Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program for Pan-Canadian Projects

Pan-Canadian projects that help to reduce social isolation among seniors may be funded between $150,000 and $750,000, for up to a maximum of three years.

Funding can provide support for projects that develop and implement collaborative, multi-partner approaches that measurably reduce the rate of social isolation among seniors in a target population

Application Information

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Deadline: July 10, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

The Government of Canada is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Eligibility

Eligible Projects

For this National Pan-Canadian Call for Proposals (CFP), the Government of Canada is partnering with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and its Innoweave Initiative through its Seniors SI program to support the development and implementation of collaborative approaches that measurably reduce the rate of social isolation among seniors in a target population.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to access support and information from Innoweave on the development and implementation of collaborative approaches early in their project planning process. For more information on the support available through the Seniors SI program, please go to the Innoweave website or enquire by telephone at 613-777-7858.

To be considered for funding, applicants must submit two components:

  1. An Impact Plan – a collaborative, multi-partner approach to generate a measurable reduction in the rate of social isolation of seniors in a target population. (See instructions on how to submit an Impact Plan in Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives of this Guide for Applicants).
  2. An Application for Funding – for an individual project with a critical role in contributing to the Impact Plan.

Detailed descriptions of the requirements for each component are provided in this Applicant Guide

Projects submitted without an eligible Impact Plan will not be considered for funding under this CFP.

Funding will be provided to successful applicants (“Collaborating Organizations”) whose projects play a critical role towards an Impact Plan that measurably reduces the rate of social isolation of seniors in a target population (refer to definitions that follow).

For the purpose of this CFP:

  • Collaborating Organization is a private, non-profit or public sector organization that submits an application for a project that is a critical part of an Impact Plan and directly contributes to the success of this Impact Plan.
  • Impact Plan outlines a collaborative, multi-partner approach to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation of seniors within a specific target population (i.e. change at a population-level, rather than at an individual project level).
  • Social isolation is a low quantity and quality of contact with others. Social isolation involves a situation of few social contacts, few social roles, and the absence of mutually-rewarding relationships.
  • Seniors are persons aged 55 and older.
  • Target population is a defined senior’s population within a specific geographic region or boundary (e.g. city, township, county or rural and remote area), such as newcomer seniors within a given Canadian city.
Impact plan details

All projects must submit an Impact Plan in Appendix A of the Application for Funding. An Impact Plan should outline a collaborative plan to generate a measurable reduction in rates of social isolation in a target population (i.e. change at a population-level, rather than at an individual project level).

For more information on collaboration and partnership development, please go to the Innoweave website or enquire by telephone at 613-777-7858.

  • The target population must be the same for all Collaborating Organizations of the Impact Plan.
  • All Collaborating Organizations (if applicable) must submit the same Impact Plan with their project Application.
  • The Impact Plan’s objective must be to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation in a target population.
  • Impact Plans must contain the planned level of change (%) in the target population for all of the expected outcomes below:
    1. the proportion of seniors who have support and help when they need it, as measured by how often they have:
      • someone they can count on to listen to them when they need to talk
      • someone to give them advice about a crisis
      • someone to help them when needed
    2. the proportion of seniors who participate regularly in activities;
    3. the proportion of seniors who feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances; and
    4. the proportion of seniors who feel valued by the family, friends and acquaintances with whom they are connected.

The planned level of change identified for each of the expected outcomes should be determined from an evidence-based assessment of the specific circumstances of the identified target population (e.g. type of population, population size and environmental factors) weighted against the proposed interventions of the Impact Plan.

For example, the planned level of change for an Impact Plan could be as follows:

Outcome 1: Increase the proportion of seniors who have support and help when they need it by 30%.
Outcome 2: Increase the proportion of seniors who participate regularly in activities by 20%.
Outcome 3: Increase the proportion of seniors who feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances by 25%.
Outcome 4: Increase the proportion of seniors who feel valued by family, friends and acquaintances by 25%.

Priority consideration may be given to Impact Plans that target hard to reach seniors specifically:

  • Homeless or near homeless;
  • Living with a physical or mental disability;
  • Aboriginal;
  • Newcomers or from ethnocultural communities;
  • Providing caregiving;
  • Living with a low-income;
  • Living in an official language minority community; or
  • Living in rural and remote areas, including Northern regions.

For further Impact Plan details see Section 2B –Project Description: Question 43 – Project Objectives.

Each of the following requirements must be met in order for projects to be considered eligible for funding:

  • the project must play a critical role towards achieving the overall objective of the Impact Plan. For further details, see Section 2B: Project Description;
  • each project must contain an Impact Plan detailed in Appendix A of the Application for Funding that meets the required elements;
  • Collaborating Organization projects may only contribute to one Impact Plan;
  • the maximum duration of a project is 36 months (three years); and
  • the total amount of funding requested from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) must not be less than $150,000 and cannot exceed $750,000 per Collaborating Organization.

