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Provincial Assisted Transportation Project Funding

Phase 1

Communities selected by Healthy Aging Alberta for Phase 1 of the Provincial Assisted Transportation Project were identified through several criteria. Emphasis was placed on rural communities whose older adult population was high needs compared to provincial averages. Healthy Aging Alberta researched, reviewed census data, conducted community conversations, and consulted information that is readily available about each community (ex. Community webpage). Organizational alignment with the selection criteria, readiness to implement and/or expand a transportation project quickly was also factored into the decision-making process.

Following a comprehensive collaborative review process over eight months, seven communities across the province were selected to receive funding for the first phase of this project. We are happy to share the Phase 1 funding recipients:

  • Barrhead $275,487
  • Crowsnest Pass $216,652
  • Edson $275,660
  • Fox Creek $185,045
  • Oyen $242,000
  • MD of Smoky River $286,933
  • Sundre $147,504

Phase 2: Request for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Introduction

A growing number of older adults who want to live in their own homes face barriers to accessing the non-medical services they need to live independently in the community, including accessible and affordable transportation.

As a Social Determinant of Health, transportation affects almost every other determinant because it impacts access to needed services including medical, social, and basic needs. It has been identified by the World Health Organization as one of the eight domains of action for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

With investment from the Government of Alberta, and working collaboratively with the Ministry of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Healthy Aging Alberta (HAA) is offering funding to support the delivery of community-based assisted transportation services for older adults and persons with mobility issues living in rural Alberta. This project will see local community organizations and partnerships deliver innovative assisted transportation services to older adults in their rural communities that promote access to medical and social services essential for their well-being.

This multi-year funding will allow for a sustainable approach to be developed in rural communities. This project allows early recipients of funding in Phase 1 to act as mentors in a Community of Practice for organizations onboarded in this next Phase 2.

Scope

This opportunity is open to qualified community-based senior-serving (CBSS) organizations, Family and Community Support Services offices, and municipalities with the capacity to introduce new or expand on the delivery of innovative assisted transportation services for older adults and persons with mobility issues living in rural Alberta. Non-profit organizations without charity status are eligible to apply. There will be additional process documents required for those without qualified donee/charitable status.

Project implementation for Phase 2 projects will begin August 1, 2024, and end March 31, 2026.

Applicants can apply for funding of transportation activities with a budget maximum of $175,000 inclusive of direct and administrative costs.

In addition to providing transportation services, organizations will be expected to:

  • Participate in a Community of Practice convened by Healthy Aging Alberta.
  • Work with Healthy Aging Alberta and its selected evaluation partner to develop a common measurement framework and collect results indicators.
  • This project will be informed by the Healthy Aging Framework.

Program Selection Methodology

Organizations are encouraged to provide information about the transportation needs of older adults in their specific communities as a part of the Expression of Interest (EOI) and describe how this project will lead to increased access to medical and social services.

Phase 2 EOI’s will be shortlisted based on the following required criteria:

  • Rural areas with established non-transit transportation services.
  • Demonstrated community need for assisted transportation services.
  • Density of seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Rural communities with a high percentage of low-income seniors.
  • Demonstrated gap in service within the community.
  • Demonstrated capacity within the community to expand, evolve, or establish assisted transportation programming, focusing on programs with solid sustainability plans.
  • Evidence of past success serving this population.
  • An innovative approach to service delivery that is focused on collaboration and working in partnership with both community organizations and for-profit services to meet needs.
  • Ability to implement evaluation measures to demonstrate results as informed by the Healthy Aging Framework
  • Capacity and willingness to be an active participant in a Transportation Community of Practice for the duration of the funding.
  • Capacity to participate in a broader conversation about transportation across the province.

Program Selection Process

The program selection process will take place in two parts:

  1. An open call for high-level Expression of Interests (EOIs) from which potential funding recipients will be shortlisted based on the identified criteria.
  2. Shortlisted organizations will be invited to submit comprehensive funding applications including detailed program design, collaboration partners, evaluation approach, and project budget.

The application review process will be led by HAA staff and informed by community experts who have experience evaluating proposals within the funding opportunity objectives.

