The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)’s Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) program is looking to fund projects in Waterloo Region that support older adults living with dementia and their care partners by connecting them with high school and post-secondary aged young adults in meaningful ways.
The SIIP project, funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, is offering funding to organizations and community groups looking to start or expand their intergenerational programming. Over the next four years, the project hopes to work with these organizations, connecting older adults and secondary and post-secondary aged young adults and encouraging them to build connections — sharing skills, expertise and experiences — that will not only benefit older adults, but will also create learning opportunities for youth that contribute to career development and empower them to be leaders and innovators in the community.
SIIP aims to fund one to five projects with budgets of between $50,000 and $500,000. Each project funded must be a partnership between two organizations working together to connect generations. Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2020, and successful applicants will be notified by November 16, 2020.
“With this project we aim to support isolated older adults in Waterloo Region, many of whom have experienced a deeper form of social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic” says Josie d’Avernas (photo), Executive Director of the RIA. “By making these beneficial intergenerational connections, we are supporting health and wellness for our older adults, and education and experience for our younger community members.”
A webinar has been set-up to answer questions and provide information on the call for proposals process. Individuals interested in learning more are encouraged to join on September 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Registration is required. Visit the SIIP website for more information.
Organizations and community groups with ideas for projects are encouraged to apply for this funding.
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