For the purpose of this CFP, it is expected that project activities will start after October 1, 2015, with a maximum duration of three years.

Additional points will be given to Collaborating Organization projects that demonstrate:

  • cash and/or in-kind contributions provided through sources other than the federal government (which can include the applicant’s own organization) towards total eligible project costs.
Eligible Contribution Recipients*

Eligible recipients for this CFP are:

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • For-profit organizations*;
  • Municipal governments;
  • Research organizations and institutes;
  • Educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPS, school boards/school districts)**;
  • Public health and social services institutions**; and
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities).

*For-profit organizations are eligible provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, does not generate profit, and meets the objectives of this CFP.

**Post-secondary, social service or public health institutions may apply, provided that they have the agreement of their provincial or territorial government.

Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec: This CFP was the subject of discussions with the Secrétariat aux aînés du Québec (SA), as provided for under the terms of the Canada-Quebec Protocol.

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs are those considered necessary to support the project. General operating costs of your organization are not eligible for the purpose of this CFP (e.g. regular telephone and heating costs, rent, utilities, property taxes, insurance, equipment for staff, audit costs, etc.).

For the purpose of this CFP, the following costs are eligible for funding (please note that all eligible costs are subject to assessment and negotiation):

  • wages and mandatory employment related costs (MERCS) for project staff;
  • professional fees (e.g. presenters, trainers, facilitators, researchers);
  • evaluation costs (e.g. surveys);
  • hospitality;
  • participant costs (e.g. security checks for volunteers);
  • printing, advertising, distribution and other communication costs;
  • travel costs within Canada;
  • rental, repair, renovation and/or maintenance of facilities;
  • purchase and/or rental of equipment, materials and supplies;
  • shipping costs for equipment, materials or supplies;
  • other costs necessary to support the purpose of the funding as approved by ESDC;
  • capital assets* required to complete the project (must not exceed $25,000); and
  • any applicable taxes (that are not subject to rebate through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For more information on taxes, please visit the CRA website.

*Any asset/expenditure requiring agreement of disposition, with a purchase cost exceeding $1,000. All capital purchases require prior written approval from ESDC and must include a plan for disposal upon completion of the project. Also, it is recommended to obtain more than one quote when purchasing capital assets.

Eligible Activities

Eligible Collaborating Organization project activities must actively contribute to the outcomes of the associated Impact Plan and measurably reduce the rate of social isolation among seniors in a target population.

Examples of projects eligible for NHSP funding include, but are not limited to:

  • A “friendly visitor’s program” matching socially isolated, home-bound seniors in a northern community with visiting volunteers. During scheduled visits, trained volunteers assist seniors with daily tasks, engage in social activities, and provide overall companionship to the participant. Scheduled visits are reinforced by regular phone calls to ‘check-in’ on the participants, as well as transportation and accompaniment for ad hoc appointments and shopping trips.
  • A weekly “community kitchen program” in a suburban community that offers transportation to and from the program’s location for low-income seniors who would otherwise be unable to attend. With the support of trained volunteers, program participants have the opportunity to interact socially while preparing and eating healthy, nutritious meals.
  • A “referral phone line” in a large urban centre that members of the community can call when they suspect a senior’s wellbeing may be compromised due to social isolation. Referrals are forwarded to a network of partner agencies who in turn contact the identified seniors and connect them with appropriate programs and services.

Background

Purpose

The Government of Canada is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The purpose of this guide is to provide information to assist you with the completion of your Application for Funding to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It is recommended that you read the Applicant Guide in its entirety before you start completing the Application for Funding.

For enquiries about this Call For Proposals (CFP) process, please contact: pnha-nhsp@servicecanada.gc.ca. Enquiries will only be answered from May 29, 2015 to June 26, 2015. During this time, to ensure fairness and transparency, additional information stemming from the enquiries received will be posted on a weekly basis to this website.

For more information on the support available through the Seniors SI program, please go to the Innoweave website or enquire by telephone at 613-777-7858.

Objective of this CFP

This CFP will support projects that play a critical role towards a collaborative approach to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation of seniors in a target population.

Call for Proposals Summary

Proposed projects must:

  • play a critical role towards an Impact Plan that measurably reduces the rate of social isolation of seniors in a target population;
  • submit an Impact Plan in Appendix A that meets the obligatory requirements;
  • contribute to only one Impact Plan;
  • have a maximum duration of 36 months (three years); and
  • have a total funding request from ESDC between $150,000 and $750,000.

As this is a competitive process, not all proposals submitted under this CFP will be selected; funding is limited and subject to ESDC’s yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Note

The Government of Canada reserves the right to accept a proposal, in whole or in part, and give consideration to factors such as hard to reach populations, geographic coverage, delivery approaches, and official languages requirements.

Expected Results and Outcomes

All Collaborating Organization project submissions must clearly demonstrate how they link to the success of the Impact Plan (See Section 2B: Project Description; Question 45 – Expected Results of the Project).

