2015 Age-friendly Grants Announced

Twenty-eight local governments will receive a portion of $.5 million in 2015 Age-friendly funding to assist seniors and prepare their communities for an aging population.  Grants of up to $20,000 will enable planning initiatives and projects that help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

Eighteen of the successful applicants will use their grants to conduct age-friendly community assessments and develop action plans, a required step to achieve recognition as an Age-friendly community.

Twelve projects include a focus on accessibility, complementing Accessibility 2024, the provincial government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place in Canada for people with disabilities.  Other projects will address the provincial priorities of dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home support.

Forty-five applications were received and assessed on five criteria categories: goals, proposed activities, budget, previous funding, and other (partnerships, innovation, sustainability, promising practices).

Administered by UBCM with the financial support of the Ministry of Health, the Seniors’ Housing and Support Initiative has provided age-friendly grants to over 135 local governments in all areas of B.C.  More than 225 projects have been funded.

Click here to view the government news release, which includes a full list of successful applicants.

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