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MP Marc Serré presents Senior's Craft Shop with a grant for $25,000

Rayside Balfour community initiative finds support through the New Horizons for Seniors Program

On May 23, Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré presented the Senior's Craft Shop of Chelmsford with a grant for $25,000, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassie, Minister of Seniors. 

Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which supports projects designed by and for seniors, that encourage active living and community involvement. 

With this grant, the Senior's Craft Shop will be able to replace the ventilation and dust collecting system in their woodworking shop, providing a clean and safe environment for seniors to work. 

“Seniors benefit so much from activities like woodworking," said Serré in a press release. "It’s a chance to use their skills, connect and share in an engaging way."

"I commend the Senior's Craft Shop for upgrading their facilities with funding from the New Horizons for Seniors program to assure that seniors can keep doing the things that bring them joy and help their wellbeing.” 

Every year, community-based projects are invited to apply for NHSP for the chance to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding. This year, organizations that had not received funding within the last five years were also eligible to receive up to $5,000 in new small grants funding.

NHSP approved approximately $35 million in funding this year, said a press release by Serre

For a community-based project to be eligible for NHSP funding it must 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.

Organizations interested in applying for the 2019-2020 funding period must submit an application here before June 21.