RICHMOND, BC, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Eligible organizations across Canada
still have the opportunity to submit applications for New Horizons for
Seniors Program (NHSP) funding until July 5, 2013 (September 6 for
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), today reminded
all organizations that promote the engagement of seniors to take
advantage of the 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based
projects, which was launched on May 22, 2013.
"Many organizations in Canada are committed to helping seniors maintain
a high quality of life and to helping them continue to be active,
participating members of their communities," said Minister of State
Wong. "Through initiatives like the NHSP, seniors have new
opportunities to use their knowledge and skills to make a difference in
the life of others."
Eligible organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding per
year and must address one or more of the program's five objectives:
volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social
participation and capital assistance.
Minister of State Wong also highlighted that Volunteer Richmond
Information Services is receiving close to $25,000 in NHSP funding. The
organization will develop new information material to help raise
awareness of elder abuse, including power of attorney rights and
"Funding from the Government of Canada will have a substantial impact on
our community," said Mary Kemmis, President, Volunteer Richmond
Information Services. "It will allow us to address the growing concern
of elder financial abuse, particularly when it's caused by the
exploitation of powers of attorney. We'll be able to educate seniors
and their family members on how to prevent this form of abuse, with a
focus on Richmond's ethno-cultural communities."
Government initiatives such as the NHSP help to ensure that seniors
maintain their personal health and well-being. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in a
variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and
For more information and to apply for funding, visit seniors.gc.ca.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) supports projects led or
inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and
their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada
encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to
the benefit of others.
The 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects was
launched on May 22, 2013. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in
funding per year and must address one or more of the program's five
objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder
abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
The call for proposals will close on July 5, 2013, for all of Canada,
except Quebec. The Quebec call will close on September 6, 2013, to
coincide with a provincial call for proposals.
Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 200 projects in
hundreds of communities across Canada. The NHSP recently approved over
1 750 community-based projects through the 2012-2013 call for
For more information on the NHSP, please visit seniors.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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