New Horizons for Seniors 2013-2014 Call for Proposals Launched by Government of Canada

May 24, 2013

RED DEER – Seniors in Central Alberta will soon have new opportunities to use their leadership abilities, energy and skills to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, today encouraged organizations that promote the well-being of seniors to take advantage of the 2013–2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

“Our government encourages seniors to share their diverse skills, knowledge and experience with others,” said Dreeshen. “Initiatives such as the NHSP help seniors to lead and participate in community activities that strengthen their well-being and quality of life.”

The 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects was launched on May 22, 2013. The call for proposals will close on July 5, 2013, in Alberta. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in 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.

Additionally, the Harper government is providing more than $33 million in funding for over 1,750 community projects across Canada that will lead to a variety of programs and activities for seniors. These projects were selected from the 2012-2013 call for proposals. Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Among the 2012-2013 projects were 4 projects in the Red Deer riding totaling $78,300 in funding.

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

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