The Centre on Aging invites applications for Age-friendly University Initiatives (July 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) from full-time University of Manitoba faculty and staff in academic and administrative units.

Thank you to all those who applied. The application process is now closed.


The purpose of providing grants through this program is to enhance the age-friendliness of the University of Manitoba (UM). In 2016, the UM was the first University in Canada to endorse the principles of an Age-friendly University (AFU), as developed by Dublin City University, and hence joined a global network of age-friendly universities. For more information on AFU at UM and the principles of an AFU, see the AFU Hub. A grant of up to $15,000 is available for each funded project.


All full-time faculty and staff in academic and administrative units at the University of Manitoba are invited to apply. Proposals must be reviewed and endorsed by the applicable Dean/Director/University Librarian/Administrative Unit Head prior to submission. If more than one unit is involved (e.g., partnership between units), signatures from all associated Dean/Director/University Librarian/Administrative Unit Heads are required, and a lead unit identified to receive the funds and be responsible for reporting.

Applications are encouraged to align with the principles of AFU and the use of appropriate and respectful language when describing older adults (see ‘Terminology’ below).

Possible projects could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing new courses for graduate and undergraduate students in degree programs at the UM
  • Developing micro-credentials, minors or concentrations related to aging
  • Developing programs or services for older adults in the community to engage with UM 
  • Initiatives focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion related to age
  • Accessibility projects
  • Creating workshops
  • Inter-generational activities

Projects will be assessed for their feasibility, sustainability and novelty. Applications will be reviewed by members of the Age-friendly University Committee as well as the Centre on Aging Advisory Board.

Projects that cut across units are encouraged, although one unit would be the lead unit and be responsible for the funds received. Projects are also encouraged to receive additional funding or in-kind support from their units. Funding is for new projects and not existing programs or services.

If the project is a research project, ethics approval will be required prior to the release of funds.

Conditions of award

One-time funding is available to support projects or serve as seed funding for initiatives that will continue to be funded by the unit. Cost-shared initiatives are welcomed. All funding must be spent by March 31, 2022.

The following expenses will be considered eligible for funding received through this funding opportunity:

  • Project or contract positions and/or teaching buyout to explore the development of program and curriculum enhancements
  • Artistic and design inclusion projects
  • Development of education workshops and conferences
  • Expenses relating to the promotion and development of partnership strategies
  • Costs associated with planning;
  • Fees or honoraria for the preparation of background documents (e.g., environmental scan, market reports and analysis);
  • Travel and accommodation for participants;
  • Meeting rooms and associated meeting costs (e.g., audio-visual equipment, videoconferences);
  • Hospitality costs (non-alcoholic refreshments or meals);
  • Modest honoraria (up to $200) for each guest lecturer;
  • The Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2 - Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada) recognizes the importance of respecting the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples and acknowledges the necessity to incur expenditures in that regard in the conduct of research. As such, the Centre on Aging considers these expenditures eligible for payment from the grant holder’s grant funds (with appropriate backup documentation); 
    • Costs related to community mobilization and engagement, including culturally relevant promotional items such as, tobacco, cloth, and cash reimbursements (in a method acceptable to the individual or community being reimbursed) to compensate community participation; and
    • Contracts and/or consultant fees for knowledge translation and communication activities for Elders, community members, and other Knowledge Holders involved in activities related to the Indigenous community.

The program, however, does not provide funding for: 

  • major capital expenditures related to renovations or additions to the physical infrastructure
  • conference travel;
  • research equipment purchase, rental, or servicing;
  • publication or page charges;
  • visiting professorships/lectureships;
  • start-up and bridge/emergency support; or
  • operating costs of ongoing research projects

The maximum level of support per application is $15,000 that must be spent by March 31, 2022. 

It is expected that at least one member of each funded project will be required to attend monthly meetings of those who are funded so that lessons learned can be shared between projects. All funded projects will be required to provide a presentation at the Centre on Aging Spring Research Symposium in May 2022.

A final written report describing the project accomplishments during the period of the Age-friendly University Initiatives Fund must be submitted by May 31, 2022. It is expected that the Centre on Aging’s support is acknowledged, as appropriate in any publications, reports or public communications.


Priority will be given to the following:

  1. An initiative that will further the University’s commitment to one or more of the 10 Age-friendly University principles. 
  2. A project that will result in sustainable benefits to faculty, staff, and/or students, and/or communities.
  3. A project that includes outcome-based criteria that will be used to evaluate the project’s success.
  4. A project that is most likely to achieve a large impact at either the local or the institutional level relative to the funding investment.
  5. A project that represents an innovative new or substantially modified activity.
  6. A project that can achieve the desired outcomes in a limited duration, or at least provide a pilot/test of a new program. For ongoing initiatives, applicants must attest to long-term funding plans.
  7. A proposed budget that is reasonable, justified, and aligned with the objectives of the project.
  8. Projects that are a collaboration between units/faculties/colleges/ school/libraries.

Application process

Applications must include:

  • a completed PDF fillable application form (with attachments if applicable);
  • Dean/Director/University Librarian/Administrative Unit Head to review and approve proposal(s) and electronically sign off.
  • Dean/Director/University Librarian/Administrative Unit Head to submit complete electronic applications via email to Nicole Dunn, Associate Director, Centre on Aging by June 4, 2021 at 4 pm.


The Centre on Aging expects the use of appropriate and respectful language when describing older adults. Please refer to the following document for language recommendations: 

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be vetted and ranked by a committee made up of members of the Age-friendly University Committee as well as the Centre on Aging Advisory Board. Decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • clarity and alignment of the proposed activities and scope with the objectives of the Age-friendly University Initiatives Fund;
  • likely impact of the anticipated outcomes;
  • likelihood that the proposed activities will lead to a sustainable project beyond the Age-friendly University Initiatives Fund;
  • ability of the project team to carry out the proposed project (appropriateness of project approach and team credentials);
  • appropriate budget and justification for amount requested.

Final reporting

Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report that outlines the project’s accomplishments, an overview of the outcomes/benefits, a financial summary and, if applicable, the sustainability of the project by May 31, 2022. It is expected that the Centre on Aging’s support is acknowledged, as appropriate.

All funded projects will be required to provide a presentation at the Centre on Aging Spring Research Symposium in May 2022.

Contact information

Dr. Michelle Porter, Director Centre on Aging
Email: coaman@umanitoba