The provincial government is accepting applications from organizations interested in sponsoring projects funded under the Community Enhancement Employment Program (CEEP).
Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien said in a news release the program not only helps residents qualify for employment insurance benefits but also provides significant and important enhancements to communities.
Last year O’Brien said, 2,200 individuals participated in the 290 government-funded projects which included improvements to walking trails, municipal parks, heritage structures and tourism facilities, in addition to facilities and properties owned and operated by municipal governments and voluntary organizations.
“Providing meaningful work to individuals in rural areas continues to be the focus of our government as we undertake another year of the Community Employment Enhancement Program,” O’Brien said.
The CEEP provides funding to community-based organizations that sponsor and manage projects. Eligible sponsors include towns, Inuit community governments, regional municipalities, local service districts, community and economic development organizations and other non-profit organizations. Individuals can be employed for up to 420 hours in order to become eligible for employment insurance benefits.
O’Brien said “Community-minded organizations with ideas for projects they feel could benefit from this program are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of Municipal Affairs and learn more about this year’s opportunity.”
Further information and applications for the 2012 Community Enhancement Employment Program can be found at www.gov.nl.ca/ma/emp_support/ceep.html or may be obtained by calling the Department of Municipal Affairs at 1-866-508-5500. The deadline for applications is Sept. 14, 2012.