For Immediate Release
Seniors benefit from Government of Canada support for community-based projects in Belleville
April 17, 2019 Belleville, ON Employment and Social Development Canada
Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and country. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Government of Canada continues to meet the needs of seniors by supporting initiatives that help them stay active and involved in their communities.
Today, Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $24,467 for a community-based project in Belleville that will help seniors stay active and involved in their community.
Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged.
The Eastminster United Church is receiving $24,467 for their kitchen renovation project. An updated kitchen facility will mean Eastminter United Church can continue to provide vital community programs, like the Open Door Café, their weekly meal program.
“Seniors are the pillars of our communities. By supporting community-based projects like these, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong presence in communities across Canada and that they receive the recognition, respect and admiration they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors in the Bay of Quinte to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality.”
– MP Neil Ellis, Bay of Quinte
“After 21 years of operating Open Door Café, our kitchen was in need of refurbishment. Eastminster’s Open Door Café is grateful to New Horizon’s for Seniors providing grant monies to accomplish these upgrades and to MP Neil Ellis for his support of this important service to the community.”
– Rev. Dr. David McMaster, Eastminster United Church
- Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2018, and closed on June 22, 2018.
- Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant 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.
- A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.
- Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
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