23 June 2021 10:00
Application period opens for grants intended for promoting active ageing in Bizkaia
Bizkaia Provincial Council has opened the period to apply for the grants that the provincial Institution awards to maintain and carry out programmes by senior citizen's associations in the territory. The budget allocation in 2021 for these grants amounts to 456,000 euros. The application deadline is next 16 July.
Applications may be submitted online or at the registration offices. In order to help with the online submittal of applications, the Department of Social Action has set up a technical team of 5 professionals who will provide assistance. In this respect, telephone support has been reinforced, and two remote meetings have been organised where the technicians from the Grants Service have explained to those interested how to process the application. The Provincial Council has been in touch with all the registered senior citizen’s associations and has provided them with all the information. The procedure can be consulted on the Provincial Council’s website and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up to answer any possible queries.
In the event of appearing in person at the registration offices to hand in the documentation, it is essential to arrange a prior appointment by calling 94 406 60 00.
Last year, around 180 associations received grants to promote the fulfiment of more than a thousand activities or programmes related to senior citizens. These are initiatives aimed at promoting active ageing and remaining in familiar surroundings that make it possible to achieve the goal of facilitating and promoting interpersonal relationships among those who form the social base of the associations, thus preventing isolation and loneliness, while at the same time offering active leisure activities that promote health, provide dignity and predispose to active ageing, particularly through social, active and solidary participation.
All this is carried out through occupational, cultural, recreational, sports and health-promotion programmes. Likewise, there are grants for social programmes and those for the promotion of social participation, fostering equal opportunities and intergenerational programmes.
In Bizkaia, more than 60,000 senior citizens are members of these types of entities, forming a singular associative network in Europe.