Applications invited for age-friendly grants

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The provincial government is inviting municipalities, Aboriginal governments, and seniors’ organizations to submit applications for initiatives that support healthy aging through the annual Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program.

This program, which has $200,000 available for investment, reflects the province’s commitment to encourage older adults to be fully involved in their communities.

“Bringing together community and municipal partners to advance local and regional initiatives that support older adults to age actively, enjoy good health, and remain involved in their communities are integral elements of creating age-friendly communities," said Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors.

"Since the program’s launch in 2010, 30 municipalities and 61 seniors’ organizations and retiree groups have received funding to assess the age-friendliness of their communities. There has always been great interest in this program and I fully expect this to continue through this year’s call for applications.”

The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program supports initiatives which benefit older adults, such as six-week educational programs on physical education, affordable healthy shopping and cooking, as well as programs where older adults share traditional skills with school-aged individuals.

 “Municipalities throughout our province understand the valuable contribution that seniors make each and every day. Age-friendly communities are essential to ensuring that our seniors are able to stay active and continue to participate in activities in their communities. I encourage municipalities to apply for funding through this program, which will enhance the lives of seniors," added Steve Kent, Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The deadline for applications for the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program is Feb. 28.

Further more, including the application form and guidelines, visit the following:

www.gov.nl.ca/health/grantsfunding/age_friendly.html

Some notables:

• Since its launch in 2010, the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants program has supported 91 communities and seniors’ groups through a total investment of $730,000.

• The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program is an initiative of the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework. Applicants must ensure proposed projects align with one or more of the priorities outlined in the framework, which include recognition of older persons, celebrating diversity, supportive communities, financial well-being, health and well-being and employment, and education and research.

Organizations: Community Services, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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