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

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

Learn more about other funding opportunities

Objective

Program objectives

Projects for regular grants (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 programs for seniors

If your proposed project is requesting capital assistance, you must choose 2 program objectives.

National priorities

Projects for regular grants (up to $25,000) do not have to meet 1 of the following National Priorities. However, if your project do meet 1 of the National Priorities, it will receive extra points in the assessment process.

Priority 1: Supporting healthy ageing

Including:

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

Priority 2: Preventing senior abuse

Including:

  • helping seniors navigate access to government benefits and providing support to file their taxes
  • supporting financial empowerment of seniors, and
  • measures to reduce crimes and harm against seniors

Priority 3: Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion

Including:

  • promoting intergenerational mentoring and engagement, and
  • serving members of the following vulnerable groups:
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • persons with disabilities
    • members of racialized and newcomer groups
    • members of LGBTQ2+ communities, and
    • low-income seniors and veterans

Priority 4: Helping seniors to age in place

Including:

  • providing practical supports to seniors to help remain in their homes longer

For example, providing access to services, tools and resources to help seniors remain in their homes longer.

Eligibility

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.

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

Organizations can only submit 1 application.

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

Projects for regular grants (up to $25,000) do not have to meet 1 of the national priorities. However, if your project do meet one of the National Priorities, it will receive extra points in the assessment process.

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 implementation of the New Horizons for Seniors (NHSP) Program. We discussed this application process with Quebec’s Secrétariat aux aînés. The process is consistent with the Protocol.

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 applicable, demonstrate how your project meets at least 1 of the national priorities
  • Demonstrate how your project activities reflect the new COVID reality

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 which demonstrates your 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
  • Indicate the expected results of your project. They must be clearly defined and realistic

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

If the organization has not received funding from New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) in the last 5 financial fiscal years.

Priorities of funding allocations

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
    • seniors with disabilities
    • members of racialized and newcomer groups
    • members of LGBTQ2+ communities
    • low income seniors, and
    • veterans
  • specifically target (or reach out) to seniors in rural and remote areas: 10% of overall funding allocations

Steps to apply

You have until December 21, 2021 at 3 pm Eastern time to apply.

Gather your supporting documents and information

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 Canada Revenue Agency business number obtained from CRA in the last 2 years (copy must be provided with your application), or
    • a Registraire des Entreprises Québec (REQ) number obtained from the REQ, or
    • other Provincial, Territorial, Federal corporation number (copy of patent letter must be provided with your application)
  • Budget Detail Template (BDT)
    • For the applications submitted through the online application  only, please ensure to use the Budget Detail Template (BDT) (PDF Format, 124 KB). It must be sent as part of the application. Once the application is submitted, on the confirmation page, you will be prompted to submit the BDT via email or mail within 2 days to the Department. Contact information is provided on the confirmation page. To ensure rapid processing of your application, please include the following information when submitting your BDT to us:
      1. the name of your organization
      2. the title of your proposed project
      3. the confirmation number provided on the confirmation page
    • For applications submitted through the GCOS portal, upload the BDT with your application
  • a quote from a contractor for each activity will be required if you are proposing renovations or a repair project
  • a letter of community support

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

How to apply

Online applications or Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) is the default method to use must be used to apply for funding. Should you need assistance please refer to the Online Form Help section below. If you are unable to apply online please contact your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program Office for an application form.

Apply online Closed

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your application. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  2. Complete the Budget detail template (PDF Format, 124 KB)
  3. Complete your application online
Online form help
  • After 20 minutes of inactivity on a page, the system will notify you with a pop-up window
  • If you do not press OK within the expected delay time, the page will time-out and any information entered during this session will be lost
  • The questions in the online form are in the same order as the PDF application form. However, the questions are not numbered online
  • Private and public organizations must have a CRA business number to apply online
  • You can print a copy of your application before submitting your application. 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. from the Section B, click on the button “Choose file” 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 pressed Submit, you will not be able to update, replace or remove the supporting documents, please ensure that the documents attached are correct, prior to clicking Submit.

Apply by Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS)

If you already have a GCOS account:

  1. read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  2. complete the Budget detail template (PDF Format, 124 KB)
  3. apply online using GCOS
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 button “Add Supporting Document”. The options of selecting supporting documents which are already associated to your Organization (if any) or adding a new supporting document linked to this Application
  2. under the section “Application”, click on “Add”
  3. on the screen “Document Details”, enter the document title and the document type as well. Then, click on “Browse” to find your file, once your supporting document has been added click on “Save”
  4. once the Supporting document saved, repeat step 3 and 4 to add multiple documents at the same time
  5. once the documents are saved, click on “Back To Supporting Document”

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 2022.

Confirmation of receipt

Online

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.

  • For the applications submitted through the online application only, please include the following information when submitting your supporting documents to us via email or mail to ensure rapid processing of your application:
    1. the name of your organization
    2. the title of your proposed project
    3. the confirmation number provided on the confirmation page
  • For the applications submitted through GCOS, you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt
Through GCOS

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.

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).

Glossary

Seniors
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
  • seniors with disabilities
  • members of racialized and newcomer groups
  • members of LGBTQ2+ communities
  • low-income seniors
  • veterans
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

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.
Honoraria

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
Impact
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

Explain how your organization serves seniors (if applicable). Ensure to include, if your organization offers accessible communication/information technology in your community.

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

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.

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
Proof of your organization’s type, legal status and governance structure: provide a document that clearly shows that your organization falls into the organization type that you have identified under question 5 of the application:
  • 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 with the CRA (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; Aboriginal 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

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