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Grants to Canada Nonprofits, For-Profits, Research and Health Organizations, Agencies, and IHEs for Projects that Benefit Seniors

New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) - Community-Based Projects Funding


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Funding Source
Government of Canada - Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/28/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Canada nonprofit, for-profit, Indigenous, and research organizations, government agencies, institutions, and IHEs for activities that benefit senior citizens. Funding is intended for projects that promote volunteerism and in which seniors lead or play a vital role in the planning and/or delivery.

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, it must meet at least 1 of the first 4 program objectives.

National Priorities

Projects submitted for this grant do not have to meet 1 of the following National priorities. However, if your project does meet 1 or more of the National priorities, it will receive extra points during the assessment process.

  • Priority 1: Supporting healthy aging
    • Addressing social isolation, including through supporting seniors’ digital literacy
    • Addressing ageism
    • Supporting mental health and dementia
  • Priority 2: Preventing senior abuse
    • Providing measures to reduce crimes and harm against seniors including elder abuse
    • Developing educational material to prevent unscrupulous practices, financial fraud and scams from happening to seniors
  • Priority 3: Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion
    • Promoting intergenerational mentoring and engagement
    • Advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and helping to secure a better quality of life for Indigenous seniors
    • Collaborating with diverse communities notably by serving members of the following vulnerable groups:
      • Indigenous Peoples
      • People with disabilities
      • Members of racialized and newcomer groups
      • Members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities
      • Low-income seniors
      • Veterans, and
      • Members of official language minority communities (OLMCs)
      • People who primarily speak languages other than English and French
      • Seniors living in rural or remote areas
  • Priority 4: Supporting financial security
    • Helping seniors navigate and access government services and benefits and providing support to file their taxes
    • Supporting financial empowerment of seniors

For examples of eligible activities, see:


Additional 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. Organizations that do not operate independently may only receive a maximum amount of $25,000 for all locations.

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

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information sessions:

Information sessions will be held to provide an overview of this application process. You can participate online or by teleconference.

If you are interested, send an email to your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program office. In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French).

Pre-Application Information
Wildfire accommodations
- The Call for Proposals has been extended by 2 weeks, up to September 28, 2023 for all applicants.
- If you have been impacted by the wildfires and this is impeding your ability to complete your application, please contact staff.

Funding decisions are expected to be made in February 2024.

Organizations can only submit 1 application.

What this program offers:


Application Information:

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

Term of Contract
Eligible projects must be no longer than 52 weeks.

Contact Information
Apply by Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) - preferred method:

Apply online:

If you have questions, need help or require an accommodation with this application process, contact your nearest New Horizons for Seniors Program office:

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