Application deadline fast approaching for 2013-2014 New Horizons for Seniors Program funding

Richmond, British Columbia, June 26, 2013—Eligible organizations across Canada still have the opportunity to submit applications for New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding until July 5, 2013 (September 6 for Quebec).

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), today reminded all organizations that promote the engagement of seniors to take advantage of the 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects, which was launched on May 22, 2013.

“Many organizations in Canada are committed to helping seniors maintain a high quality of life and to helping them continue to be active, participating members of their communities,” said Minister of State Wong. “Through initiatives like the NHSP, seniors have new opportunities to use their knowledge and skills to make a difference in the life of others.”

Eligible organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant 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.

Minister of State Wong also highlighted that Volunteer Richmond Information Services is receiving close to $25,000 in NHSP funding. The organization will develop new information material to help raise awareness of elder abuse, including power of attorney rights and responsibilities.

“Funding from the Government of Canada will have a substantial impact on our community,” said Mary Kemmis, President, Volunteer Richmond Information Services. “It will allow us to address the growing concern of elder financial abuse, particularly when it’s caused by the exploitation of powers of attorney. We’ll be able to educate seniors and their family members on how to prevent this form of abuse, with a focus on Richmond’s ethno-cultural communities.”

Government initiatives such as the NHSP help to ensure that seniors maintain their personal health and well-being. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in a variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and health.

For more information and to apply for funding, visit seniors.gc.ca.