Princeton receives Age-friendly BC grant

Princeton has been approved for a $20,000 grant by the age-friendly planning and project grant program.

Princeton has been approved for a $20,000 grant by the age-friendly planning and project grant program, a partnership between the government of B.C. and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).

The grants are provided by UBCM to help establish or continue a variety of projects that support healthy, active seniors.

Seniors in Princeton and throughout the province will benefit as 27 communities receive grants of up to $20,000 to help create programs or tools that address the needs of their older residents.

In a press release issued on Jan. 8, president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Mary Sjostrom stated,  “As local governments come to grips with aging populations, there is a need to rethink the range of services we provide and how they are delivered. This program is helping communities around the province to improve policies and services for seniors.”

The UBCM staff and the Ministry of Health reviewed and scored applications on a variety of factors including: goals, proposed activities, involvement of seniors and other key partners, budget, and innovation and sustainability.

The project approved for the grant funding is the Princeton Zoning bylaw review: incorporating age-friendly land use regulations.

As part of the Zoning bylaw review process, an Open House will be held at the Princeton and District Community Skills Centre (206 Vermilion Avenue) on Jan. 28, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. It is a drop in format and all residents are encourage to attend.

To learn more about Age-friendly B.C. and the Age-friendly Planning and Project grant program, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly