New Horizons for Seniors Program opens call for proposals

MP Guy Lauzon listens to the public in his last federal finances-related consultation at The Ramada Inn, in October 2017. At the time, local business owners vented considerable fury at plans by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to increase taxes on small corporations — part of a national backlash. The Trudeau government significantly watered down its plans as a result. Lauzon will take input on Morneau's newest upcoming effort, the 2018 federal budget, Feb. 2 at The Ramada and The McIntosh Country Inn. Zandbergen photo

MP Guy Lauzon encourages local organizations to submit applications

SDG — Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. They have worked hard to see their communities grow and prosper and that is why it is important to empower them to be able to continue contributing to, and share in the prosperity of the country.

In support of this commitment, Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, announced today, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2018-2019 call for proposals for Community-based Projects. Programs like NHSP not only encourage seniors to stay involved in their community, but also increase their social participation and inclusion. This is key to enhancing their well- being and quality of life, as well as to enable them to stay active and share their knowledge, skills and experience with other community members.

The NHSP call for proposals, open until June 15, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding, under the following three national priorities, for projects that empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit: the vulnerable seniors populations, focus on diversity of Canada’s seniors; and will promote volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. Starting this year, organizations that have not benefitted from NHSP funding during the last five years can receive up to $5,000 as part of the new small grants pilot project.

Seniors make remarkable contributions to our communities. By investing in NHSP community-based projects that help reinforce partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations, we can confirm our commitment to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.

Quick Facts

The call for proposals is open from May 7, until June 15.

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding, and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years (including the 2012-2013 NHSP call for proposals).

Three national priorities have been identified for the small grants initiative: projects benefiting vulnerable seniors populations, projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors, and projects using volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity. Applicants must submit projects in line with at least one of these priorities.

Since 2004, the Program has funded more than 21,600 projects in communities across Canada, with a total federal investment of more than $452 million.

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