The New Horizons for Seniors Program’s call for proposals is open until October 20th at 3:00 p.m. Organizations can now apply for funding for projects that support seniors to stay connected and engaged during these challenging times.

What is the New Horizons for Seniors Program?

The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects offered by organizations that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experience to benefit all.

On September 9th, 2020, the Government of Canada launched the New Horizons for Seniors Program for community-based projects during COVID-19. 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.

Through initiatives like this, we are helping seniors stay informed, engaged and connected with their communities. Through NHSP community-based funding, [projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.

Is My Organization Eligible?

The Program’s community-based stream supports activities that engaged seniors and address one or more of its five objectives:

1. Promoting volunteerism among seniors
2. Engaging seniors in the community through mentoring of others
3. Expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse
4. Supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors
5. Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors

As part of his years NHSP Call for Proposals for community-based projects, organizations that support national priorities are invited to apply for funding, which are:

1. Supporting healthy ageing
2. Preventing elder abuse and fraud
3. Combating ageism, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion
4. Improving seniors’ access to government services and benefits
5. Adapting community base organizations to a more virtual environment

What are the Changes to This Years Program?

The Government is committed to ensuring that NHSP is responsive to feedback and reflects the current realities of seniors and senior-serving organizations. A number of changes have been made this year, including improvements to program parameters, delivery and access.

COVID-19 specific projects help seniors manage the impact of this pandemic. This is why the Prime Minister announced an additional $20 million in the NHSP. This additional funding helps organizations serving seniors to offer pandemic relief and recovery activities.

What kind of activities can be undertaken?

Activities eligible under the Community-based stream of the NHSP are determined as activities that meet the programs objectives and respond to seniors’ needs. Some examples of this are:

1. Organizing weekly online sessions or seniors to provide them with support or training and the opportunity to socialize while social distancing
2. Organizing financial literacy seminars for local seniors, inviting financial experts to give tips on how to manage finances
3. Providing sessions on how to manage online banking and on avoiding financial scams
4. Teaching seniors the tools they need to connect with others online

How do I apply?

Every year, organizations across Canada are invited to apply for NHSP community-based project funding through a Call for Proposals. Projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding or receive up to $5,000 in small grants funding. This year, applications can be submitted through an online platform or by email or by mail.

For more information on the eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply, please visit The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP – Community based projects). Organizations can also contact their local Service Canada Centre for more information.