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About The Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program

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About The Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility


Eligible applicants for this grant include:

  • Local governments (municipalities, district social services administration boards, First Nation, Inuit, Metis and organizations with the support of their local band councils).
  • Not-for-profit, incorporated community organizations operating for at least one year and have the written endorsement of their local government.

Eligible projects could include:

  • Consultations with the community to develop age-friendly community action plans or strategies.
  • Conducting a community needs assessment through focus groups or public forums.
  • Establishing local councils on aging or sub-committees to review and create reports with recommendations for improvement to the city.

All projects must:

  • Include the involvement of seniors and/or organizations that represent seniors.
  • Focus on one or more of the steps outlined in the Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide.
  • Include activities that address the targeted "Age-Friendly Community Dimensions" outlined in the Community Planning Guide.
  • Have the support of the local level of government.
  • Identify the next step in the development of their age-friendly community plan to ensure continuous strategic planning.

Priority will be given to projects that target small municipalities, communities with diverse populations, and those in rural and remote areas. Priority will also be given to communities that have not started or have not yet completed a local age-friendly strategic plan.


Funding will be made available based on the size of the population the plan will benefit.

  • Up to $25,000 for small communities with populations under 20,000 residents.
  • Up to $35,000 for medium-sized communities with populations between 20,000 and 99,000 residents.
  • Up to $50,000 for larger communities with populations greater than 100,000 residents.

Download guidelines for the Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. Applications will be accepted between November 24, 2014 and January 30, 2015.

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