EAST HANTS/FALL RIVER: Organizations interested in creating more age-friendly and inclusive communities in Nova Scotia can now apply for project funding.

Seniors Minister Leo Glavine opened the first-round call for applications for the 2020-21 Age-Friendly Communities Grant program today, Aug. 21.

“The Age-Friendly Communities Grant program supports projects that improve the health and well-being of older Nova Scotians by helping them stay active, healthy and engaged in their communities,” he said. “This year groups may need to think differently because of COVID-19.

“While we expect to see a range of great ideas, we hope to see projects that help address some of the challenges that have faced many older adults through the pandemic, such as social isolation.”

Partnerships with a local government and between two or more organizations are encouraged, to help reach more people and impact more lives.

For example, last year the Live Well Community Church was able to offer affordable food boxes to low-income residents of Digby Neck and Islands through their Connect Care initiative, and the Shelburne County Mental Health and Wellness Association set up a toll-free telephone line to serve vulnerable populations dealing with loneliness or isolation.

Applications are open until Feb. 1, 2021. Applications received by Sept. 14 will be reviewed and approved by the end of October. Businesses and individuals are not eligible. For more information and to apply, visit http://novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant .

Quick Facts:
— provincewide projects can receive up to $25,000 and smaller-scale community projects can receive up to $10,000
— 30 projects were awarded in 2019-20 for a total of $390,000 in funding

Additional Resources:
— lists of previous grant projects are available at https://novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant/recipients.asp