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Grants to Newfoundland and Labrador Nonprofits, Agencies, and Indigenous Communities for Projects to Benefit Elderly Residents

Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador (AFNL) Communities Program

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development (CSSD)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #140571

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Indigenous communities for projects to benefit elderly residents. Funding is intended to support applicants in designing and implementing programs, activities, and infrastructure that support age-friendly communities.

According to the World Health Organization, an age-friendly community is a community where policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable people of all ages to live in a secure environment, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society. Eight key domains of community life have been identified in which communities can become more age-friendly. These domains include:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings;
  • Transportation;
  • Housing;
  • Respect and social inclusion;
  • Social participation;
  • Communication and information;
  • Civic participation and employment opportunities; and
  • Community support and health services. 

The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program supports communities who want to start or continue the process of becoming more age-friendly. The program has two funding streams:

  • Stream 1: Planning - To complete an age-friendly assessment and develop an action plan.
    • Stream 1 provides applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate an age-friendly focus on all aspects of the planning process, setting a foundation for the success of future Stream 2 projects grants. Planning activities may include:
    • Completion of an age-friendly community or regional assessment and development of an action plan that addresses one or more of the eight domains of age-friendly communities; or
    • Adding an age-friendly lens to existing or new plans or policies, such as:
      • Municipal plans;
      • Zoning and other bylaws (subdivision, snow removal, parking, etc.);
      • Emergency management plans;
      • Municipal regulations;
      • Active transportation planning;
      • Recreation master planning;
      • Food security and food systems planning; and
      • Community planning processes related to affordable housing, homelessness. 
  • Stream 2: Projects - To implement age-friendly actions (projects) identified in the age-friendly assessment and action plan. 
    • Stream 2 provides funding to carry out one or more of the actions (projects) identified in the planning phase.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible applicants must:
- Be either a:
o Municipality;
o Indigenous Governments; or
o Not for profit organization with an age-friendly mandate (must be incorporated).
- Have completed all past reporting requirements; and
- Have completed an age-friendly assessment and action plan or demonstrate that their municipal or equivalent plan is inclusive of the eight domains of age-friendly communities (Stream 2 only).

Local service districts, businesses, crown corporations, public health and education institutions and individuals are not eligible to apply, but are encouraged to partner with eligible applicants.

The following expenses are not eligible:
- Existing community programs, unless you are working to scale or expand proven impacts;
- Trail construction or improvements;
- Expenses for activities that have already taken place;
- One-time events that are not part of a larger age-friendly community action plan;
- Capital costs in excess of 10% of the total funding requested; and
- Fundraising

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2022.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant under both streams is $10,000. Applications demonstrating a regional approach may be eligible for up to $15,000.

Contact Information:

Send completed applications and supporting documents via email to If submitting a paper copy, please mail to:

Age Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program
Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

For assistance completing your application or for additional information contact:
Jaime Collins, Policy and Program Development Specialist
Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Office: 709-729-5261
Toll-Free: 1-888-494-2266

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