New Horizons for Seniors Program 2016–2017 call for proposals for community-based projects


Employment and Social Development Canada


New Horizons for Seniors Program: Community-Based Projects for Seniors

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The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

NHSP's community-based projects support local initiatives across Canada. They are inspired or led by seniors, volunteer-based and supported by their communities. NHSP reinforces that seniors are valuable assets to communities. By empowering seniors and encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others, NHSP enhances seniors' social well-being and community vitality.

Community-based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program that enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues, are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year, per organization.

Projects must address one or more of the program's five objectives:

  1. promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  2. engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  3. expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  4. supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
  5. providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.


Eligible applicants include educational institutions (e.g. universities, colleges, CEGEPs, school boards/school districts.

Organizations are allowed to submit multiple applications; however, the total of all applications combined must not exceed $25,000, including applicable taxes per year, per organization. Otherwise, the organization will have to withdraw an application to respect the funding limit.

Funding Availability

$25,000 per organization

Indirect Costs



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Proposals are due to the Office of Research Services including a signed OR-5 Form.

In the event more than one (1) proposal for $25,000 is received by the internal deadline, the Office of Research Services will determine an adjudication process to select the proposal(s) to go forward to the sponsor.

External Deadline

Applicants submit proposals to ESDC by mail.

For Questions, please contact

New Horizons for Seniors Program
Government of Canada
2nd floor
430 Courtneypark Drive E.
Mississauga, ON
L5T 2S5

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x54807

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