FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YORKTON, SK - Cathay Wagantall, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, would like to advise communities that the 2022-23 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) call for proposals for funding has opened with a deadline of Nov. 1, 2022.
“Applications for funding for community-based projects that will improve the quality of life for our seniors are now being accepted,” said Wagantall. “Last year, more than 4,200 applications were received from across Canada and more than 3,000 projects funded, including 16 projects in Yorkton-Melville which collectively were approved for $306,000 in federal funding.”
NHSP is a federal grants and contributions program that funds projects intended to empower seniors in their communities and contribute to improving seniors’ health and well-being. Essentially, seniors lead and inspire projects to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.
The objectives of the NHSP are to:
- promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
- engage seniors in the community in mentoring through the mentoring of others;
- expand awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
- support the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
- provide capital assistance for new and existing community projects and programs for seniors.
“The 2021-22 projects approved in Yorkton-Melville included several with facility upgrades to flooring, washrooms and kitchens, sidewalk replacements, funding for a Music and Movement program, and funding for a program where seniors were engaged in creating museum displays,” said Wagantall. “I’m pleased to say that paper applications will be accepted from communities with limited or no internet access, as this was a handicap for a few organizations last year.”
For details on how to apply, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-horizons-seniors.html. Here, senior-serving organizations can access support in preparing their application and managing their agreement. Additional information can also be provided through MP Wagantall’s constituency office at 306-782-3309.