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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, March 1, 2010-The Government of Canada is once again accepting applications from not-for-profit organizations who want to give Canada's seniors the opportunity to participate in and lead projects that will improve their quality of life and make a difference in their communities.
Today, the latest call for proposals under the Community Participation and Leadership stream of the New Horizons for Seniors Program was launched by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).
Under the Program's Community Participation and Leadership stream, non-profit organizations can apply for up to $25,000 per project.
"The Government of Canada remains committed to the well-being of Canadian seniors," said Minister Finley. "Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are supporting local organizations and creating new opportunities for seniors to contribute their leadership, energy, wisdom and skills to their communities."
"We recognize that Canada has a growing and diverse seniors' population," added Minister of State Ablonczy. "That is why we are steadfast in our commitment to provide funding to programs that aim to improve the lives of seniors. Projects like these encourage our ageing population to take an active role in their communities, while also providing them with opportunities to build stronger connections with people of all generations."
The deadline for applications for all of Canada except Quebec is April 16, 2010. In Quebec, the Government of Canada intends to launch a call for proposals for both the Community Participation and Leadership and Capital Assistance funding streams in spring 2010. To find out more about this upcoming call, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 5,500 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, and has the capacity to provide up to $28.1 million in funding each year.
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government continues to protect Canadians, including seniors, in difficult times by implementing several key measures:
For more information on the Government of Canada's actions to support seniors, please visit www.seniors.gc.ca.
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New Horizons for Seniors Program
Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.
Building on the success of the NHSP, in Budget 2007, the Government of Canada increased the Program's budget by $10 million, therefore increasing the total annual budget to $35 million per year (of which $28.1 million is available for project funding).
The Program offers three types of funding to organizations: