Apply for funding for Community-based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (up to $25,000)

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Description of the funding

The community-based stream of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grant that supports community-based projects that are designed by seniors for seniors. This program funds projects that empower seniors in their communities and contribute to improving their health and well-being.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $25,000 for projects that are led by seniors and are volunteer based.


Program objectives

Projects submitted for this grant (up to $25,000) must meet at least 1 of the following 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
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors

If your proposed project is requesting capital assistance, it must meet at least 2 program objectives.

National priorities

Projects submitted for this grant (up to $25,000) do not have to meet 1 of the following National priorities. However, if your project does meet 1 or more of the National priorities, it will receive extra points during the assessment process.

Priority 1: Supporting healthy ageing


  • addressing social isolation, including through supporting seniors’ digital literacy
  • addressing ageism
  • supporting mental health and dementia, and
  • developing and delivering virtual programming for the above

Priority 2: Preventing senior abuse


  • providing measures to reduce crimes and harm against seniors including elder abuse
  • developing educational material to prevent unscrupulous practices, financial fraud and scams from happening to seniors
  • supporting financial empowerment of seniors

Priority 3: Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion


  • promoting intergenerational mentoring and engagement
  • advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and helping to secure a better quality of life for Indigenous seniors
  • collaborating with diverse communities notably by serving members of the following vulnerable groups:
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • people with disabilities
    • members of racialized and newcomer groups
    • members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities
    • low-income seniors
    • veterans, and
    • members of official language minority communities
  • supporting seniors living in rural or remote areas

Priority 4: Helping seniors to age in place


  • providing practical supports, tools and resources to seniors to help them remain in their homes longer, and
  • helping seniors navigate and access government benefits, services and providing support to file their taxes


To apply, you must meet all the following eligibility criteria.

Eligible applicants

Your organization must be 1 of the following types:

  • non-profit organization
  • municipality
  • provincial or territorial government, institution or Crown Corporation
  • Indigenous organization including:
    • band council
    • tribal council, and
    • self-government entity
  • coalition, network or committee
  • research organization or institute
  • educational institution
  • public health and social services institution
  • for-profit organization provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial and does not generate profit

For organizations with offices in multiple locations, each individual location is eligible to apply for funding. However, they must operate independently and have a separate governing structure. Organizations that do not operate independently may only receive a maximum amount of $25,000 for all locations.

Organizations can only submit 1 application per project. Multiple projects may not exceed a total of $25,000 per organization.

The following organizations are eligible with the agreement of their provincial or territorial government:

  • post-secondary institutions
  • social service and public health institutions
  • provincially/territorially funded institutions
Note to organizations in Quebec

The Protocol of Agreement establishes the terms and conditions of cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for the implementation of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The application process was discussed with Quebec’s Secrétariat aux aînés. This process is consistent with the Protocol.

Eligible projects

Your project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be no longer than 52 weeks
  • request no more than $25,000
  • meet at least 1 program objective
  • seniors will lead or play a vital role in its planning and/or delivery
  • seek to benefit seniors and communities
  • demonstrate cost effectiveness

Steps to apply

You have until November 1, 2022 at 3pm Eastern time to apply.

If you are unable to apply online please contact your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program office to request an application form.

Gather your supporting documents and information

Make sure you have all the documents you need before you apply. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

A complete application form, which includes:

  • a document that provides proof of operations of your organization.
    • this is only required if you did not provide 1 of the following in your application:
      • a document from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) dated within the last 2 years (copy must be provided with your application), or
      • a Quebec enterprise number (NEQ), or
      • other Provincial, Territorial, Federal corporation number (copy of patent letter must be provided with your application)
  • a budget detail template (EMP5573)
  • a quote from a contractor for each activity, if you are proposing renovations or a repair project
  • a letter of community support dated no earlier than July 1st, 2022

How to apply

Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) or submissions through the online application form are the default methods to apply for funding.

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Apply using Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS)

If your organization has a CRA business number, you can login to your GCOS account.

For instructions on how to create and register for a GCOS account, please refer to the User Guide.

If you already have a GCOS account:

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question on the form
  2. Complete the budget detail template (EMP5573)
  3. Login to your GCOS account

Please follow the steps to submit supporting documents in an NHSP GCOS application

  1. From the main screen of your application, scroll down to the "Supporting Documents" section and click on the “Add Supporting Document” button. You will have the option to select supporting documents that are already associated with your organization, or to add new supporting documents
  2. Under the “Application” section, click on “Add”
  3. On the “Document Details” screen, enter the document title and the document type. Then click “Browse” to find your file. Once your supporting document has been added click on “Save”
  4. Once the Supporting document is saved, repeat steps 2 and 3 to add multiple documents at the same time
  5. Once the documents are saved, click on “Back To Supporting Document”
Apply using online form

If your organization does not have a registered CRA business number then you can apply using the online form.

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your application. This guide includes details for each question on the form
  2. Complete the budget detail template (EMP5573)
  3. Complete your online application
Online form help
  • After 20 minutes of inactivity on a page, a warning will appear
  • If you do not press OK within the expected delay time, the page will time-out and you will lose any information you entered during this session
  • If you need to stop at any point during the application process, you will have the option to “Save and Continue later”
  • This feature will save all the information entered on the previous pages (not the information entered on the page where you will “Save and continue Later”)
  • You will need to provide an email address and password
  • A link to your draft application will be sent to your email and will only be available for 48 hours from the time you initiate your application
    • Please note that saved applications cannot be submitted after the call for proposal has closed
  • The questions in the online form are in the same order as in the Applicant Guide. However, the questions are not numbered online
  • You can print a copy of your application before submitting it. This is the only opportunity to print your application
  • After you print a copy of your online application, click “submit” to complete your application. If you do not click “submit”, your application will not be sent to us

If you have questions, need help, or require an accommodation please contact your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program office.

Please follow the instructions below to add Supporting Documents to your NHSP online application:

  1. In Section B, click on the “Choose file” button under the required supporting document to find your file. Once your file is uploaded, click on “Open”
  2. Repeat the above instructions for each required supporting document

Important: Once you have clicked “Submit”, you will not be able to update, replace or remove the attached supporting documents. Please ensure that the correct documents are attached prior to clicking “Submit”.

If you need assistance please contact your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program Office.

Submit only one copy of your application. Submitting multiple copies will result in longer processing times for your application.

After you have applied

We will review your application and evaluate all projects against a set assessment criteria and funding recommendations will be made for final approval.

We expect to make funding decisions in March 2023.

Confirmation of receipt

Through GCOS

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.

Through online form

Once you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation number. You will also receive a confirmation of receipt by email.

This confirmation is the acknowledgement of receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation number, we have not received your application.

How we assess your application

If we deem that your application is eligible, we will assess it using the following criteria:

National priorities: 10% of overall assessment

If your project meets any of the criteria in this section, it will receive extra points in the assessment process.

Senior involvement: 10% of overall assessment

  • Demonstrate how seniors will be actively involved in the planning, development and/or implementation of your proposed project
  • Outline the participation of seniors in the project activities

Benefit to seniors: 15% of overall assessment

  • Demonstrate how seniors will benefit from the project
  • Demonstrate how your project will address the identified needs of seniors

Benefits to the community and Community Support: 15% of overall assessment

  • Describe how your project will benefit the community
  • Provide a letter of support from a third party, that clearly includes the following:
    • the date (no earlier than July 1st, 2022)
    • the support for the proposed project, and
    • the project’s benefit to the community

Cost effectiveness: 10% of overall assessment

  • Provide a brief and clear justification of how you intend to use the money
  • Demonstrate that the costs are reasonable and support the project activities

Project activities: 10% of overall assessment

  • Clearly describe activities, timelines and milestones that are specific, detailed and realistic (such as activities and timelines that can be achieved)
  • Indicate the expected results of your project and how they will be achieved. They must be clearly defined and realistic

Consideration for new or not recent recipients: 10% of overall assessment

Your organization is considered new if you have not received any NHSP funding before, or if you have received funding prior to 2017.

Priorities of funding allocations: 20% of overall assessment

Funding is distributed as equitably as possible with reach across all provinces and territories in Canada. Funding may be prioritized for projects that:

  • specifically target vulnerable seniors’ populations: 10% of overall assessment:
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • people with disabilities
    • members of racialized and newcomer groups
    • members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities
    • low income seniors
    • veterans
    • members of official language minority communities
  • specifically target (or reach out) to seniors in rural and remote areas: 10% of overall funding allocations

Contact us

If you have questions, need help or require an accommodation with this application process, contact your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program office.

Information sessions

We will hold information sessions to provide an overview of this application process. You can participate online or by teleconference.

If you are interested, send an email to your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program office. In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French).


