The Age-Friendly Community Grant is open for applications. The grant supports projects that improve safety, community planning, transportation and other issues that make communities better places for Nova Scotians as they age.
“Older adults have a lot to offer to the social, cultural and economic life of their communities,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “Community groups know this, and they’ve got great ideas to improve life for older Nova Scotians. We want to help make those ideas a reality.”
The grant is open to non-profit and community organizations, municipal governments, associations and universities. Successful applicants can include partnerships or collaborative projects and will receive a grant up to a maximum of $20,000.
Past recipient, the Kings Transit Authority, used its Age-Friendly Community Grant to help increase the use of public transit among older adults in rural areas by co-ordinating activities and group outings.
“We’re motivating older adults in the Annapolis Valley, Hants Border and Weymouth areas to ride the bus to appointments, shopping excursions, volunteer events and to take part in community activities,” said Marnie Parker, education co-ordinator, Kings Transit Authority. “It’s important for our clients to stay active, community-minded and to support businesses and organizations in the valley. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback and we are pleased to be a part of this worthwhile initiative.”
The deadline is Dec. 12. Application forms are available at http://novascotia.ca/seniors/ or by calling, toll-free, 1-844-277-0770, or in Halifax Regional Municipality, 902-424-0770.