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Grants to Ontario, Canada Non-Profits & Municipalities to Promote Health & Active Aging

Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant

Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #149283

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Ontario, Canada municipalities and community-based non-profits for strategic planning to promote healthy and active aging so that older adults might maintain independence and have access to community supports. Applicants are strongly encouraged to register online well in advance of the deadline.

Projects will result in planning, implementation and evaluation of activities that contribute to the creation and ongoing development of age-friendly communities. The following requirements must be met:

1) Projects must involve seniors or organizations that represent seniors.

2) Planning projects must result in activities that support at least one of the steps outlined in the Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide, including defining local principles; developing a custom needs assessment; developing an action plan; and implementing the action plan and evaluating the action plan results.

3) The local government must endorse the age-friendly community plan.

4) Projects must identify which of the World Health Organization’s eight age-friendly community dimensions (Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings; Transportation; Housing; Social Participation; Respect and Social Inclusion; Civic Participation and Employment; Communication and Information; Community Support and Health Services) the local action plan supports.

5) The project plan must identify the next step in the development, implementation or evaluation of the age-friendly community plan, which will help to maintain momentum and ensure that planning continues.

Eligible activities and project costs can include, but are not limited to:
-Creating a seniors’ advisory committee;
-Conducting community needs assessments to identify opportunities for improving a community’s age-friendliness;
-Developing an action plan;
-Implementation and evaluation of the local action plan.
-Staff salaries specifically required to undertake the project.
-Consulting fees and expenses which justifies the time spent by a consultant on the project.
-Costs associated with producing or sharing the results of the project (e.g. gap analysis research, translation costs).
-Costs directly associated with community consultations, workshops or meetings related to the project.
-Ontario-only travel and accommodation expenses that are directly related to the project. Expenses must align with the provincial government’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive. Details can be found at:
-All project costs must be reasonable and market-competitive. The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat has the discretion to deny any unreasonable project expenditures and any expenditure that was not pre-approved.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following groups are eligible to apply for funding:

1) Local government:
-Municipalities (Single-tier, Upper-tier or Lower-tier municipalities)
-District Social Services Administration Boards
-First Nations, Inuit, Métis and organizations with the support of local band councils.

2) Community organizations must:
-Be not-for-profit;
-Be incorporated;
-Have been in operation for at least one year prior to application.

Municipalities should consider working together with their accessibility advisory committee (AAC) if one has been established. Municipalities with more than 10,000 residents should have an AAC in place. The work these committees do can make a real difference for people with disabilities in their communities. For more information on AACs, please visit:

Partnerships and collaboration at the local level are encouraged. One municipality or community organization may apply on behalf of a group of communities where local age-friendly action plans will benefit a broader community or multiple neighboring municipalities.

Alternatively, neighboring municipalities who collaborate on local planning initiatives may each apply for funding for the development of age-friendly community planning activities that would be shared and would benefit all partnering communities.

Not Eligible:
-Agencies, Boards or Commissions of the Federal or Provincial governments
-Private foundations
-Private schools
-Publicly funded provincial schools, college and universities
-Unincorporated bodies
-Religious organizations
-Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity (lobbying), as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency ( )
-Organizations that are currently in default of any other provincial government grant
-Organizations whose primary source of annual base funding (more than 50%) is from the province of Ontario.

Not Funded:
-Capital projects, including renovations or upgrades to buildings.
-On-going operating or regular planning activities. This includes regular maintenance and operating expenses, core administrative and overhead costs such as rent, office supplies, telephone, and communications services such as internet.
-Acquisition of long-term assets such as computers, laptops, printers or other technology.
-Website development or upgrades.
-Development of architectural, engineering or other design drawings for the construction or renovation of facilities providing services to seniors, including housing.
-Fundraising, lobbying or sponsorship campaigns.
-Legal, audit or interest fees.
-Purchase of vehicles, fuel that is not related to supporting the project, and vehicle insurance
-Grants or funding to other organizations
-Credit and non-credit courses at a college or university
-Deficit reduction plans
-Project components already completed or funded by another organization

Pre-Application Information:

If you have not registered with Grants Ontario, please register immediately and allow at least 5 business days for processing. If you are currently registered with ONe-key, you do not have to register again.

The online grants system may be found here:

All applications must be submitted by Friday January 30, 2015, 5:00 PM EST.

Applications must include letters of support, as applicable. Applicants must include at the minimum a letter of endorsement from the local government by the application deadline of January 30, 2015.

Applicants have until Tuesday March 31, 2015 to submit a copy of the local government council resolution supporting age-friendly community planning and the application. The Grants Ontario system will allow applicants to access their application and upload the resolution document until March 31, 2015, but no other changes to the application will be possible after the January 30, 2015 closing date.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Populations under 20,000 - Up to $25,000; Populations up to 99,999 - Up to $35,000; Populations more than 100,000 - Up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between June 15, 2015 and March 31, 2017.

Contact Information:

For technical assistance with your application, call 1-855-216-3090 or 416-325-6691 or email

Applicants may also contact their Regional Advisor. The list of your Regional Advisors is located here:

RFP & Supporting Documents:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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