Prepare to apply

Before you start your application, gather your supporting documents, and get familiar with the information you will be asked to provide.

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Prepare your documents

You must include the following with your application for it to be considered complete:

What happens if a supporting document is missing from your application

If your application is incomplete, we will send you an email. You will have 5 business days to submit the missing information. If your application is not complete and the mandatory documents are not submitted by that time, we will reject it as ineligible.

How to answer the application questions

The purpose of this section is to help you fill in the application. It describes the specific information you need for each question on the form.

In this section

Section A

Important information appears in Section A of the application and is for your information and understanding. It contains information about the Attestation, the information you provide in the application, and the access to information. Read this information carefully.

The following information on successful projects is posted on Open Government

Part 1 – Organization

A - Organization identification (Questions 1 to 19 of the application form)

Part 2 – Project

A - Project identification (Questions 20 to 23 of the application form)
B - Project description (Questions 24 to 29 of the application form)

The Department uses the information you provide in this section as part of the assessment in determining whether your proposed project is eligible for funding.

Part 3 – Budget (Questions 30 to 32 of the application form)

Applicants must provide an estimate of the project’s costs. We use the information to assess the overall cost of the proposed project. We are looking to understand the expenditure(s) to be covered by all anticipated sources of funding.

For the applications submitted through the online application or through Grants and Contribution Online Services (GCOS), and if you are applying for funds for a capital asset or renovation(s):

Part 4 – Program-specific questions and checklists (Questions 33 to 37 of the application form)

Part 5 – Attestation

This question is mandatory. In order for your application to be eligible, you, as an official representative who has the capacity and the authority to submit proposals on behalf of your organization, must:

In order to do this, the official representative must provide their name, title, and the date.

As this is an attestation, no signature is required.

Part 6 – Sample community support letter

Community support is an important element of a New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding application for the $25,000 grant process. When organizations apply for funding, they are required to provide at least 1 letter or document from another organization or group showing community support for their project. A compelling letter of community support from a respected organization or community leader can make the difference in an application’s funding recommendation. There are no additional points given if more than 1 letter of support is provided.

Because of the importance of a letter of support, a letter is required for all grant applications. Applications missing a support letter are considered incomplete and screened-out as ineligible.

The guidelines and template below may help with this activity.

Letters of community support must be recent and clearly dated (no earlier than July 1, 2023) and must include:

Letters must clearly endorse the project and clearly demonstrate the following:

The project endorsement within a letter of support will be assessed by the Department. The letter will be evaluated against the NHSP program objectives and the National Priorities of the Call for Proposals (CFP).

In addition:

Letter template

[Date] (no earlier than July 1, 2023)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)
Regional office address
[City, Province Postal Code]

Subject: Support Letter “[Project Title]”

Dear Madam, Sir

I am writing to you on behalf of (organization offering the support) in support of an application submitted by [applicant organization name] in [insert location], for funding through Community-based stream of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

[Provide a brief description of the supporting organization]

The outlined project will [Provide a brief description of the project and the impacts it has on seniors in your community].

[Provide a brief description on how the project will advance the established National Priorities (supporting healthy ageing, preventing senior abuse, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion, supporting financial security).]

I support this project as it will support local and community needs such as [provide at least 1 example]. Overall, the project will benefit our community by [provide a short sentence or 2]

For the reasons noted above, I am excited to support your funding request.

Yours sincerely,
[Name of Organization]

[Email Address]

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