Grants and Funding Options
The New Horizons for Seniors Program has multiple funding streams:
Pan-Canadian Projects test and share best practices across the country, and replicate interventions that have worked well in addressing seniors’ issues. Projects may be funded up to $750,000 for a maximum of three years.
Community-based projects 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 be led by seniors, or seniors must play a meaningful role in the project planning and/or delivery.
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.
For 2018, three new national level priorities have also been introduced: 1) projects that would benefit vulnerable seniors populations; 2) projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors; and 3) projects that would use volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.
Small Grants Initiative Pilot up to $5,000
In 2018, NHSP is testing new ways to expand support to seniors organizations that have projects for their vulnerable population. Priority will be given to projects for seniors and meet at least one of the three national priorities (listed above). There are three funding options: 1) IT equipment upgrade: to purchase computers or tablets 2) Capital assets for current or new activities and 3) Projects that increase volunteerism, mentoring, and social inclusion.
The Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Grant Program supports the creation, enhancement and implementation of coordinated community responses to elder abuse in communities/regions throughout Alberta through improved coordination among service providers.
Health and Well-being
The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund supports projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada.
The Aviva Community Fund is Canada’s longest running online charitable funding competition. Funds support initiatives that bring people together to create change within their community.
The goal of the Alberta Community Injury Control Fund is to improve the well-being of individuals, increase individual and community safety, and reduce unintentional injuries by assisting communities with resources to undertake solutions to local injury problems. It is intended for specific, time-limited projects that address unmet, unintentional primary injury prevention needs.
The Anti-Racism Community Grant supports initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on Albertans. The grant will be divided into two streams: a general community stream and a stream directed at supporting anti-racism projects and initiatives that affect Alberta’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The application intake deadlines for 2018-19 are: Intake 1 – Aug.1, Intake 2 – Nov. 1, Intake 3 – Jan. 1
The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund supports community projects that foster equality and reduce discrimination. Human Rights Project grants are for projects that advance change and address specific human rights issues.
Community Inclusion grants strengthen municipal efforts to build inclusive communities.
The Alberta Status of Women Community Grant Program provides one-time funding to not-for-profit and charitable organizations for projects and activities that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta and relate to one or more priority areas.
The Allstate Foundation of Canada provides grants to charities and not-for-profit organizations to fund activities and educational initiatives related to crime prevention, road safety or home safety.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities. Not-for-profit organizations could receive up to $1 million for the retrofit, renovation or new construction of accessible facilities or venues through the EAF call for concepts (CFC) for mid-sized projects.
The Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Program provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities. Small funding stream (up to $125,000). Large funding stream ($125,001 and up to $1 million).
Two relevant funding streams offered by the Alberta Community Initiatives Program (CIP) are:
The City of Edmonton offers a broad range of grants and funding opportunities each year. Seniors organizations may be interested in the Community Investment Operating Grant program which provides operating assistance to non-profits whose activities benefit citizens of Edmonton and the Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program which supports partnerships that enhance public use facilities so people can thrive in an active and attractive city.
The Community Investment Program Celebrations Grant supports the production of one-day celebratory events within the City of Edmonton.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority Community Investment Program funds innovative community projects to build a stronger, safer and more accessible Internet for all Canadians. Some examples of projects that may be considered for funding include: Community access to the Internet, Internet tools, and devices, online services for vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, digital literacy and/or web safety, and infrastructure and Internet security.
Organizations interested in hosting events for Alberta’s Culture Days (last weekend of September) can apply for grants from the Alberta government to be Feature Celebration Site, a Host Celebration Site or a Pop-Up Celebration site.
If you are looking for funding to support the costs of goods and services needed to start, expand or repair a community garden site, consider applying for Sustainable Food Edmonton’s Community Garden Grant.
Staffing and Staff Development
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant supports employee training that increases the skills and competencies of current and future employees. The program is available to private and not-for-profit sector employers of all sizes across the province. To be eligible, Alberta employers must have a current or potential employee who needs training to fill current or future positions. Employers contribute one-third of the total training costs and government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered to a maximum of $15,000 per trainee.
The Muttart Foundation bursary programs help build organizational capacity of charities through staff and key volunteer professional development.The Muttart Bursary Program and the Muttart Leadership Program cover the tuition or registration costs of courses, programs, conferences or other training opportunities offered by a non-profit entity or a publicly-funded post-secondary institution.
The Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) brings Alberta’s nonprofit organizations and post-secondary students together to make a difference in their communities. SCiP internships are meaningful, skill-based opportunities providing mutual benefit to both nonprofit organizations and post-secondary students. There is no cost to organizations. Students receive a $1000 bursary. The program year runs August 1 to July 31.
The Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provides a wage subsidy of $7/hour for eligible employers to hire high school or post-secondary students to work summer jobs from May to August.
The Canada Summer Jobs program provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30. Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100 per cent of the provincial adult minimum hourly wage.
The Heritage Preservation Partnership Program provides financial assistance to initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage including development of publications, research and oral history projects.
The Edmonton Community Foundation helps charitable organizations strengthen the community through grants, initiatives, and social enterprise funding.
The Laurel Awards established by Duncan Craig LLP recognize the achievements of non-profit groups in Edmonton and area which further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Four awards with a value of between $1000-5000 are given each year. The application deadline is typically the end of May.