Seniors’ Support and Connect Grant

Community Links is excited to announce the Seniors’ Support and Connect Grant. This fund recognizes the pivotal role that senior serving clubs, groups, and organizations share in ensuring older Nova Scotians are supported to age in their homes while staying connected and engaged in their communities.

The Seniors’ Support and Connect Grants are small one-time grants of $2000 to assist existing senior-serving community organizations to meet the needs of older adults. The total funding allocation for the Seniors’ Support and Connect Grants is $200,000. Applications will launch on October 4, 2023, and be accepted through to 11:59PM on November 1, 2023.

In spring 2023, Community Links and Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia conducted research to identify the needs of older adults across the province and understand the contributions and challenges of the clubs, groups, and organizations that serve them.

Through interviews, focus groups, surveys, and community conversations, the following seven categories were identified as high-priority funding categories.

The Seniors’ Support and Connect Grant will offer financial support for various programs and initiatives that address the needs of older Nova Scotians (ages 55+), contributing to the goal of making Nova Scotia a more age-friendly province.

These micro-grants will assist senior serving clubs, groups, and organizations at the community level while empowering older adults with the supports they need to age in place in their communities.

Community Links is committed to inclusion, equity, and accessibility and encourages applications for initiatives led by and for diverse groups. If your program, activity, or initiative reaches Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Black, Acadian, newcomer, disabled, 2SLGBTQIA+, or other underrepresented older adults, we welcome you to identify that in your application.

Applications are not restricted to registered charities. Volunteer groups, non-profit societies, and seniors’ clubs are encouraged to apply. Priority will go to applicants whose grant proposals best align with the high-priority areas listed above (as identified through the research). The Seniors’ Support and Connect Grants are open to community organizations or groups that work with older adults. Eligible organizations must have a bank account in the organization’s name to receive funding.

The micro-grant application and an in-depth description of the funding categories will be posted here on October 4, 2023. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2023.
These grants are funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors and Long-term Care.