Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals for New Horizons for Seniors Program

Ottawa, ON — May 8, 2012: David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands is encouraging organizations that work to promote the well-being of seniors, to take advantage of the 2012–2013 call for proposals for community-based projects under The New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps seniors in Cypress Hills-Grasslands put their experience to use through volunteerism and mentorship. By investing in these community projects, our government is improving both the quality of life for Canadian seniors and their neighbourhoods,” said Anderson.

Organizations can 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 following groups are eligible to apply:

  • not-for-profit organizations, community-based coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • for-profit organizations, provided that the nature and intent of the activity are non-commercial, do not generate profit, and fit within the program objectives;
  • municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, as well as public health and social services institutions; and
  • research and educational institutions, including school boards, school districts, universities and colleges.

“We know how important it is to provide meaningful programs and activities involving seniors,” said Anderson “This is just one more way we can help support our local organizations in their goal to promote and support the quality of life of Canadian seniors.”

The application deadline for community-based projects is June 29. For more information and to apply for funding, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.