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Technology Call for Proposals


Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) is a 5-year (2019-2024) collective impact project to reduce social isolation among community-dwelling older adults living with mild to moderate dementia, and their care partners, in Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Through funding provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging has identified four community-based projects to create a network working towards the common goal of promoting social inclusion through intergenerational partnerships in the community.

At this time of limitations to physical connections, technology has been identified as an effective means to keep individuals connected while remaining safe. However, relying on technology does create barriers to access for some members of our community. With this funding we will ensure equitable access to SIIP programs for all in the Waterloo Region.

SIIP is inviting community stakeholders in Waterloo Region to submit proposals for initiatives that contributes to improving access to technology or capacity to utilize technology to access SIIP funded programs. SIIP has $90,000 to distribute. One initiative will be funded for three years, followed by one year of continued participation in evaluating outcomes while transitioning to a sustainable model of delivery post-funding.

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 March 19, 2021.
  • 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
  • The project duration is at least 3 years
  • 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 an initiative contributes to improving access to technology or capacity to utilize technology to access SIIP funded programs. The types of activities that may be eligible are varied and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing resources to support use of technology to access programs.
  • Developing or expanding existing technologies to support access programs.
  • Adapting approaches and/or tools to more effectively support older adults living with dementia or youth to participate in programs.
  • Activities facilitating the sharing of knowledge, skills and experiences of older adults and youth with one another.
  • Provision of devices or increasing infrastructure capacity to access programs.

Application Process

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

Application Documents

For more information, download the SIIP technology funding application guide.


All dates are subject to change.

  • Call for proposals
    • Application window is now open
    • Application window opens: March 19, 2021
  • Successful applicants notified: April 12, 2021

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals are due on March 19, 2021 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