Video - How to apply for funding under the New Horizons for Seniors Program

How to apply for funding - Transcript

Meet Brenda and Robert. They lead a not-for-profit organization called Seniors Giving Back. Their organization wants to create a group of neighbourhood senior volunteers that will help other seniors with daily tasks like groceries, cleaning, laundry… But they need to find some money to help get them started!

Brenda heard about a Government of Canada funding opportunity called the New Horizons for Seniors Program. She goes online and finds the program’s website. She sees that they will accept applications for funding from May 15, 2019 to June 21, 2019. She then reads the overview of objectives: promoting volunteering, engaging seniors, supporting inclusion of seniors… that sounds like what Seniors Giving Back wants to do!

(Image on left shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

Brenda sees that the program provides 2 types of grants: Community-based grants up to $25,000; Community-based up to $5,000 small grants pilot project. She reads more on the small grant of a maximum of $5,000: It is targeted to organizations that have not received funding within the last 5 years; Eligible activities must be: IT equipment upgrade; Capital assistance; or promoting volunteerism to build capacity; At least one of the program’s national priorities must be reflected in the proposed project. Brenda talks with Robert and they decide that their project is a better fit to the larger Community-based grant of up to $25,000.

(Text bubble reads: We reviewed both available grants and decided to apply to the $25,000 stream.)

Meet Audrey. She works for Seniors Giving Back. She was tasked by Brenda with preparing an application to the New Horizons for Seniors Program $25,000 grant fund. Her first step is to go on the program’s website to understand the application process and read the Applicant guide.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

On the webpage, Audrey reads that the New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects designed by seniors for seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. The program considers a project only if it is linked to at least one of the 5 program objectives. She will need to read them and ensure she clearly presents this in their application. She also sees that the application has more chances of being funded if it aligns with the program’s national priorities for this year!

(Image on left shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

Then, Audrey reviews the eligibility criteria to make sure that they are eligible before drafting the proposal. There are multiple criteria and she must ensure that the organization and project meet all of them.

(Image on left shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

(Text bubble reads: I carefully read all eligibility criteria! No sense in doing all this work if we are not eligible!)

The program webpage explains how the application will be assessed. This gives Audrey some important details on how to present the project and be successful.

(Image on left shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

(Text bubble reads: I’m so glad I took the time to read the webpage and Guide!)

After reviewing the application process, Audrey is ready to complete the application. In the Steps to apply, she sees that they need to complete the application form and then send it to the program either by email or mail.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

Audrey opens the application form and reviews the main elements. She will need to provide details on the Organization, the Project and the Budget. She makes sure that she has all the documents she needs and starts completing the form!

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

Section A of the application form is the Notice to Applicants where Audrey will find some important information on the process. Section B is where she will choose from which grant they are requesting funding.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

The next section (Section C – Part 1) is where Audrey provides information on the Applicant Organization. She must ensure she provides accurate and up-to-date information.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

(Text bubble reads: I must not forget to clearly tell them we are Seniors helping Seniors!)

The next part (Section C – Part 2) is on the proposed project. This is where Audrey must showcase their idea! She must summarize the project, link it to the applicable program objective(s) and priorities, as well as give a list of activities and timelines.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

(Text bubble reads: I will address one of the priorities to receive additional points.)

As she fills the application form, Audrey refers to the program Applicant Guide on the website. It has a lot of great advice on how to draft the best proposal!

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

(Text bubble reads: I used the guide as reference while completing the application form. It was very useful!)

The next part (Section C – Part 3) is the budget. She must list the Project costs and the Funding sources. She remembers that “In-kind” means when a partner includes donated equipment, services or labour necessary for the project that would otherwise have to be purchased with cash. She must also make sure that the total costs equal the Total revenues and that they do not request more than $25,000. Okay, she is done with the budget. That was not so bad!

( Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

The next part (Section C – Part 4) is on the specifics of the project and its link to the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Here Audrey must demonstrate community impact, as well as provide an estimate for the number of seniors and non-seniors engaged in the project.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

(Text bubble reads: I have to provide a letter of support from my community.)

In this part, there is an important tool. The checklist of key elements of the application. Audrey carefully reviews all of them to ensure the application is complete.

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

(Text bubble reads: I reviewed the checklist and all the elements are completed!)

Audrey sends the completed application to Brenda for the last part (Section C – Part 5) which is the attestation. Here, Brenda must attest that she has the official authority to submit applications for funding.

(Image on left shows New Horizons for Seniors Program application form.)

(Text bubble reads: I certified the application. This is a great proposal! Thanks Audrey!)

Once the application is certified, the application package is complete! Audrey looks at the webpage again to see how to submit it!

(Image on right shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

(Text bubble reads: That was simple! Anybody can complete an application!)

Once the proposal is submitted, they will get an acknowledgement of reception. The Department will then assess all proposals and, subsequently, the Regional Committees will review them. A decision can be expected to be communicated by the end of March 2020.They can email or call Service Canada if they have questions.

(Image on left shows New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.)

(Text bubble reads: This would be a very useful project for Seniors in our community.)

Thank you and good luck from the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the Government of Canada.

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