Assessment

Impact Plan
Eligibility Requirements
YES NO
1.1 - The Impact Plan objective is focused on addressing social isolation of seniors.
1.2 - The Impact Plan contains a Theory of Change.
(See Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives).
1.3 - Expected Outcomes:

The Impact Plan contains the planned level of change (%) in the target population for all of the expected outcomes below:

  1. the proportion of seniors who have support and help when they need it, as measured by how often they have:
    • someone they can count on to listen to them when they need to talk.
    • someone to give them advice about a crisis.
    • someone to help them when needed.
  2. the proportion of seniors who participate regularly in activities;
  3. the proportion of seniors who feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances; and
  4. the proportion of seniors who feel valued by the family, friends and acquaintances with whom they are connected.
(See Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives).
1.4 - The Impact Plan includes a Management Plan with an identified key point of contact (See Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives).
1.5 - The Impact Plan includes an Evaluation Plan. (See Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives)
1.6 - The Impact Plan has a Resource Plan. (See Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives)
Collaborating Organization Project
Eligibility Requirements
Yes No
1 - Complete Application for Funding
1.1 - The completed Application for Funding was received no later than the stated closing date/time for the Call for Proposals (CFP).
1.2 - The Application for Funding was signed by the authorized representative(s) of the organization.
1.3 - All required documents are attached to the Application for Funding:
  • Impact Plan (detailed in Appendix A of the Application for Funding).
  • A document from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that includes the applicant’s business or registration number with the CRA (e.g. tax related document, CRA correspondence, etc.).
  • a Budget Detailed Template.
2 - Eligible recipient
2.1 - The Application for Funding was submitted by an eligible recipient (as defined under Eligibility):
  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Municipal governments;
  • Research organizations and institutes;
  • Educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPS, school boards/school districts);
  • Public health and social services institutions; and
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities).
3 - Eligible Project
3.1 - The project has a maximum duration of 36 months (three years).
3.2 - The amount of funding requested from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is not less than $150,000 and does not exceed $750,000.
3.3 - The project contributes to addressing social isolation of seniors.

The application must meet all the eligibility requirements stated above in order to be deemed eligible for funding. An application that does not meet one or more of the requirements may be rejected.

Impact Plan
Assessment Criteria
Impact Plans must achieve an overall score of at least 50%
Max Score % of Total
A – Relevance /55 55%
A1. Contribute to the objective of CFP: Impact Plans must be designed to address the objective of this CFP which is to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation of seniors in a target population and must intend to achieve all of the following outcomes:
  • increased proportion of seniors who have support and help when they need it;
  • increased proportion of seniors who participate regularly in activities;
  • increased proportion of seniors who feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances; and
  • increased proportion of seniors who feel valued by the family, friends and acquaintances with whom they are connected.
Impact Plans must include the anticipated percentage of change for all expected outcomes, supported by a logical evidence-based rationale.
25 25%
A2. Theory of Change: Impact Plans must explain how projects will form an integrated strategy to achieve the Impact Plan outcomes. 30 30%
B – Plan to Manage the Impact Plan /45 45%
B1. Collaborators: Impact Plans must include the following:
  • Details on the expertise of any Collaborating Organizations, and the reasons why their activities are essential to the success of the Impact Plan; and
  • Demonstration that any Collaborating Organizations have the required experience to generate the necessary results.
25 25%
B2. Management plan: Impact Plans must demonstrate how administration functions will be performed. The management plan should include the following:
  • A clear breakdown of administrative responsibilities including all management functions needed to support the Impact Plan; and
  • A justification regarding why any Collaborating Organizations are best suited to perform the functions identified in the Impact Plan and how the selected organizations (if applicable) are essential in ensuring the success of the Impact Plan.
10 10%
B3. Evaluation plan: Impact Plans must clearly describe the steps that will be taken, to measure the overall effectiveness of the Impact Plan process and how the group will learn and adjust as needed during the implementation phase. 5 5%
B4. Resource plan: Impact Plans must provide a clear and reasonable summary of the cost of administrative functions associated with the Impact Plan. They will be assessed based on the cost effectiveness of their plan. 5 5%
Collaborating Organization Project Assessment criteria
Only Collaborating Organizations whose associated Impact Plan scored 50% or higher will be considered for funding under this CFP.
Max Score % of Total
A – Project Relevance /25 25%
A1. Supporting the Impact Plan: The proposal must clearly demonstrate how the project will link to and support the expected outcomes and overall objective of the Impact Plan. /25 25%
B – Plan to Manage the Project /50 50%
B1. Project activities: The proposal must provide a clear description of each activity and demonstrate linkages to project level outputs and outcomes. Activities should be specific, realistic and relevant to the project objectives and demonstrate how the project outcome(s) will be achieved. Timelines must be clearly established and feasible. 25 25%
B2. Expected results of the project: include qualitative and quantitative Results Measurement Indicators. 25 25%
C - Budget /25 25%
C1. Eligible and reasonable project costs: Project costs must be eligible, itemized and reasonable and support the project activities. 25 25%
D- Additional Points /5 5%
D1. Additional points: A total of 5 additional points are available for proposals that include: Cash and/or in-kind contributions from sources other than the federal government (which can include the applicant’s own organization) towards total eligible project costs. 5 5%

Develop Your Proposal

How to fill out your Application for Funding.

The Application for Funding has four parts:

Section 1 - Application for Funding

  • Part 1 – Organization
  • Part 2 – Project
  • Part 3 – Funding
  • Part 4 – Declaration

Please read this section carefully before completing your application. Provide your answers on the application form template and attach only the documents requested. All required documents must be attached otherwise your application will be considered incomplete and screened out. You are required to submit your application in one complete package by the closing date of the Call for Proposals (CFP).

Additional documents required:

Listed below are all additional documents that are required to be submitted with your Application for Funding:

  • Proof of organization type and status: A tax related document that includes your organization's business or registration number with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) (e.g. tax-related document, CRA correspondence, articles of incorporation, constitution documents, etc.).
  • A completed Budget Detail Template.
  • Impact Plan (in Appendix A of the Application for Funding).
  • If applicable, letters confirming cash and/or in-kind contributions provided through sources other than the federal government (which can include the applicant's own organization) towards total eligible project costs.

Part 1 - Organization

Section 1A - Organization identification

ESDC uses the information you provide in this section to establish your organization's identity.

Question 1 - legal name

Please provide the legal name of your organization. Usually, this is the name associated with your registration with the CRA, or the name that would appear on funding cheques.

Question 2 - operating (common) name (if different from legal name)

Please provide the operating (or common) name of your organization if it is different from the legal name.

Question 3 - Business or registration number

Please provide your 15-digit CRA business number and a document that includes your business or registration number (e.g. tax related documents, CRA correspondence, etc.).

Example: 123456789 RR 1234

For more information, please visit the CRA website.

Question 4 - Organization type

To be considered eligible for funding, your answer to this question must be:

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Municipal governments;
  • Research organizations and institutes;
  • Educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPS, school boards/school districts);
  • Public health and social services institutions; and
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities).

For more details, please refer to Eligibility.

Question 5 - not applicable for this CFP
Question 6 - year established

Please indicate the year your organization was established.

Questions 7 to 11 - organization address

Please indicate the address of your organization - Applicants must provide a complete address in a format recognized by Canada Post. Information is available on the Canada Post website.

Questions 12 and 13 - telephone and fax

Please indicate the telephone and fax numbers of the organization.

Question 14 - e-mail address

Please indicate the e-mail address of the organization.

Questions 15 to 19 - mailing address

Please indicate the mailing address if different from your organization's address.

Questions 20 and 21 - telephone and fax

Please indicate the telephone and fax number if different from your organization's address.

Question 22 - organization's mandate

Please describe the main activities of your organization, including your mission, mandate and objectives, if applicable. Please describe the programs and services offered by your organization.

Section 1B - organization contact

Please provide a main contact for the purposes of communicating with your organization about this project. This could be the Executive Director, President or a delegate of their choice.

Question 23 - given name

Please provide the name of the person in your organization who will be ESDC's main contact for the project.

Question 24 - position title

Please provide the title of the organization contact identified in Question 23. Example: Business owner, President, or Executive Director.

Question 25 - preferred language of communication

Please indicate the preferred language of the organization's main contact for both written and spoken communication.
EN indicates English
FR indicates French

Question 26 - organization contact – address

Please indicate whether the address for the Organization Contact is the same address as the Organization Address or the Organization Mailing Address given in Section 1A. If different, please indicate in the box.

Questions 27 to 31 - contact address
Questions 32 and 33 - telephone and fax

Please indicate the telephone and fax numbers of the Organization Contact.

Question 34 - e-mail address

Note: Please indicate the e-mail address of the Organization Contact. Please note that this is where all correspondence will be sent.

Section 1C - Organizational capacity

ESDC uses the information provided in this section to help assess the organization's capacity to manage a project.

Question 35 - not applicable for this CFP
Question 36 - Has your organization undergone any important transformations in the past two years?

For the purpose of this CFP "important transformations" refer to events such as change in ownership, merger with or split from another organization, acquisition, expansion, a change in main activities, an important reduction, increase or turn-over in staff, declaration of bankruptcy, etc.

If you answer yes, please provide a description of the changes.

Question 37 – Does your organization have the experience and expertise to carry out the proposed project activities?

If applicable, please include any past experience in addition to any past funding history with ESDC and the results of the project(s).

Question 38 - Does your organization owe any amounts to the Government of Canada?

If yes, please indicate the amounts owing in the spaces provided. See the following example:

Amount owing Nature of amount owing Department or agency to which money is owed
$10,000 Overpayment Employment and Social Development Canada
Question 39 - Is a payment plan in place?

