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 and promote healthy aging. It also supports initiatives that will positively impact the lives of older adults in Nova Scotia.

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

Funding streams

The grant has 2 funding streams: planning and projects.

Planning stream

This stream supports initiatives that prioritize collaboration between sectors or groups — including local government, community organizations and older adults themselves — to assist communities in Nova Scotia to best support aging populations.

Projects funded in the planning stream may focus on:

  • understanding community assets, needs and gaps related to population aging – which in turn, could be used to inform community programs and support services, or efforts to improve existing community resources
  • designing spaces, systems or infrastructure to enable more older adults to continue living independently and healthily in their community
  • improving older adults’ awareness and navigation of health, community and social support services or programs

Initiatives must be in partnership with local government. They need to include consultation and engagement with older adults, the broader community and key stakeholders.

Projects stream

This stream supports projects that help older Nova Scotians stay active, healthy and engaged in their communities. These projects help older adults to overcome social isolation, support quality of life during COVID-19, or promote more diverse and engaged communities.

Projects funded in the planning stream may focus on:

  • addressing ageism
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of older adults
  • intergenerational projects
  • addressing social isolation, loneliness
  • developing community supports for persons with dementia
  • promoting and improving physical activity and nutrition
  • expanding awareness of injury prevention
  • promoting volunteerism among older adults and other generations
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others
  • preventing or expanding awareness of elder abuse and fraud, including financial abuse
  • improving older adults’ awareness and access to community supports and resources, and navigating access to government benefits
  • supporting older adults’ adoption of technology through community or virtual programming
  • development and delivery of virtual programming that help older adults to stay informed and connected, and support lifelong learning
  • promotion of age-friendly business practices

See the grant guidelines for project examples.

Funding amounts

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

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

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

Application deadlines

Applications will open in Fall 2022.

Eligibility

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

  • a registered not-for-profit organization, registered not-for profit cooperative, registered charity, or registered association based in Nova Scotia
  • a local government including municipalities, a First Nations band, or Tribal Council
  • a university based in Nova Scotia or not-for-profit secondary institution based in Nova Scotia

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

Businesses and individuals can’t apply.