Funding for community-based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (up to $25,000): Applicant guide

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Part 1 - Organization

A - Organization identification

Question 1 - Legal name

Provide the legal name of your organization. This is usually:

  • The name associated with your registration with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), or
  • The name that would appear on funding cheques

Question 2 - Operating (common) name (if different from legal name)

Provide the operating (or common) name of your organization if it is different from the legal name.

Question 3 - Year established

Indicate the year your organization was established.

Question 4 - Organization type

Your answer of this question must be one of the following:

  • non-profit organization
  • private sector
  • public sector

For-profit organizations are eligible for funding if the nature and intent of projects activities is non-commercial and not intended to generate profit.

Note: Provincially/territorially funded institutions are eligible with the agreement of the provincial/territorial government.

Question 5 - Organization category

Select the most appropriate category from the following:

Not-for-profit sector
  • Local community, charitable, or voluntary
  • Provincial non-governmental organizations
  • National non-governmental organizations
  • Not-for-profit band councils
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) with a focus on encouraging employment
  • Unions
  • Associations of workers and/or of employers
  • Indigenous not-for-profit groups
  • Sector councils
Private sector
  • Businesses, bodies incorporated or unincorporated
  • Banks
  • Private universities or colleges
  • Indian band corporations (profit basis)
  • Private band councils
Public sector
  • Public degree school boards / school districts
  • Municipal public health
  • Municipal governments and agencies
  • Provincial governments and agencies
  • Territorial governments
  • Public community colleges and vocational schools
  • Public degree-granting universities
  • Public degree-granting colleges

Note:

  • Post-secondary institutions, as well as social service and public health institutions, are eligible with the agreement of the provincial or territorial government.
  • For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of project activities is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program objectives.

Question 6 – CRA Business number

Unique 15-digit number that is assigned to your business or legal entity by CRA.

If you do not have a business number, provide one of the following:

  • your provincial/territorial corporation number (in other words the number found on your Letters Patent)
  • your federal corporation number with Industry Canada
  • a document confirming the proof of operations for your organization

Question 7 – Organization primary address

Indicate the primary address of your organization.

Question 8 - Mailing address (is it the same as the organization primary address?)

Indicate yes or no. If no, indicate the mailing address of your organization.

Question 9 - Organization’s primary activities

Describe the main activities of your organization.

Ensure to select the target group(s) that best aligns with your organization’s mandate/purpose (more than one can be selected).

  • Seniors
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Newcomers
  • Visible Minorities
  • LGBTQ2
  • People with disabilities
  • Low income
  • Remote/rural
  • Official language minority communities
  • Indigenous peoples:
    • First Nations
    • Inuit
    • Metis
    • urban/non affiliated
  • Other: specify

B- Organization contacts

Provide a primary contact person with respect to this application for funding.

Question 10 to 13 – Primary contact information

Complete required information for primary contact.

C- Secondary contact

Questions 14 to 16

Complete required information for the secondary contact.

Question 17 – Secondary contact – Address

Select the correct address; if different please provide an alternative address.

Questions 18 to 19 - Does your organization owe any amounts to the Government of Canada

If ‘Yes’, please complete the fields for each amount owing.

For example:

Amount owing Nature of amount owing Department or agency to which money is owed
$10,000 Overpayment Employment and Social Development Canada

Answering "Yes" will not make your application ineligible. However, you must provide details as to the type of debt owed and the arrangements that have been made for repayment.

Part 2 – Project proposal

A. Project proposal identification

Question 20 - Project title

Provide a brief, descriptive project title.

Questions 21 and 22 - Planned project start date and planned project end date

Indicate the planned start and end dates of your project. Projects must not exceed one year (12 months). We anticipate the projects could start as early as winter 2020.

Question 23 – Amount requested from Employment and Social Development Canada

Provide the amount your organization is requesting towards the proposed project. The amount requested from Employment and Social Development Canada cannot exceed $25,000, including applicable taxes.

B- Project proposal description

Question 24 – Project summary

In 500 words or less, include a description of:

  • the need for the proposed project and how the project addresses that need
  • the project objective needs to be clear, achievable, and described in terms of measurable goals that will be obtained through this project
  • how seniors will lead the project or play a vital role in its planning or delivery
  • how seniors will benefit from the project through volunteering and participation opportunities, such as leadership roles
  • how the project will have a positive impact on the overall community
  • if the project targets a specific segment of vulnerable seniors

Question 25 – Program objectives and national priorities

In 250 words or less, you must describe how your project meets at least one of the program objectives, and you should describe if your project meets one (1) or more national priorities.
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

National priorities:

  • preventing elder abuse and fraud, including measures to reduce crimes and harm against seniors
  • supporting healthy aging in community, addressing dementia, including supports and intergenerational housing
  • counteracting ageism in the workplace to promote labour market retention of seniors

Note: Projects for which capital assistance is being requested are eligible as long as it will support new or existing community programs and activities for seniors. Therefore, in addition to having capital assistance as an objective, the project must also meet one of the first 4 program objectives. In this case, it is mandatory that you indicate that how your project will work towards one of the first 4 program objectives listed.

Question 26 - Project activities and timelines

Describe the activities in that will be taking place, such as steps to complete your project, timeframes, people involved, Etc. Project activities are the steps that will be taken to implement your project. Activities should be specific, measurable, realistic and relevant to the project objectives.

Seniors must be actively involved in the project’s development and/or implementation in a meaningful way. Applicants must identify the role of seniors. It is not enough that an organization proposes to carry out an activity and then recruits seniors to take part in it. Consulting with seniors to develop a project of benefit to them is also not sufficient.

