Age-friendly funding deadline looms

The CRD board received information at its Oct. 28 meeting about the seniors' Housing and Support Initiative’s new funding program

Al Richmond

Al Richmond

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) board received information at its Oct. 28 meeting about the seniors’ Housing and Support Initiative’s new funding program.

Age-Friendly Community Planning and Projects funding applications will be accepted until Dec. 2 for the 2012 program.

Available grants of up to $20,000 can support community planning and project initiatives that focus on age-friendly communities and the ability of seniors to age in place.

CRD chair Al Richmond says this may benefit municipalities, such as 100 Mile House, more than the regional district.

“We don’t do any or have any senior’s housing in the CRD; most of them are in the towns closer to the amenities.”

The regional district may receive some requests for support from local groups who do planning for seniors, if they put in a grant application, he notes.

“It’s for planning, so there are a number of folks that do that. The [Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre] may apply for some of that funding; they could put a project together.”

He notes the time remaining before the deadline is quite tight to put together a grant application, with just five weeks left following the presentation.