue to contribute their skills and experiences to communities
and workplaces across Canada. Through initiatives such as the NHSP, we
are empowering seniors by supporting projects that help improve their
well-being and maintain a good quality of life."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and
contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors
who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share
their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. Since
2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
NHSP funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian
projects and pilot projects that focus on issues like social isolation
and intergenerational learning.
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors
and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering,
mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation,
and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to
$25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves
from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud. These projects
help community members to recognize elder abuse in all its forms and to
improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Projects
focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can
be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada; they may
be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of three
Pilot project funding provides support to help address seniors'
isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources
and initiating community interventions. It also identifies
intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new
interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These
pilot projects are eligible to receive up to $100,000 of federal
funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding
from other sources. The first call for proposals for pilot projects was
launched on October 3, 2013 and closed on November 13, 2013.
For more information on the NHSP, visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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