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Applications Open for Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 2023130 Views

April 6, 2023

The Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, is today announcing a call for applications for the 2023-24 Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program.

Through Budget 2023, the Provincial Government allocated $95,000 for the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program. Municipalities, Indigenous Governing Bodies and provincially incorporated not-for-profit organizations with an age-friendly mandate can apply for funding of up to $10,000 to conduct an age-friendly assessment or to implement aspects of an existing Age-Friendly Action Plan. Applications demonstrating a regional approach may be eligible for up to $15,000.

The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program supports the recommendations of Health Accord NL in addressing the social determinants of health by creating inclusive and age-friendly communities. Focusing community planning on age-friendliness is well recognized throughout Canada and internationally as an effective mechanism for proactive planning for demographic change.

In 2022-23, 15 communities/organizations received funding through the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program to complete an age-friendly assessment, develop an action plan and/or to implement a plan’s initiatives. The communities/organizations include:

  • Benoit First Nations
  • Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation
  • Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador
  • Flat Bay Band Inc.
  • GNP Community Place Corporation
  • Placentia Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Labrador Development Association
  • Town of Clarenville / Random Age-Friendly Communities
  • Town of Cottlesville
  • Town Council of Point Lance
  • Town of George’s Brook-Milton
  • Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Town of Isle aux Morts
  • Town of St. Lawrence
  • Town of Westport

Program guidelines and application form can be found here. You can also call toll-free 1-888-494-2266. The deadline to submit an application is May 19, 2023.

Quotes

“Communities that are age-friendly, inclusive and accessible benefit everyone across the lifespan. Our government remains committed to supporting all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to age well in the right place, ideally in their own home, within their community. I encourage eligible municipalities and organizations to submit an application, and join our collective efforts to create an age-friendly province where all residents can enjoy healthy, happy and secure lives.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

“Over the last number of years we have been fortunate enough to avail of grants through the Provincial Government’s Age-Friendly Communities Program. This program has allowed us to offer activities to seniors, such as a sewing-exercise club, and helped the town implement its vision of a healthy, active and engaging community for seniors. We appreciate the government’s support to help our community foster healthy aging and inclusion for our community’s seniors.”
His Worship Melvin Careen
Town of Point Lance

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