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Call for Proposals


SIIP is inviting community stakeholders in Waterloo Region to submit proposals to fund intergenerational partnership projects that would support social inclusion for older adults living with dementia, and their care partners, while creating experiential learning opportunities for secondary and/or post-secondary aged youth.

Funded projects must involve collaborations between two or more organizations and enable older adults and youth to interact in meaningful ways — sharing skills, expertise and experiences. Intergenerational programs should not only benefit older adults, but also empower youth to be leaders and innovators in the community and contribute to their career development.

SIIP has approximately $1.39 million to distribute to eligible organizations. Up to five projects will be funded for three years, followed by a one-year period during which collaborating organizations will continue to participate in evaluating outcomes while transitioning to a sustainable model of delivery post-funding.

SIIP will fund initiatives that fall into any of the four intervention categories described below:

  • Foundation services, designed to reach isolated individuals living with dementia and their care partners, understand their circumstances and develop a personalized response, and then support them to access appropriate services;
  • Direct interventions, which support and maintain existing relationships, foster and enable new connections, and help people to change their thinking about their social connections;
  • Gateway services, including transportation and technology; and
  • Structural enablers, such as volunteering, asset-based community development, neighbourhood approaches, and positive aging.

Project Objectives

Funding will support initiatives that promote social inclusion for older adults (55+) living with mild to moderate dementia, and their care partners, by creating opportunities to engage with secondary and/or post-secondary aged youth through intergenerational programs and contribute to achieving the following objectives:

  • Incubate new intergenerational partnerships that facilitate cross-sector collaboration;
  • Create new experiential learning opportunities for youth;
  • Improve dementia education in schools and prepare young people to participate in intergenerational programs;
  • Build capacity within collaborating organizations and community partners related to knowledge of dementia, program evaluation, volunteer management, youth engagement, and effective uses of technology to reduce social isolation;
  • Contribute new evidence about effective strategies to reduce barriers and promote social inclusion; and
  • Enable more organizations to focus on social inclusion as a priority.


This section outlines the requirements that will be used to determine the eligibility of your application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm ET.
  • Applications must be submitted by an eligible organization:
    • Not-for-profit organization
    • Coalition, network or ad hoc committee
    • For-profit organization*
    • Municipal government
    • Research organization or institute
    • Educational institution (such as a university, college, school board)
    • Public health or social services organization
    • Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government organizations)
    • Lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2) organization
  • Project activities must take place in Waterloo Region: Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and/or the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich.
  • Proposals must represent propose the collaboration of at least 2 organizations.
  • The project duration is at least 3 years.
  • Requested funding from SIIP is between $50,000 and $500,000.
  • The project contributes to improving the social inclusion of older adults (55+) with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners.
  • The organization has the capacity to manage the project.
  • The application is complete and is presented clearly.
  • Proof of Board approval is required.

*For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program priorities and objectives.

Eligible Activities

SIIP will fund activities that demonstrate an impact on increasing social inclusion for older adults with dementia and their care partners, while presenting opportunities for meaningful interaction with youth. The types of activities that may be eligible are varied and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing partnerships to support opportunities to build intergenerational relationships
  • Adapting approaches to policies and tools to more effectively attract, recruit, retain youth and older adult with dementia volunteers
  • Activities facilitating the sharing of knowledge, skills and experiences of older adults and youth with one another
  • Building intergenerational and intercultural learning opportunities

As well as the areas of focus identified by the community to date:

  • Identifying socially isolated older adults in the community, especially those not currently connected with programs and supports.
  • Supporting social inclusion of older adults through the use technology.
  • Contributing to a deeper understanding of the unique (heightened) challenges faced by older adults living with dementia and their care partners.

Application Process

In order to support organizations to develop high-quality applications, the backbone team will be available to support applicants where possible, with partnership building and proposal development throughout the call for proposals period.

Application Documents

Download the SIIP funding application guide and application form for more information.


All dates are subject to change.

  • Call for proposals
    • Application window is now open
    • Application window opens: October 16, 2020
  • SIIP funding information webinar: September 18, 2020
  • Successful applicants notified: November 16, 2020
  • Anticipated start date for funded projects: November 30, 2020

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals are due on October 16, 2020 at by 11:59 pm ET.

Proposals may be submitted by email to the SIIP project manager, Neb Zachariah, by email (neb.zachariah@uwaterloo.ca) or by mail to:

SIIP Funding Application
Research Institute for Aging
250 Laurelwood Drive
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 0E27