Funding: Community-Based Projects for Seniors

Funding: Community-Based Projects for Seniors

Jun 23rd, 2015 related to Age-friendly Communities Recognition Award

Organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities are eligible to receive federal grants and contributions funding. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following five program objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
Find more information about The New Horizons for Seniors Program here.

 

The New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

From encouraging seniors to volunteer, to improving seniors’ facilities, increasing seniors participation in their communities and increasing the awareness of elder abuse, the New Horizons for Seniors Program works to better the lives of all Canadians.

Since its creation in 2004, the Program has helped seniors lead and participate in activities across the country.

Examples include seniors:

  • developing urban gardens in communities throughout the province;
  • sharing the gift of music with youth and their peers;
  • learning archery;
  • educating peers about elder abuse;
  • helping to preserve their native language;
  • telling stories from the past to school children;
  • creating a cookbook of traditional Asian dishes; and
  • speaking to groups of new retirees and those close to retirement about their positive experiences with volunteerism.

Want more ideas? Read success stories of past projects.

Federal Funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program

The Program supports the social participation and inclusion of seniors through five objectives:

  1. promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  2. engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  3. expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  4. supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  5. providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Calls for proposals are aligned with these objectives, and projects need to meet one or more of these objectives.

Community-based projects may be funded up to $25,000 per year, per organization. Pan-Canadian projects that help to reduce social isolation among seniors may be funded between $150,000 and $750,000, for up to a maximum of three years.

Who can apply for funding?

Eligible recipients include:

  • not-for-profit organizations, community-based coalitions, networks and committees;
  • for-profit organizations, provided that the nature and intent of the activity are non-commercial, do not generate profit and fit within the program objectives;
  • municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, as well as public health and social services institutions; and
  • research and educational institutions, including school boards, school districts, universities, colleges and CEGEPs.

 

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