HALIFAX: More older Nova Scotians will benefit from a provincial grant program that funds organizations and their work to develop age-friendly communities.

Minister of Seniors Leo Glavine announced 16 recipients of the Age Friendly Community Grant program on January 17, at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

The grant recipients include: the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre in L’Ardoise, $18,962; the Inverness Women’s Club, $2,100; the Municipality of the County of Richmond, $6,000; the Municipality of the County of Inverness, $10,000; and Paqtnek Mi’kmaq Nation, Antigonish County, $10,000.

The grant program provides funding of up to $25,000 for projects that fall into one of two categories – age-friendly community planning and community projects. The 16 projects announced amount to an investment of about $160,000.

“While each of these projects is unique, they share a common focus to ensure older Nova Scotians – in all their diversity – can stay connected to their communities,” said Glavine. “Together, we must value older adults and their contributions to our province.

“Thank you to the organizations across the province that are making a difference and celebrating all Nova Scotians and their contributions. Nova Scotia is a stronger province when everyone is given the chance to participate.”

Some of the projects include: exploring innovative and supportive housing options; programs that address healthy, active living and social isolation; mentoring programs linking retirees with young adults and those that encourage inter-generational relationships; and professional development and training to help organizations plan and support older adults living in their communities.

The next application deadline is February 1. Information and application forms are available at: www.novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant or by calling 902-424-0770 or toll-free 1-844-277-0770.

The grant program is one of more than 50 actions identified in SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for An Aging Population. The plan is available at: www.novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant.