New Horizons for Seniors Program Expands: Greater Variety of Projects

Deadline for Applications September 16, 2011

Swift Current, SK – July 14, 2011 – David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has introduced enhancements to the New Horizons for Seniors Program that will allow a broader array of organizations to develop a greater variety of projects that meet the changing needs of communities.

In the past, the program has funded projects through three separate funding streams: Capital Assistance, Community Participation and Leadership and Elder Abuse Awareness. Rather than fund projects through these three distinct streams, the program will now support those that meet one or more of the program’s five objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

“Communities from across Cypress Hills-Grasslands have benefited from this program in the past. Our seniors and those from across Canada have made the country what it is today. We are proud to be able to support projects that help them get more involved in their communities,” said Anderson.

As in previous years, community-based projects will be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding per year. The following groups are entitled to apply;
not-for-profit organizations, community-based coalitions, networks and committees;

or-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, colleges and CEGEPs.

For more information and to apply before September 16, 2011: www.hrsdc.gc.ca.