The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2020-2021 has started its call for proposals for community-based projects. The application period will continue until October 20, 2020

If organizations would like to apply for funding or learn more about this funding opportunity, visit  website Canada.ca, and go to ESDC programs and policy development.

This year, organizations can apply for funding to support seniors dealing with the pandemic by submitting project proposals that offer specific COVID-19 relief and recovery activities for seniors. More traditional NHSP projects planned for delivery in 2021–2022 can also be submitted.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects that address one or more of the five 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; and
• providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Organizations are invited to apply for funding that supports the program’s national priorities:

1. Supporting healthy ageing including addressing social isolation, mental health and dementia, and supporting accessible intergenerational housing

2. Preventing elder abuse and fraud including measures to reduce crime and harm against seniors and supporting financial empowerment of seniors

3. Combatting ageism, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion including promoting labour market participation of seniors, particularly members of underrepresented or underserved groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of racialized and newcomer groups, and members of LGBTQ2 communities, and promoting intergenerational mentoring and engagement

4. Improving seniors’ access to government services and benefits including helping seniors navigate access to government benefits, and providing support to file their taxes

5. Adapting community-based organizations to a more virtual environment including by developing and delivering virtual programming, and recruiting and training volunteers to support the social inclusion of seniors

Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding. Funds are set aside for small grants of up to $5,000 for organizations that have not received funding from the program in the past five years.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the office of MP Jamie Schmale, (705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881.