Please indicate whether or not payment arrangements have been made. Answering "yes" to this question will not invalidate your application. However, you must provide details as to the type of debt owed and the arrangements that have been made for repayment.

Part 2 - Project

Section 2A - project identification
Question 40 - project title

Please provide a brief, descriptive project title.

Questions 41 and 42 - planned project start and end dates

Please indicate the planned start and end dates of your project.

Please note that proposed activities cannot begin before your project is approved and a Funding Agreement has been signed by both the recipient and ESDC.

You should not assume any commitment on the part of ESDC until funding has been approved and the Funding Agreement has been signed by a representative of ESDC. ESDC will notify you in writing of the outcome of the review of your application.

Section 2B - project description
Question 43 - project objectives (must be clearly linked to the objectives of the program to which you are applying)

It is recommended that you complete the following questions in the order listed below:

  1. Outline your Impact Plan (Question 43);
  2. Draw the link between your Project Results and the Impact Plan (Question 45); and
  3. Describe how you will achieve those results through Project Activities (Question 44).
Impact Plan (3-4 pages in length and described in Appendix A)

For this CFP, an Impact Plan outlines a collaborative, multi-partner approach to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation of seniors in a target population. 

Required Impact Plan Components:

  1. Objective: All Impact Plans must have the objective: to measurably reduce the rate of social isolation in a target population. The Impact Plan must specify the target population (e.g. population within a geographic region) their objective applies to.
  2. Outcomes (level of population impact): Impact Plans must contain the planned level of change (%) in the target population for all of the expected outcomes below:
    • the proportion of seniors who have support and help when they need it, as measured by how often they have:
      • someone they can count on to listen to them when they need to talk
      • someone to give them advice about a crisis; and
      • someone to help them when needed
    • the proportion of seniors who participate regularly in activities;
    • the proportion of seniors who feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances; and
    • the proportion of seniors who feel valued by the family, friends and acquaintances with whom they are connected.

    The planned level of change identified for each of the expected outcomes should be determined from an evidence-based assessment of the specific circumstances of the identified target population (e.g. type of population, population size and environmental factors) weighted against the proposed interventions of the Impact Plan.

    For example, the planned level of change for an Impact Plan could be as follows:

    Outcome 1: Increase the proportion of seniors who have support and help when they need it by 30%.
    Outcome 2: Increase the proportion of seniors who participate regularly in activities by 20%.
    Outcome 3: Increase the proportion of seniors who feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances by 25%.
    Outcome 4: Increase the proportion of seniors who feel valued by family, friends and acquaintances by 25%.

    Please include a logical evidence-based rationale to explain how the identified level of change for all four expected outcomes is achievable; this should be determined based on existing data for the target population (or a comparable group).

  3. Theory of Change – the rationale and plan to achieve the impact:
    • Provide a rationale for why the target population group was selected.
    • Demonstrate the series of cause-and-effect relationships between the expected outcomes of any Collaborating Organizations' projects and the expected outcomes and overall objective of the Impact Plan (i.e. how the work of each project in the plan contributes to the overall impact).
    • Outline any gaps in the Impact Plan and how they will be addressed. Gaps are defined as Impact Plan components or activities that the Collaborating Organizations, if applicable, are not currently able to address. If it is necessary to engage additional stakeholders to fill the gaps, indicate how this will be completed.
    • Describe the steps and tools required to measure the Impact Plan's expected outcomes; such as how data will be collected throughout the Impact Plan and the level of change in the target population for all four expected outcomes. This process must measure change in the target population as a whole, not just among seniors who have participated directly in the activities outlined in the Impact Plan.
    • Identify any outcomes of the Impact Plan that will endure after NHSP funding has ended and how it will be achieved.
    • As a final check you may wish to confirm the following points are addressed within your Theory of Change:
      • Who are you seeking to influence or benefit? (target population)
      • What benefits are you seeking to achieve? (outcomes)
      • When will you achieve them? (time period)
      • How will you and others make this happen? (activities, strategies, resources, stakeholders, outputs, etc.)
      • Where and under what circumstances will you do your work? (context)
      • Why do you believe your Impact Plan will result in change? (evidence and assumptions).
  4. Note: Supplementary diagrams and graphics may be submitted for explanatory purposes if desired.

    A diagram to help illustrate the linkages between the individual projects and the Impact Plan’s expected outcomes and overall objective can be found on SeniorsSi.ca.

