Like many countries, Canada has a growing seniors population. In fact, by 2030 it is projected that there will be 9.6 million seniors who will account for almost a quarter of our population. This is great news. It means we are living longer and healthier lives! It also means we have to lay a solid groundwork for the future.
This demographic change raises some issues, and one of them is the social inclusion of seniors and their participation in society. It is important to ensure that seniors remain included in all aspects of society and have the opportunity to continue to contribute their experience and knowledge.
On May 15, 2019, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2019-20 called for proposals for community-based projects.
The NHSP is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help improve the well-being and quality of life of seniors and foster social inclusion and engagement of Canadian seniors in all aspects of society. The projects are led or inspired by seniors who are making a difference in the lives of others and their communities.
The Program’s community-based stream supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of its five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. This year, organizations are invited to apply for community-based funding under the NHSP’s three national priorities:
• preventing elder abuse and fraud, including measures to reduce crimes and harms against seniors;
• supporting healthy aging in the community, addressing dementia, including community supports and intergenerational housing; and
• counteracting ageism in the workplace to promote labour market retention of seniors.
Organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and organizations that have not received funding in the past five years, can apply to receive up to $5,000 in small grants funding.
The 2019-20 NHSP community-based call for proposals is open until June 21, 2019. For more information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-horizons-seniors.html.