CLEARWATER – District of Clearwater has been awarded a $20,000 age-friendly community planning and project grant to help support local strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.
In Clearwater, the funding will be used by the municipality to develop a Seniors’ Health and Safety Toolbox. The toolbox will provide seniors with important information about services and resources available in the community related to personal health and safety.
“This grant will ensure that seniors have the information they need regarding the wide range of services available to them in Clearwater in one convenient package,” said Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “It is important for seniors, especially in rural areas, take advantage of programs to live independent, safe and healthy lives in their community.”
The age-friendly community planning and project grant program is a partnership between the provincial government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).
For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports
Accessibility 2024 is government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities.
Including this announcement, over 135 local governments throughout B.C. have received at least one grant, and over 225 projects have been funded.