  5. Collaborating Organizations Please provide a list of Impact Plan Collaborating Organizations if applicable. For questions on collaboration and partnership development please contact Innoweave’s Seniors SI website or enquire by telephone at (613) 777-7858.
    • Impact Plans should briefly (1-2 sentences) describe any Collaborating Organizations’ expertise and what experience they possess working with the target population.
    • In addition, a rationale should be provided to describe why any Collaborating Organizations’ project is instrumental in contributing to the Impact Plan’s outcomes as measured by the four expected outcomes.
    • Within the Impact Plan, please include the following information for any Collaborating Organization:
      • organization name
      • project title
      • project summary
      • which expected outcome(s) it supports.
    • The Impact Plan should also explain how any potential partner(s) (non-Collaborating Organizations) will be contributing to the Impact Plan’s expected outcomes and overall objective (i.e. projects/activities that will contribute to reducing senior social isolation that are not requesting NHSP funding).
  6. Management plan
    • Administration functions
      • Identify the primary contact for the Impact Plan (lead point of contact and key coordinator).
      • Identify management functions necessary to support the Impact Plan being undertaken by Collaborating Organizations or other partners (if applicable). These may include, but are not limited to:
        • communications;
        • coordination; and/or
        • measurement of achieved outcomes including:
          • the collection of baseline data to measure the level of social isolation in the target population before implementation of the Impact Plan, if this data does not already exist; and
          • the ongoing collection of data to measure the progress made in reducing the rate of social isolation in the target population over the length of the Impact Plan in comparison to the baseline data.
      • Indicate who will take on these management functions, and briefly describe why they are most suited for these roles.
  7. Evaluation plan
    This section should describe how you plan to evaluate the Impact Plan process as a means to bring about an intended level of change to a target population (e.g. was the Impact Plan an effective means to coordinate change at a population level?).
  8. Resources
    This section should provide a summary of the costs associated with the Impact Plan. In addition, contributions towards the Impact Plan in the form of cash or in-kind provided by sources other than the federal government (including any Collaborating Organizations) must be detailed in this section.

    Details on the activities related to administrative functions of the Impact Plan (e.g. Impact Plan communications) and costs associated with these activities should be clearly outlined in the Application for Funding and Budget Detail Template of any Collaborating Organization who will be responsible for these administrative functions.

Note

Impact Plans that address the following elements may receive priority consideration:

Ability to serve hard-to-reach seniors who are:

  • Homeless or near homeless;
  • Living with a physical or mental disability;
  • Aboriginal;
  • Newcomers or from ethnocultural communities;
  • Providing caregiving;
  • Living with a low-income;
  • Living in an official language minority community; or
  • Living in rural and remote areas, including Northern regions.
Question 44 - project activities (must be broken down into clear steps)

Project activities are the steps that will be taken to achieve expected project results. Activities should be specific, realistic and relevant to the project objectives and demonstrate how the project outcome(s) will be achieved.

Collaborating Organization project

Applicants must demonstrate the following details:

  • a description of each activity with an explanation of how it relates to project objectives. There should always be a clear link between the project activities and the project objectives;
  • project milestones, timelines and/or duration of the various activities (milestones are significant events or points of progress during the project). These should demonstrate your expected progress and plans to complete the project on time and within budget;
  • clear linkages between the project activities and the project costs outlined in the budget (Section 3B Questions 58 to 61). Costs associated with all identified activities should be reflected in the Budget Detail Template;
  • clearly demonstrate that project activities' contribution to the expected outcomes and overall objective of the Impact Plan; and
  • if applicable, demonstration of cash and/or in-kind contributions, through sources other than the federal government (which can include the applicant's own organization) towards total eligible project costs (for additional points).

Note

If your organization will undertake any activities related to administrative functions in the Impact Plan (e.g. Impact Plan communications) please list details in your Collaborating Organization project application and the associated costs in your Budget Detail Template.

Refer to the Background of this document for additional details on eligible activities and funding objectives related to this CFP.

Question 45 - expected results of the project (must be clearly linked to the project objectives and be specific, concrete and measurable)

Please describe the expected results of your project and how they contribute to the Impact Plan. The expected results of the project must be clearly linked to the project objectives, must be specific, concrete and measurable and also must be defined as outcomes and outputs.

Definitions:

Outputs are direct products or services that will be produced to generate the desired outcomes; several activities could contribute to one output. They answer the question "What will the project produce?" (e.g. a local service guide for senior programs and services). Results are any improvements or changes that your project will make to increase the level of support for seniors. It is important to set measurable results, qualitative or quantitative, so that you can track the success of your project. A good project proposal will clearly define project activities and expected results. List the results you want to achieve, and then determine how you will measure them. This will also assist you in defining your project Results Measurement Indicators (see Question 46 below).

Outcomes are the short-term and intermediate changes that are expected to occur as the result of the project (more than one outcome could be directly related to an objective). They answer the questions "How do we know the project is successful?" and "How do the activities lead to improvements for the beneficiaries"? (e.g. percentage increase of seniors that feel supported.).

Section C - Project details
Question 46 - Does the project include Results Measurement Indicators?
Please describe how you will meet and track the expected results of the project; elements of the Impact Plan's evaluation strategy may be used in your description. Include how the overall success of the project will be measured, monitored and reported after completion.

