Children, Seniors and Social Development
February 26, 2019

Provincial Government Accepting Applications for Newfoundland and Labrador Community Transportation Grant Program

The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, announced today that applications are now being accepted for the new Newfoundland and Labrador Community Transportation Program.

With an annual investment of $300,000 from the Provincial Government, the grant program will provide incorporated municipalities and not-for-profit groups, Indigenous governments and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador the opportunity to obtain support to develop, implement and evaluate a community-based transportation program that is inclusive and accessible.

Eligible proponents will be able to apply for up to $100,000 for projects that demonstrate clear evidence of volunteer involvement, collaboration, and sustainability.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 19, 2019. More information on the Newfoundland and Labrador Community Transportation Program can be found online at www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/grants/

The purpose of the new program is to make funding available for a wider range of community transportation needs, following the recent evaluation of the Age-Friendly Transportation Pilot.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Community Transportation Program builds on commitments of The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“There are many barriers to transportation, including age, disability, geography, and income. These barriers can significantly hinder the independence of people who are non-drivers and can lead to social isolation. The Newfoundland and Labrador Community Transportation Program invites communities and community groups to come together to find solutions to these challenges, helping to make our province more inclusive and accessible for everyone.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

“Access to transportation is very important to seniors. For many it is their only link to their communities as well as a means to remain independent. Community-based transportation can make a huge difference in a senior’s life. As we age and are not able to do the things that we could once do supports such as this can mean the difference in living a fulfilled life or a life of isolation.”
Linda Oldford
Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors

“Access to transportation is a critical support for persons with disabilities and an integral link to their communities as they pursue their social, educational and employment goals. The value of the anticipated community based transportation programs is they will need to be built on partnerships, including with the target populations, and have a focus on strategic planning with a view to sustainability into the future.”
Marie Ryan
Provincial Advisory Council for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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

Linda Oldford
Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors
709-256-7642
la.oldford@hotmail.com

Marie Ryan
Provincial Advisory Council on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
709-725-0701
mryan@ggi.nf.ca

2019 02 26                              2:15 p.m.