Age-Friendly Communities - CURA

Listed below are some resources which you may find useful in making your community age-friendly.

Becoming an age-friendly community requires assistance from a number of areas to make any changes. To assist communities with becoming age-friendly, we have identified some resources for communities to use as a research starting point. The resources are organized according to the eight age-friendly dimensions and include information from organizations and available grants.

Note: The information and grants identified below are listed as resources only. Information is subject to be changed without notice.
For more detailed information on grants, applications, and criteria communities are encouraged to visit the organizations Web site or contact the individual identified

Outdoor spaces and buildings

Community places program
The Community Places Program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects. Eligible projects are those which provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities.

Grant program information:

Regional offices contact information   

Central Region
225 Wardrop St.
Morden MB R6M 1N4
Ph: 822-5418/1-866-346-5219
Fax: 822-2915

Interlake Region
Box 1519, 62 2nd Ave.
Gimli MB R0C 1B0
Ph: 642-6006/1-866-259-5748
Fax: 642-6080

Norman Region – The Pas
Box 2550, 3rd St. & Ross Ave.
The Pas MB R9A 1M4
Ph: 627-8213
Fax: 627-8236

Westman Region
Rm. 146, 340 9th St.
Brandon MB R7A 6C2
Ph: 726-6066/1-800-259-6592
Fax: 726-6583

Eastman Region
Box 50, 20 1st St. S.
Beausejour MB R0E 0C0
Ph: 268-6018/1-800-665-6107
Fax: 268-6070

Parkland Region
27 2nd Ave. S.W.
Dauphin MB R7N 3E5
Ph: 622-2022
Fax: 638-6558

Norman Region – Thompson
59 Elizabeth Dr.
Thompson MB R8N 1X4
Ph: 677-6780
Fax: 677-6862

Winnipeg Office
3rd Flr. - 213 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3
Ph: 945-0502/1-800-894-3777
Fax: 948-2086


Neighbourhoods Alive!
NOTE: Support from Neighbourhoods Alive! is available to community organizations in designated communities and neighbourhoods in Brandon, Thompson, Portage la Prairie, Dauphin, Selkirk, Flin Flon, and The Pas.

Neighbourhoods Alive! provides community organizations in designated neighbourhoods with the support they need to rebuild these neighbourhoods.
Neighbourhoods Alive! recognizes that often the best ideas for neighbourhood revitalization come from the community itself. The aim of Neighbourhoods Alive! is to support these ideas and goals with funding and planning assistance.

Neighbourhoods Alive! program information:

Neighbourhoods Alive! works with

  • residents;
  • community groups;
  • schools;
  • businesses; and
  • other local organizations


Hometown Manitoba program
Hometown Manitoba is a program under the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) that provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local communities, organizations, cooperatives and businesses that enhance public places and building exteriors. The program also aims to promote unique identities and themes that define a community.

Program information and application forms are available at local government offices or online: 

Government offices: 1-800-567-7334 (toll free) or

Hometown Manitoba offers funding support under three program components:
  • Hometown Meeting Places supports community projects that enhance “main street” areas and public places. Projects may include developing/upgrading/greening outdoor spaces and other enhancements to exterior public and non-profit facilities that are accessible to the general community. These may include outdoor spaces associated with parks, community gathering places, seniors and youth centres, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, libraries, churches, museums, public administration buildings and other similar facilities.
  • Hometown Main Streets Enhancements support projects from non-profit organizations, small businesses and cooperatives that focus on upgrading the appearance of building exteriors, structures and exterior spaces in “main street” areas. Projects may include building facelifts/upgrading, new signage.
  • Tree Planting supports community greening initiatives for rural municipalities and town organizations. Eligible projects include parks, golf courses, or entrances to communities.that reflects a community theme and landscaping enhancements.
Designated Heritage Building Grants
Designated Heritage Building Grants prorgam assists owners of provincially and municipally designated heritage buildings in the restoration, stabilization, preservation, or rehabilitation of these buildings.
Designated Heritage Building Grants information:



Transportation Options Network for Seniors (T.O.N.S.)
T.O.N.S. provides information and resources about transportation options in Manitoba
T.O.N.S. information:

