Feds offering big bucks for seniors’ programs

Organizations that promote the well-being of seniors are eligible for New Horizons for Seniors Program grants of up to $25,000 to finance projects encouraging volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.

“There are many organizations in (the federal riding of) Kootenay Columbia that are dedicated to helping seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue to be active, participating members of their communities,”  MP David Wilks said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“This is an excellent opportunity for organizations that promote the well-being of seniors to take action. We encourage them to submit their applications before July 5, 2013.”

This year alone, the federal government is providing more than $33 million to support 1,750 community-based projects for seniors across the country. Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12,200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

“Seniors have played an important role in building our great constituency of Kootenay Columbia  and we wish to say thank you for keeping our communities strong,” Wilks said.

“If your organization has an idea for a project that encourages seniors to lead or participate in activities that benefit the communities in Kootenay Columbia, take advantage of this call for proposal and submit your application today.”

For more information on how to submit your application, visit seniors.gc.ca.