Deadline is May 22nd, 2020

Collaborating for Inclusion of Older Adults

Project Information — How to Apply for Community Funding

Second Round of Applications

The NWT Seniors’ Society is hosting a four-year project for adults 55 years or older. The project’s overall goal is to increase contact, activities, and social interaction among older adults, to help meet their growing needs.

  • Target vulnerable and socially isolated adults 55 years or older.
  • Remove barriers that prevent older adults from participating in their community.
  • Help older adults develop a sense of purpose, place, and social integration.
  • Provide locally based, culturally relevant activities that support the needs and wishes that older adults identify.
  • Provide meaningful activities for a wide variety of skills and abilities.
  • Improve community capacity, resources, knowledge, and ability to build better relationships among older adults and the community at large.

This is a call for applications to participate in the project. We will fund a program in 10 NWT communities for four years. Funding can pay for a community facilitator and some other costs (see budget section on next page). While the focus of the project is to make meaningful connections with smaller, under-resourced communities we encourage regional centres to also apply. A project coordinator supports community facilitators.

We know that many older adults are vulnerable and experience social isolation. A person is vulnerable when others may easily hurt or influence them physically, emotionally, or mentally. Social isolation means a person has few contacts in their community; they have limited or no social roles that they find meaningful.

The Government of Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program is funding this project.

About the application

  • See attached template
  • Deadline to apply for second round is May 22, 2020
  • Some communities were selected in round 1.  We will review all applications and choose remaining projects from round 2.. We will contact only successful applicants.
  • Send your application to:
    Selection Committee, NWT Seniors’ Society
    102, 4916 46th Street, Yellowknife, NT X1A 1L2
    Fax: 867-920-7601

Project Timeline

  • Due to Covid 19 response, we added a second deadline:     

                                                  May 22, 2020

  • Fall 2020 to March 31, 2024: Community programs operate.
  • Two-day territorial forum.  Dates to be determined based on Public Health advisories.
  • Three-day orientation/training for community facilitators.  Dates to be determined based on Public Health advisories.

 Budget for Project

  • Maximum $24,000 per year ($2000 per month) to pay for one facilitator per community, working part time.
  • Maximum $7500 per year ($625 per month) to pay for programming costs.


Project Coordinator

If you have questions about the project or the application, please contact the project coordinator.

Kassandra Spoelder, Project Coordinator, NWT Seniors’ Society
102, 4916 46th Street, Yellowknife, NT X1A 1L2
Phone: 867-920-7444 Fax: 867-920-7601

Covid 19 update:

Due to the current pandemic we are asking communities to also provide details of activities that can that reflect the current Healthcare Guidelines of no physical contact for seniors/elders to keep them safe. These activities can be door stop check ins, phone calls, dropping off basic needs, providing traditional food or helping stock firewood. Facilitators could also use funding for activities to pick up puzzles, games and crafting material to deliver.

Please continue to plan for activities that can take place once these orders are complete as this is a four year project.

Collaborating for Inclusion of Older Adults

NWT Community Program Application Form
Name of organization:
Name of contact person:
Phone number:
Fax number:
Describe how your program and activities meet the needs of older adults in your community. How will these activities help decrease their social isolation?
List at least six activities that you plan to offer. How often do you plan to offer them? Include group and one-on-one activities.
What other organization(s) would be a partner(s) with you in this project?
Where do you plan to hold the activities? Show that program locations are accessible, reliable, and meet the needs of community participants.
Describe how you plan to attract older adults to the activities and keep them interested.
Describe how you plan to keep participants safe during the activities.
Who do you plan to hire as the facilitator? What is their experience?                    
Does your organization have insurance for running community programs? If not do you need help to get this insurance?  
Do you have transportation available to take participants to and from activities? What kind(s) of transportation? Do you have insurance to transport people?
Estimate how many participants you expect. How did you get that number?
Include other info about your organization and community that you feel can add to your application.