Result measurement indicators are a way to determine how your project is progressing towards meeting its expected results. It helps connect a project's activities and outputs to its intended outcomes. ESDC uses the information you provide in this section to assess the quality of your application and your capacity to demonstrate results.

Examples of result measurement indicators specific to your project could include (but not limited to):

  • Quantitative and qualitative data on the types and volume of communications material produced.
  • Quantitative data on number of target population reached through program communications materials and outreach efforts.
  • Qualitative data on perceptions of reduced feelings of isolation among target populations.
Question 47 – Does the proposed project fit with your organization's other activities?

If yes, please provide details.

Question 48 - Will any of the project activities be delivered in a different location than where your organization is located?

Please indicate "Yes" or "No". If "Yes", please list the main address first, followed by each additional location.

Question 49 - Is your project designed to benefit or involve people in English or French-language minority communities? If yes, please provide an explanation and any details on whether consultations will take place with these communities?

ESDC is committed to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minorities in Canada by supporting and assisting their development and fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society. Official language minority communities are English-speaking communities established within the province of Quebec and French-speaking communities established outside the province of Quebec.

If your project will involve official language minority communities, you should answer "Yes" to this question and ensure that this is listed and described in your answer to Question 43 - Project Objectives.

Please also identify the linguistic profile of the beneficiaries targeted by the project, document any special needs of the official language minority communities and indicate whether or not they were consulted. The related budgetary items can be identified in Part 3 of the Application.

Answering "No" to this question will not invalidate your application.

Question 50 - Will any other organizations, networks or partners be involved in carrying out the project?
Please list any partner organizations in addition to those included under the Impact Plan (Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 - Project Objectives, 4 - Collaborating Organizations).

A – Provide the following information regarding the organization(s) that support the proposed project:

  • name of the supporting organization; and
  • type of organization (e.g. not-for-profit, publicly funded, etc.).

B – Describe the nature of the partnership with the organization(s) that support the proposed project.

Question 51 - not applicable for this CFP
Question 52 - Does your project include activities that are listed in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's (CEAA) Regulations Designating Physical Activities established under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012?

NB: Applicants need to verify if their proposed activities are listed under the above Act – Please visit Act and List of Regulations to access the list of Regulations Designating Physical Activities.

Please indicate "YES" or "NO".

If the answer is NO - No Environmental Assessment (EA) will be required.

If the answer is YES, then, as per the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, applicant must submit the project description electronically to the CEAA (Preparing a Project Description) for further review. The CEAA will determine if an EA is required based on the project description.

Important: ESDC funding will be conditional upon receipt by ESDC of, as the case may be, CEAA confirmation that an EA is not required or a copy of the completed EA and confirmation that your organization is equipped to appropriately address the EA findings.

Part 3 - Funding

Section 3A - Anticipated sources of contribution

For the purposes of this CFP, Collaborating Organizations are encouraged to obtain cash and/or in-kind contributions provided through sources other than the federal government (which can include the applicant's own organization) towards total eligible project costs. If applicable, these amounts should be reflected in this section.

Question 53 - source name(s)

If applicable, please include the name of the organization(s) that will contribute funds to this project (including ESDC as listed in the table).

Cash and in-kind contributions must be committed to in writing by the contributing party through the provision of a letter containing the information identified as follows:

  • name and contact information of contributing partner organization; and
  • confirmation of committed contribution to the project, including percentage of total project cost.

Each letter must be signed by an authorized authority of the contributing partner (e.g: Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, etc.), attesting that the contributions are readily available if the project is approved.

Other sources include, but are not limited to provincial/territorial/municipal governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, foundations, colleges/universities and Aboriginal governments.

Question 54 - source type

Use the following list to identify the type of anticipated contributor.

Organization Type and Category:

  • Not-for-Profit Associations of workers and/or of employers;
  • Not-for-Profit Local community, charitable, voluntary organization;
  • Not-for-Profit National NGOs;
  • Not-for-Profit Provincial NGOs;
  • Not-for-Profit Union Centres;
  • Public Sector Public community colleges and vocational schools;
  • Public Sector School Board/Other educational institutions not elsewhere classified;
  • Sponsor/organization/recipient; or
  • Other (please specify).
Question 55 - cash

Please include the amount of funding that will be provided.

Question 56 – In-kind

In-kind contributions are non-monetary goods or services that may be contributed to the project by your organization or other organizations or partners for which your organization will not be requesting re-imbursement. In-kind support may include donated equipment, services or facilities necessary for the proposed project that would otherwise have to be purchased.

To be considered valid, in-kind contributions should contribute to the success of the project, and their monetary equivalent estimated at fair market value.

Question 57 – confirmed cash and In-kind

Cash and in-kind contributions should be committed to in writing by the contributing party. Please check (x) if this has been confirmed.

Section 3B - Project budget

Applicants must provide an estimate of the project's costs. ESDC uses the information provided in this section to assess the overall cost of the proposed project, as well as the general nature of the expenditures to be covered by all anticipated sources of funding.

