Age-friendly Communities Grant

The Age-Friendly Communities Grant program provides funding for projects that help older Nova Scotians stay active, healthy and engaged in their communities.

The program provides funding for community-wide efforts to create age-friendly environments, promote healthy aging and support initiatives that help lead to positive impacts in the lives of older adults in Nova Scotia.

The grant provides funding of up to $25,000 per initiative and is administered by the Department of Seniors and Long-term Care.

Funding opportunities

The grant has 2 funding streams: planning and projects.

Planning stream

The planning stream supports collaborative efforts to examine the needs and priorities in communities to support older Nova Scotians. This includes local government, community organizations and older adults themselves. Initiatives in this stream must be in partnership with local government and include consultation and engagement of older adults and stakeholders in the community.

Initiatives funded may focus on:

  • understanding local community needs, current resources and gaps related to aging (this information can help inform future areas of focus for new or existing community programs and services and to address elder abuse)
  • developing solutions with the community to address the persistent challenges of supporting older adults in their homes

Projects stream

The projects stream supports projects that help older Nova Scotians stay active, healthy  and socially connected, support quality of life, and create diverse and engaged communities.

Projects funded may focus on:

  • physical activity, mobility and nutrition
  • reducing social isolation and strengthening social connections
  • providing non-medical support at home or in the community
  • helping improve digital skills

See the grant guidelines for project examples.

Funding amounts

Funding is available for up to $25,000 per initiative.

Requests for the maximum contribution of $25,000 must involve a large-scale, in-depth initiative or provincial initiative.

Most small-scale community projects receive a maximum contribution of up to $10,000 per initiative.

Application deadlines

Activity Date
Applications open 3 October 2022
Applications close 18 November 2022 (11pm AST)
Notification of outcome 31 January 2023
Grant agreements and funding sent to organizations 3 March 2023

Eligibility

To apply for a grant, you must be one of the following:

  • registered non-profit (society or co-operative)
  • registered charity or a registered association based in Nova Scotia
  • local government (municipality, First Nations band or Tribal Council)
  • university or non-profit post-secondary institution based in Nova Scotia

Partnerships with local government and between 2 or more organizations are encouraged.

Businesses and individuals can’t apply.

How to apply

  1. Review detailed criteria in the Program Guidelines (PDF).
  2. Complete the application form (PDF).
  3. Check the application form for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Send your completed application form and supporting documents by email to agefriendly@novascotia.ca.