Children, Seniors and Social Development
April 26, 2018

Minister Dempster Announces Funding for Age-Friendly Grants Program

The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, announced today that 12 municipalities have been awarded Age-Friendly Community Grants totalling $90,000.

The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador (AFNL) Community Grants Program offers funding to incorporated municipalities, Indigenous governments and communities throughout the province to support them in planning for an aging population.

A full list of the projects and the funding they will receive can be found in the backgrounder below.

An age-friendly community is one where the physical and social environments enable individuals to live in a secure setting, enjoy health and continue to participate fully in society, regardless of age.

Budget 2018 supports the continued development of age-friendly communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. This includes healthy living assessments that will provide seniors and their families with information to improve their overall health and quality of life and $300,000 for the Age-Friendly Transportation Project to support community-based transportation initiatives.

Budget 2018 also provides $56 million for the Seniors’ Benefit which benefits approximately 47,000 seniors and their families in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Quotes
“I commend these communities for taking the initiative to become more age-friendly so that all individuals can be active and involved in their community, regardless of age. This funding is part of our government’s commitment to increasing healthy, active living and supporting programs that encourage seniors to remain active and contribute to their communities.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

“The Provincial Government’s support for these projects will help provide programs and services that enrich the lives of seniors. SeniorsNL commends these municipalities for seeking this support, which demonstrates their commitment to being age-friendly communities.”
Kelly Heisz
Executive Director, SeniorsNL

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Learn more
Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Community Grants Program - www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/grants/age_friendly.html

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Media contact
Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977
ginamacarthur@gov.nl.ca

Kelly Heisz
SeniorsNL
709-737-2333
info@seniorsnl.ca

 

BACKGROUNDER
2017-18 Age-Friendly Community Program
Summary of Applications

 

Applicant

Proposal

Grant

Branch

Materials for a sewing program

$7,000

Cormack

Salary for community program coordinator

$7,800

Gambo

Community assessment

$8,500

Grand Falls-Windsor

Meals on Wheels project

$8,700

Isle aux Morts

Recreation and sports programs

$7,500

Middle Arm

Crafts and outings

$4,500

New-Wes-Valley

Age-friendly summit and community assessment

$8,500

Paradise

Community assessment

$7,500

Placentia

Contribution to the annual age-friendly fair

$8,500

Point Lance

Establish a sewing/exercise club

$4,500

St. Lawrence

Expansion of walkway

$8,500

Summerford

Community assessment

$8,500

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

$90,000

 

2018 04 26                                                    10:20 a.m.