Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré announced an investment of $4,650 in federal dollars on March 25 for a community-based project in Wanup that will help seniors stay active and involved in their community.
Wanup Quilters is receiving the funds for their new embroidery machine and a serger machine. The main benefit for the embroidery machines is to allow seniors that have lost the ability to hand embroidery to continue the art of embroidery.
"Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and country. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada continues to meet the needs of seniors by supporting initiatives that help them stay active and involved in their communities," said a news release from Serré
Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged.
“There are so many positive benefits that seniors experience from activities like quilting and embroidering. Along with producing beautiful products seniors feel included and can share their knowledge and skills — something so crucial for their wellbeing," said Serré. "Keeping our aging population active and engaged will assure they have the best quality of life and can combat social isolation.”
“We are so grateful for the funding received allowing us to offer an event broader range of equipment for our seniors to quilt and embroider with. We are so excited for everyone to take part,” said Rusty Cross, Co-Program Leader.
- Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2018, and closed on June 22, 2018.
- Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.
- A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.
- Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.