Capital assets

Non-consumable items that will continue to exist after the funding period ends, such as:

  • equipment
  • electronics
  • furniture
  • appliances, etc.

A capital asset may be a single item or a group of items forming 1 functional unit. For example:

  • components of a public address system for seniors' events includes:
    • an amplifier ($600)
    • 2 speakers ($150 a piece)
    • microphone ($150)
    • stand and cables ($100)

This equals $1,150 since they are a collection of items that are designed to function together.

Capital assets have a purchase or lease value of more than $1,000 before taxes. Capital assets do not include construction or renovations (consult the capital expenditures below).

Capital assistance
Material and equipment that organizations are able to buy, build or repair that offers new activities or ensures the continuity of current activities.
Capital expenditures (facilities)

Costs incurred to acquire or improve capital assets. These are costs related to building renovation or repair projects, such as:

  • construction
  • alterations
  • renovations
  • repairs, and
  • leasehold improvements

They include items such as:

  • shed or a greenhouse
  • lumber
  • building materials
  • supplies
  • windows
  • labour
  • contractors
  • trades people, etc.
Confirmed funding
The amount of money or other in-kind contribution that an individual or organization guarantees for your project.

Small token payments made to express gratitude or to symbolize respect. Such payments are not used as:

  • an alternative to a service contract or agreement
  • professional fees, or
  • as a replacement for salaries or wages
The improvement or change in the community that is attributable to a project’s activities.
In-kind contributions

Non-monetary goods or services for which reimbursement will not be requested.

These contributions to the project can come from:

  • the applicant organization
  • other organizations, or
  • partners

In-kind support may include donated equipment, services or labour necessary for your project that would have to purchase otherwise.

Mandatory employment related costs (MERCs)

Payments an employer is required by law to make in respect of its employees such as:

  • Employment Insurance
  • Canada Pension Plan/Québec Pension Plan premiums
  • workers’ compensation premiums
  • vacation pay
  • Employer Health Tax
  • benefits which refer to payments an employer is required to make in respect of its employees by virtue of company policy or a collective agreement
Organization’s primary activities

The main activities of your organization or business (goods and/or services), including your:

  • mission
  • mandate, and
  • objectives

The changes, whether short-term, intermediate or long-term, that is expected to occur as the result of a project.

The changes may be to:

  • the community in general
  • to an organization, or
  • to the lives of specific members of the community (individuals or groups)

There may be more than 1 outcome directly related to a project’s objective. Outcomes define a project’s impact and success.

Direct programs or activities to generate the desired outcomes. Several activities may be undertaken to produce 1 output.
Practical supports

Services, tools and resources to help seniors to remain in their homes longer, such as:

  • grocery shopping
  • lawn care
  • snow removal
  • transportation services for appointments
  • meal delivery
Professional fees

Costs of services provided by someone who is not an employee. Professional fees often are associated with a service contract or external consultant, such as:

  • external facilitators
  • presenters
  • trainers
  • researchers

Professional fees do not include:

  • staff wages
  • mandatory employment-related costs
  • honoraria, or
  • the costs to administer the project
Project objective

The description of what the project will achieve when completed. The objective:

  • is specific and measurable, and
  • must meet time, budget, and quality constraints
Proof of Operations

A document that clearly shows your organization’s type, legal status and governance structure:

  • if your organization is incorporated, attach in your application a copy of 1 of the following:
    • letters of patent
    • articles of incorporation
    • certificate of incorporation or memorandum of association
    • your rules
    • by-laws, or
    • constitution
  • a document from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that includes your organization’s business or registration number.
    • this is a tax related document that includes your organization’s business or registration number with the CRA
  • if your organization is not incorporated, send a copy of your rules, by-laws, council resolutions or constitution. Indigenous organizations that are part of a band must include a copy of a Band Council Resolution (BCR) or any other permission required. Note that the BCR must reflect knowledge and approval of the activities in your proposal
Rural and remote communities
  • A population of less than 1,000, and
  • No, or very little access to the services of the closest municipality with a population of 1,000 or more
People that are 55 years of age or older.
Vulnerable seniors population

Individuals or groups that face the greatest socio-economic barriers. These would include those living in poverty and diverse marginalized groups who are at risk of being socially excluded. For example:

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • people with disabilities
  • members of racialized and newcomer groups
  • members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities
  • low-income seniors
  • veterans
  • members of official language minority communities (such as community members that only speak French but live in an English majority community, or vice versa)

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