Grant Program Continues To Create More Opportunities for Older Nova Scotians
NOTE: A list of the 2018-19 grant recipients is at the end of the release.
Organizations who help older Nova Scotians lead healthy and active lives and stay involved in their communities can now apply for financial support under the 2019-20 Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program.
The program provides funding of up to $25,000 for organizations to develop age-friendly communities – communities where policies, services and structures help older adults live safely, enjoy good health and stay active and involved. The first deadline for applications is Oct. 4.
“Our population of older Nova Scotians is growing and we can support their health and well-being in meaningful ways,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “The projects funded through this grant program and the partnerships between government and community organizations, continue to positively impact older Nova Scotians and enable them to stay connected to their communities.”
In 2018-19, 35 projects received grants totalling $411,924. Two of the 2018-19 recipients were the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Hants County 55 and Over Club.
The chamber received $24,916 to create a pilot program that will address the development of dementia-friendly business education.
“One of our strategic pillars is diversity and inclusion, and accessibility is a huge part of that,” said Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. “This funding and our partnership with Person Centred Universe, will help us create inclusive and supportive communities for all.”
The Hants County 55 and Over Club received $7,000 to provide outreach, events and activities for isolated and older adults in Hants County.
“A lack of supportive networks account for an increase in mental and physical health issues. And we want to change that,” said Anne Snow, president of the club. “Social connections are extremely important to combat isolation and with the help of this grant program we have been able to create the foundation of a project that will benefit older Nova Scotians in Windsor.”
Other projects funded last year included:
- improving knowledge of travel connections in Kings County and rural Nova Scotia
- valuing the legacy of older 2SLGBTQIA Nova Scotians in a public, digital archive
- assisting older entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses
For a full list of 2018-19 grant recipients and this year’s application forms visit http://www.novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant. Forms are also available by calling 902-424-0770 or toll-free 1-844-277-0770.
The grant program is one of more than 50 actions identified in SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for An Aging Population. The plan is available at, www.novascotia.ca/shift .
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Organizations who help older Nova Scotians lead healthy and active lives and stay involved in their communities can now apply for financial support under the Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program.
Minister of Seniors Leo Glavine says when organizations can collaborate with government they can continue to positively impact older Nova Scotians and enable them to stay connected to their communities.
The grant program provides funding of up to 25-thousand dollars.
The next application deadline is October 4th. For more details and how to apply visit the Nova Scotia website for age friendly grants.
The following is a list of the 2018-19 grant recipients:
- Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, Halifax, $25,000
- Atlantic Hall @ Hawk Society, Cape Sable Island, Municipality of the District of Barrington, $500
- Canadian Association for Community Living - Clare Branch, Clare, Digby Co. $1,725
- Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and Development (CEED), Halifax, $23,938
- Chebucto Links, Halifax, $11,000
- Dalhousie University - College of Continuing Education, Halifax, $25,000
- Dartmouth Family Centre, Dartmouth, $10,000
- Directions Council of Nova Scotia, Halifax, $25,000
- Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre, L'Ardoise, Richmond Co., two projects, $10,000 and $18,962
- Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Halifax, $24,916
- Hants County 55+ and Over Club, Windsor, $7,000
- How We Thrive, Halifax, $13,500
- King’s Transit Authority, Kings and Annapolis counties, $15,600
- Inverness Women's Club, Inverness Co., $2,100
- LGBT Seniors Archive, Halifax, $22,030
- Locke's Island Players Society, Lockeport, Shelburne Co., $9,850
- Main-a-Dieu Community Development Association, Main-a-Dieu, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, $8,810
- The Municipality of the County of Richmond, $6,000
- The Municipality of the County of Inverness, $10,000
- Musquodoboit Valley Family Resource Centre, Upper and Middle Musquodoboit, Halifax Regional Municipality, $3,840
- Middleton United Church, Middleton, Annapolis Co.- $8,992
- Mi’kmaq Friendship Centre, Halifax, $10,000
- Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care, Halifax, $25,000
- Ocean View Serving Seniors Society, Halifax, $10,000
- Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation, Antigonish Co., $10,000
- Planifax Production Co-op, Halifax, $9,603
- Queens Care Society, Liverpool, $10,000
- Red Bear Healing Home Society, Middleton, Annapolis Co., $7,352
- Regroupement des aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Halifax, $11,000
- Sable River Community Hall, Sable River, Shelburne Co., $1,506
- Seaside Recreation and Community Centre, Beach Meadows, Queens Co., $9,700
- Societe Mi-Careme, Cheticamp, Belle-Cote, St-Joseph-du-Moine and Grand-Etang, Inverness Co., $4,000
- St Ann’s Bay Development Association, Victoria Co., $10,000
- Town of Stewiacke, Colchester County, $10,000