New Horizons for Seniors Program: Supporting Local Initiatives Across Canada

Deadline: 23 June 2017

Applications are open for New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) that helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

NHSP’s community-based projects support local initiatives across Canada. They are inspired or led by seniors, volunteer-based and supported by their communities. NHSP reinforces that seniors are valuable assets to communities. By empowering seniors and encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others, NHSP enhances seniors’ social well-being and community vitality.

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.

Objectives

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

Funding Information

The maximum funding available is $25,000, including applicable taxes per year, per organization.

Project Activities

  • seniors coming up with ways to encourage new and emerging cohorts of seniors to be more actively involved in community activities;
  • doing things in a way to more effectively attract, recruit and retain diverse cohorts of volunteers, including other generations;
  • expanding and/or adapting successful way of doing things (programs and activities) to reach new group of seniors (e.g. a specific population of seniors such as Indigenous seniors or seniors from a different geographical location ). A project could include identifying target group(s); adapting programs and activities to meet needs, and/or overcoming barriers to participation and undertaking outreach to these seniors
  • seniors sharing their knowledge, skills and experience with others;
  • promoting awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • seniors reaching out to vulnerable seniors, such as those who are socially or geographically isolated;
  • volunteering, mentoring, leadership training and skill matching for seniors;
  • seniors’ intergenerational and intercultural learning and relationship building programs and activities;
  • seniors involved in developing / sharing tools and resource materials;
  • seniors sharing best practices;
  • equipment purchase or replacement for programs and activities for seniors, and
  • renovations and repairs to facilities for programs and activities for seniors.

Eligibility Criteria

  • not-for-profit organizations;
    • Examples of not-for-profit organizations can be: charities, activity clubs, volunteer organizations, professional associations, museums, churches or church associations or in some cases sports associations.
  • coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • municipal governments;
  • research organizations and institutes;
  • educational institutions (e.g. universities, colleges, CEGEPs, school boards/school districts);
    • Provincially/territorially funded institutions are eligible with the agreement of the provincial/territorial government. This approval will be sought as part of the assessment of applicant’s application.
  • public health and social service institutions;
    • Provincially/territorially funded institutions are eligible with the agreement of the provincial/territorial government. This approval will be sought as part of the assessment of applicant’s application.
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • for-profit enterprises.
    • For-profit enterprises may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the proposed activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program objectives.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: Canada

For more information, please visit NHSP.

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