Canada: Age-friendly Communities Grant Program
Nova Scotia has announced the Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program to provide funding for projects that lead to more age-friendly communities.
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Projects funded through the program help advance the goals outlined in Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.
Age-Friendly Communities is an approach to ensuring that the physical and social aspects of a community are designed to improve the health and well-being of older adults. Age-Friendly Communities help overcome social isolation of older adults, and help them stay active, healthy and engaged in their communities.
Age-Friendly Communities address the 3 pillars of Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population:
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valuing the contribution of older adults to their communities
supporting them to age in place
create conditions for them to live healthy, active lives
The grant has 2 funding streams: planning and projects.
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The planning stream funds projects that lead to more age-friendly communities. Planning initiatives engage stakeholders, develop action plans, and monitor and evaluate improvements to policies, services and structures within 8 domains:
communication and information
outdoor spaces and buildings
community support and health services
respect and social inclusion
civic participation and employment
Initiatives must be in partnership with local government. They need to include consultation and engagement with older adults, Stakeholders, and others in the community.
Collaborative, innovative projects to develop, implement or evaluate programs, services, resources or events that:
support active, healthy living
help older adults to stay connected to community life
maximize the economic and social contributions of older adults
increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults
Applications for projects that create mutually supportive, intergenerational experiences that help reduce social isolation among older adults are encouraged.
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Funding is available for up to $25,000 per initiative.
Requests for the maximum contribution must involve a large-scale province-wide initiative or an Age-Friendly Communities planning or evaluation initiative, following the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Pan-Canadian Age-Friendly Communities Milestones.
Most smaller-scale community projects receive a maximum contribution of up to $10,000 per initiative.
To apply for a grant, you must be a:
Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw band
registered non-profit organization, registered charity, or registered association based in Nova Scotia
university based in Nova Scotia
Partnerships with local government and between 2 or more organizations are encouraged.
Businesses and individuals can’t apply.
Planning stream initiatives require written approval from the municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer or Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw Band Chief.
For more information, visit https://novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant/