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New Horizons for Seniors Program (up to $25,000)

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Application period

You can apply between November 23, 2021 to December 21, 2021 at 3 pm Eastern time.

Description of the funding

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

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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

For more information and to apply click here.

  • Start Date

    Nov 23, 2021

  • End Date

    Dec 23, 2021


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