Funding opportunity: Age-Friendly grants support healthy communities for seniors
Healthy communities support all stages of life. In partnership with the Union of BC Municipalities, the Province has announced $500,000 in funding to support local governments in age-friendly planning.
For the first time, the age-friendly communities grant program is launching a pilot program for Indigenous communities. Regional health authorities will work with the First Nations Health Authority to identify a total of five Indigenous communities to apply for $25,000 grants to support the development of an age-friendly community assessment or action plan.
Local governments must submit their applications for 2019 grants to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities by Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. They may apply for a grant of up to $25,000 for age-friendly assessments and action plans. Once an assessment and action plan has been developed, communities may apply for an additional grant of up to $15,000 to support age-friendly projects. Some examples of projects in demand of funding include seniors housing and transportation strategies, programs to support social connectedness and mental health, and strategies around dementia care.
Application materials are available on the UBCM website, and will be accepted until November 2. Successful applicants are eligible to apply for a range of services from BC Healthy Communities Society to support their project.