Harper government launches call for proposals for projects led and inspired by seniors

GATINEAU, QC, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Harper government is seeking applications for projects that will help seniors use their leadership abilities, energy and skills to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

The 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects was launched today by the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

"Our government recognizes the importance of supporting organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of seniors," said Minister of State Wong. "Initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program help seniors to lead and participate in community activities that strengthen their well-being and quality of life."

NHSP community-based project funding enables seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and helps communities increase their capacity to address local issues. 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.

The application deadline will be July 5, 2013, in all provinces and territories except Quebec, which will close on September 6, 2013, to coincide with a provincial call for proposals.

For more information and to apply for funding, visit seniors.gc.ca.

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 health.


Backgrounder


New Horizons for Seniors Program

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 Harper government encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

Community-based projects 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 proposals.

For more information on the NHSP, please visit seniors.gc.ca.


SOURCE Human Resources and Skills Development Canada




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