Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Tip Sheet – Overview

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Community-Based Projects – Overview

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors across Canada are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their community through their social participation and active living.


  • 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; and
  • Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Eligible applicants

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Coalitions and networks and ad hoc committees;
  • Municipal governments;
  • Research organizations and institutes;
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • For-profit enterprises*;
  • In some provinces and territories with the agreement of the provincial/territorial government:
  • Educational institutions (e.g. universities, colleges and CÉGEPs, school boards/districts);
  • Public health and social services institutions.

*For-profit enterprises are eligible provided the nature and intent of the proposed activity is non-commercial and does not generate profit.

Eligible activities

Projects involve the active engagement of seniors in the social well-being of their communities. For example, projects could:

  • Reach out to isolated seniors;
  • Mentor or support others in their community;
  • Provide opportunities for intergenerational learning;
  • Address important community issues (e.g. recycling, food banks);
  • Involve building renovations, upgrades and repairs, such as flooring, windows or plumbing;
  • Involve purchase of furnishings and equipment such as tables and chairs, appliances, sport or craft equipment.

Key features

  • Grant funding up to $25,000 per organization, per year;
  • Seniors play a meaningful role;
  • Local communities benefit from and support the project;
  • Project partners and other contributors are an asset; and
  • Projects are run mainly by volunteers.

More information

For information on the New Horizons for Seniors Program, visit , or call 1-800-277-9914 and select “0”.

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