Handivan program
Jane Inouye
Municipal Finance Analyst
Department of Local Government
Municipal Finance & Advisory Services
508-800 Portage Ave.
(204) 945-2569


Manitoba Highway Traffic Act
Highway Traffic Act of Manitoba defines users of motorized mobility aids as "pedestrians"

Dr. Pieter V. Steyn and Dr. Adrienne S. Chan, "Mobility Scooter Research Project"

Power Wheelchairs and User Safety (also MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIRS)
National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering


Home adaptations for seniors' independence program (HASI)
The HASI Program provides financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to carry out minor home adaptations/changes that help low-income seniors experiencing difficulties with daily living activities in the home.

HASI Program information:


Respect and social inclusion

Culture, Heritage, Tourism & Sport—Manitoba
Provides current grants for Recreation:


Social participation

New Horizons for Seniors
Through funding to non-profit organizations, New Horizons for Seniors helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities. There are three kinds of funding: Community Participation and Leadership, Capital Assistance, and Elder Abuse Awareness.

Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through social participation and active living.

New Horizons for Seniors has three types of funding:

  • Community Participation and Leadership Funding provides grant funding up to $25,000 to non-profit organizations for projects that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities by sharing their skills, wisdom and experience and helping to reduce isolation.
  • Capital Assistance Funding provides grant funding of up to $25,000 to non-profit organizations for upgrading community facilities and equipment related to existing programs and activities for seniors.
  • Elder Abuse Awareness Funding provides contribution funding up to $250,000 to non-profit organizations for national or regional projects that raise awareness of the abuse of older adults.
New Horizons for Seniors information:


Communication and information

Community Emergency Preparedness
This website has a list of brochures that address emergency preparedness in a community:


Civic participation and employment

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) offers numerous funding and assistance programs through the Western Diversification Program, including Funding for Business: WD works in partnership with financial institutions and not-for-profit organizations to improve access to funding for small businesses.

Funding for Infrastructure: WD works with provincial and municipal governments, as well as other federal departments, to deliver a wide variety of programs that benefit the West.

Western Economic Diversification Canada information:


Community support and health services

Manitoba Community Services Council Inc. (MCSC)
MCSC allocates funds and/or bingo events to non profit, volunteer community service, social service, recreation, and health-related organizations in Manitoba.

MCSC information:

Community Festivals Support Program
The Community Festivals Support Program provides financial assistance to rural and northern community festivals in Manitoba which are recognized as being signature annual events to support the efforts of volunteers in organizing their community’s signature annual festival or celebration.

Community Festivals Support Program information:   

Manitoba in Motion Grants Manitoba in motion grants are designed to provide funding to help communities and workplaces plan and implement ways to increase regular physical activity among Manitobans of all ages.  

Manitoba in motion offers two types of grants:

  • Manitoba in motion Community Physical Activity Grants
  • Workplaces in motion Physical Activity Grants

Manitoba in motion grant application guidelines:

Social Development Partnerships Program—Disability Component (SDPP-D)
The Social Development Partnerships Program—Disability Component (SDPP-D) seeks to increase the effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector in meeting the social development needs and aspirations of people with disabilities by supporting innovative solutions to remove barriers through improved access to programs and services.

The SDPP-D helps to ensure that people with disabilities benefit from the same quality of life as all Canadians. It supports a wide range of community-based initiatives that provide effective approaches in addressing social issues and barriers that face people with disabilities. SDPP-D provides two kinds of funding to not-for-profit organizations:

  • Social Development Projects
  • Accommodation Fund

SDPP-D information:

Enabling Accessibility Fund
The Enabling Accessibility Fund is part of a $45-million, three-year commitment to expand opportunities for people with disabilities and improve accessibility across Canada. The objective of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is to support community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, reduce barriers and enable Canadians, regardless of physical ability, to participate in and contribute to their community and the economy. Approved projects will have strong ties to and support from their communities.

Two kinds of funding under the Enabling Accessibility Fund are the 

  • Small Projects Enabling Accessibility and
  • Major Projects Enabling Accessibility

Enabling Accessibility Fund information: