Vernon Seniors Action Network could get grant for seniors programs

Gov't funding for seniors

City of Vernon staff are urging civic leaders to apply for provincial funding for seniors.

On May 16, the province announced the new round of funding, called the Age-Friendly BC Program, to be administered by the BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC).

The application deadline is July 5, and the program offers grants for up to $25,000 for age-friendly community assessments and action plans.

Council will receive a report at their regular meeting Monday stating the grant application requires a council resolution supporting the initiative and confirming the city's willingness to provide overall grant management.

The Vernon Seniors Action Network (VSAN) has been active in promoting public health and an accessible and liveable community to support a high-quality of life for seniors in Vernon.

VSAN has an Age and Dementia Friendly Committee dedicated to working with the city to develop an Age Friendly Community Plan.

The committee has been waiting for the province to announce a new round of funding for this work. Administration has been working with VSAN on the application and, should the grant application be successful, proposes to provide overall grant management on behalf of VSAN. With this funding, VSAN would hire a consultant with special expertise in municipal planning, aging and social inclusion to conduct the assessment and facilitate the action planning process.

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