Age-friendly communities grant

The Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program provides funding for projects that lead to more age-friendly communities. 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:

  • valuing the contribution of older adults to their communities
  • supporting them to age in place
  • create conditions for them to live healthy, active lives

Funding streams

The grant has 2 funding streams: planning and projects.

Planning stream

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
  • housing
  • transportation
  • outdoor spaces and buildings
  • social participation
  • 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.

Projects stream

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.

Funding amounts

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.

Application deadlines

Applications will be accepted until 1 February 2021, depending on the availability of funds.

Applications received by 14 September 2020 will be reviewed and approved by end of October.

Applications received by 2 November 2020 will be reviewed and approved by early December.
If funds are still available, applications received by 1 February will be reviewed and approved by end of March 2021.


To apply for a grant, you must be a:

  • municipality
  • 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.

How to apply

Complete the application form.

  1. Review detailed program criteria in the grant guidelines.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Complete the application and submit it, along with any supporting documents, by email to

Before you start

Review AFC Grant Guidelines carefully before applying.

Make sure you have letters of support from partners indicating their cash or in-kind contribution and how they will work with you.

If you’re not sure how your initiative fits and would like to talk more about it, contact the Age Friendly Communities Grant Program. 

If you’re not sure how where your project fits and would like to talk more about it, contact us.