Eligible activities:

  • 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, including new Canadians, Indigenous seniors, or LGBTQ2
  • volunteering, mentoring, leadership training and skill matching for seniors
  • seniors involved in developing/sharing tools and resource materials
  • seniors supporting senior caregivers in rural and remote areas, including the North
  • seniors sharing best practices
  • equipment purchase or replacement for programs and activities for seniors
  • renovations and repairs to facilities for programs and activities for seniors
  • transportation to provide a personal service to seniors in rural and remote areas, including the North (transportation services for appointments, home visit or service call, meal delivery service, etc.)

Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • activities where the role of seniors is minimal or not clearly described
  • core operational expenses of an organization, such as salary dollars unrelated to project activities, utilities, and day-to-day maintenance of facilities including general operating costs of your organization that are not related to this project
  • projects seeking funding to renovate and/or for the maintenance of an establishment not owned by the applicant that does not provide direct seniors’ programming (for example theatres, health and care establishments such as health and foot clinics)
  • items of a personal/medical nature such as wheelchairs/scooters, CPR/first aid equipment, automated blood pressure monitor, defibrillators, hearing aids
  • transportation to provide a personal service to seniors in urban areas (transportation services for appointments, home visit or service call, meal delivery service, etc.)
  • purchase of land or buildings, including new construction
  • repairs or renovations to a building or the purchase of equipment for a new building that your organization does not yet occupy
  • programs or services that fall within the responsibility of other levels of government

Question 27 – Project location

Indicate if project activities will be taking place at the organization’s primary address and/or at a different location from the primary address. If ‘yes’ please include the address for every other location(s).

Question 28 - Will the project or any of its activities involve or benefit people in English or French linguistic minority communities in Canada

If so, in 250 words or less provide an explanation and any detail on the actions.

Question 29 – Project target population

Indicate your project’s target population group(s) if applicable.

  • Seniors
  • Newcomers
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Visible Minorities
  • LGBTQ2
  • People with disabilities
  • Low Income
  • Remote/rural
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Indigenous peoples:
    • First Nations
    • Inuit
    • Metis
    • Urban/non affiliated
  • Other: specify

Section C - Part 3 - Budget

Question 30 - Project cost

List each activity and its associated cost. Cost must be reasonable and support project activities. Applicants must provide one (1) quote for each eligible repair and renovation project activity.

Note: Salaries, wages and mandatory employment-related costs (MERCs) for project staff, must not account for no more than 25% of the funding request from the program. This reflects the focus on volunteerism encouraged by the program. If the amount you request exceeds the maximum allowed, ESDC will adjust the amount requested to bring it in line with the 25% maximum.

Ineligible cost include, but are not limited to:

  • activities where the role of seniors is minimal or not clearly described
  • salaries for elderly caregiving services
  • core operational expenses of an organization, such as salary dollars unrelated to project activities, utilities, and day-to-day maintenance of facilities including general operating costs of your organization that are not related to this project
  • transportation to provide a personal service to seniors in urban areas (transportation services for appointments, home visit, service call, meal delivery service, etc.)
  • purchase of land or buildings, including new construction
  • repairs or renovations to a building or the purchase of equipment for the new building that your organization does not yet occupy
  • decorating/beautification costs (such as painting or landscaping for aesthetics purposes)
  • unexpected costs or contingency costs, which are planned costs, added any costs not planned for, or for potential increases in costs

Question 31 - Funding sources

List organization name for each funding source; indicate type of funding and value associated.

Question 32 – Budget details (Optional)

Provide any further budget details that you may find necessary in describing your project, for instance the duration of your project.

Section C – Part 4 – Program specific questions and checklist

Question 33 – Program objectives

Choose which program objective(s) supports your proposed project from the list in the application form.

Note: Projects for which capital assistance is being requested are eligible as long as it will support new or existing community programs and activities for seniors. Therefore, in addition to having capital assistance as an objective, the project must also meet one of the first 4 program objectives. In this case, it is mandatory that you indicate that how your project will work towards one of the first 4 program objectives listed.

Question 34 – National priorities

Choose which national priority supports your proposed project, if applicable.

Question 35 – Community support

In 250 words or less, describe how your community supports this project.

You are required to provide at least one letter of support from one organization or community official who supports the project.

Question 36 – Indicate the number of seniors and non-seniors who will take part in the planning and design of the proposed project activities

In 250 words or less, describe what will be their role in planning and/or design of the proposed project.

Question 37 – How many individuals will benefit from the proposed project activities once the project is complete

Specify number of seniors and non-seniors

In 250 words or less, describe each of the following elements of your project in detail:

  • the expected results (outputs and outcomes) of your project
  • who will benefit from this project and how?
  • beneficiaries: How many people will benefit from the activities of the project?
  • if the proposed activities may not have an ongoing benefit (for example a single community event) please explain
Program checklist – New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)

Ensure to review the following checklist carefully. Errors or incomplete applications will result in delayed processing or rejection.

Gather all the required documents for your application to make sure you have included all of the required attachments. Applications may not be considered if not complete.

Section C – Part 5 – Attestation

In order for your application to be eligible, an official representative who has the capacity and the authority to submit proposals on behalf of your organization must attest that he/she has the capacity an authority to submit the proposal, certify that the information provided is true and that he/she has read and understood the program’s requirements. In order to do this, the official representative must check the 3 boxes of the attestation, and provide his/her name, title and the date. As this is an attestation, no signature is required.

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