Please use the Budget Detail Template which must be included as part of the application.

Question 58 - cost categories

Please summarize your project budget according to the following cost categories and provide the necessary details in the Budget Detail Template:

  • staff wages and mandatory employment-related costs (MERCs);
  • project costs; and
  • capital assets.

For more details, please refer to the list of eligible costs under Eligibility.

Questions 59 to 61 - ESDC/ other – cash

Please provide the total planned expenditures.

"Other" includes funding from another source (not ESDC).

Section 3C - budget details
Question 62 - associated businesses or individuals

Please check all statements that apply to your planned expenditures of ESDC funding.

In carrying out projects, recipients may have to purchase various goods or services needed to perform the project from contractors. Some recipients may also contract-out with third parties (i.e. outside providers) to perform part of the project activities and aid the recipient to achieve the objectives of the project.

"Associated businesses or individuals" means:

  • an officer, director or employee of your organization;
  • a member of the immediate family of an officer, director or employee of your organization;
  • a business in which an officer, director or employee of your organization, or a member of their immediate family, has a financial interest; or
  • a business which is related to, or associated or affiliated with, your organization.

Project activities must go beyond your organization's normal activities, as NHSP does not fund your organization's core, existing or on-going activities.

Question 63 - capital assets: Will capital assets be among your planned expenditures with ESDC funding? Please indicate Yes or No.

Explain how your project will benefit from the purchase of capital assets. A disposal plan for the capital assets should also be included.

A capital asset is any single or composite asset with a purchase value of more than $1,000 that is not physically incorporated into another product and that remains functional at the end of the project.

A composite asset is a collection of unique assets that form one identifiable functional unit, where all components are required for the asset to be functional. The collection of assets is treated as a single capital asset if the total cost of all individual items together is greater than $1,000 (before taxes).

For example, a personal computer composed of a hard-drive, a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse and cabling is a composite capital asset. Four $300 chairs are not capital assets because each chair is functional on its own and, as single units, fall below the established threshold of $1,000 (before taxes).

Question 64 – not applicable for this CFP

Part 4 - declaration

Please ensure that your application is signed by an official, authorized representative of your organization. People with signing authority are normally one or more of the executive members of the board of directors (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) and employees of the organization (Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Chiefs of Finance or Human Resources).

The Application for Funding must be signed in accordance with the organization's statutes, by-laws or other constituting documents. For example, the President and the Chief Financial Officer may be required to sign all outgoing documents.

Appendix - A

Please use this section to submit your associated Impact Plan (see detailed requirements under Section 2B: Project Description; Question 43 – Project Objectives of this Guide for Applicants).

Checklist

Before sending your completed Application for Funding form, you should ensure that you have included all of the following documents:

  • The application form in its entirety, including a scanned copy of the pages containing signatures;
  • A document from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that includes your organization’s business number with the CRA;
  • A completed Budget Detail Template;
  • An Impact Plan (in Appendix A of the Application for Funding); and
  • If applicable, letters confirming cash and/or in-kind contributions provided through sources other than the federal government (which can include the applicant’s own organization) towards total eligible project costs.

Submit your application

Your application must be submitted by e-mail no later than July 10, 2015 before 11:59 p.m. EST. Applications received after July, 10, 11:59 p.m. EST will be disqualified.

Submit your application to: pnha-nhsp@servicecanada.gc.ca or by mail using the address below.

Note that applications cannot be submitted through other means, including cloud storage service providers such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Applications sent using such means will be rejected. Please sign the appropriate section(s) and provide a scanned image of the page(s).

If you are unable to scan the required sections or any other documents, please mail them to the following address:

Submissions –NHSP
National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
140 Promenade du Portage
Phase IV. 4th Floor- Mail stop 402
Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9

In your email, clearly indicate if further documentation will be forthcoming by mail. For any documents mailed, clearly indicate the organization name and project title.

Notice to applicants

The information collected in your application will be used, and may be disclosed, for the purposes of assessing the merits of your application. As part of the assessment process, the information may be shared with external consultants, review committee members, officials in other departments, federal, provincial and/or territorial governments or members of Parliament.

It may also be used and/or disclosed for policy analysis, research, and/or evaluation purposes. In order to conduct these activities, various sources of information under the custody and control of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) may be linked. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of information will not impact your project.

In the event that the application contains personal information, the personal information will be administered in accordance with the Privacy Act. The application is also subject to the Access to Information Act (ATIA). The ATIA provides every person with a right of access to information under the control of the department, subject to a limited set of exemptions. Instructions for obtaining access to this information are outlined in the government publication entitled Info Source, which is available at InfoSource. Info Source may also be accessed on-line at any Service Canada Centre.

Follow-up after you apply

You will receive an automatic acknowledgment of your application within 24 hours of submitting it by email.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 90 days of the Call For Proposals (CFP) closing date.

Note that not all proposals submitted under this CFP will be approved. Funding is limited and is subject to budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

It should be noted that decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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