To avoid any possible conflicts of interest, members of the Community Leadership Council for Healthy Aging Alberta (HAA) will not be involved in any part of the EOI or application review process. In addition, Regional Community Developers will not be involved in scoring EOI’s or applications from their respective regions.

Following the selection of the shortlisted organizations from EOI submissions, Regional Community Developers with HAA will reach out to all organizations to provide support working through the application process.

Process and Timelines

ActivityPhase 2 – Timelines
Expressions of Interest
Open Call for Expressions of Interests
January 15 – February 9, 2024
Expressions of Interest Submission Deadline11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, February 9, 2024
Shortlisted EOIs informedFebruary 28, 2024
Applications
Regional Community Developers support eligible organizations through a full application process
March 4 – April 12, 2024
Formal Applications Submission Deadline11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, April 12, 2024
Applications are reviewed by Healthy Aging Alberta, representatives from the Ministry of Seniors, Community and Social Services, and local community representatives.April 15 – May 10, 2024
Successful applicants are informedJune 3, 2024
Funding disbursement occursJuly 30, 2024
Service Delivery Implementation
Data collection begins to inform interim and final reporting
August 1, 2024 – March 31, 2026
Reporting

Program Update
Interim Report
Final Report

March 2025
October 2025
April 2026

Inquiries

Please join us for an online Q&A session regarding the process on Thursday, January 18 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST. To confirm your attendance, please register HERE.

Following the Q&A session, for additional questions or clarification, please email [email protected].

Submission Procedure

Please submit finalized EOI form electronically in Word Document format by 11:59 PM MST on Friday, February 9, 2024 to:

Healthy Aging Alberta
Email: [email protected]
Subject: Provincial Assisted Transportation Project – NAME OF ORGANIZATION APPLYING

Submission Form: Phase 2 EOI FORM

Glossary of Terms

Allied Partners: Other sectors and systems partners such as government, health, justice, and business.

Collaborative: Intentional partnerships working together towards a common agenda. For the purpose of this EOI, at minimum collaboratives should be engaged in working together to achieve a common purpose or outcome while sharing certain resources, building each other’s capacity and reporting on common outcomes.

Community-Based Senior Serving (CBSS) organizations: Non-profit or public organizations that provide non-medical home and community supports to seniors. For profit businesses are not included in the scope of this funding.

Low Income: $31,080 or less per year as an individual or $50,720 for a couple This comes from the Alberta Seniors Benefit income levels. The Alberta Seniors Benefit is a program that supports low income older adults to assist with living expenses and home supports. Healthy Aging Alberta refers to the LIM-AT (low-income measure after tax) from Statistics Canada when looking at low income census data for communities.

Non-profit organization: A non-profit organization is an association, club, or society that is operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit. It is not a charity. No part of the organization’s income can be payable to or available for the personal benefit of any proprietor, member, or shareholder, unless the recipient is a club, society, or association whose primary purpose and function is to promote amateur athletics in Canada.

Non-transit transportation: Transportation in rural and remote areas that is not identified as public transit by the municipality.

Partnership: An ongoing intentional relationship, where trust is a foundational principle, and the risks and rewards are shared.

Qualified Donee: A qualified donee is an organization that can issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives from individuals and corporations. It can also receive gifts from registered charities.

Remote community: greater than 200 kilometres from a Metro or Urban centre.

Rural community: communities up to 200 kilometres from a Metro or Urban centre.

Subsidy: The amount that your program would cover for older adults who are not able to afford the full advertised cost (fare) of your transportation program. Subsidy does not refer to the operational cost of running a transportation program versus the cost that is charged to individuals accessing the program (the fare). Subsidy refers to the amount that your program would provide to support accessibility to low income older adults.
For example: The one way cost of a transportation program is $10, the subsidized cost for low income older adults is $5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals are not eligible for this funding. The purpose of this funding is to better enhance the ability and capacity of community-based senior serving organizations in supporting older adults through transportation projects.

This funding opportunity is open to qualified community-based senior-serving (CBSS) organizations, Family and Community Support Services offices, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. Private businesses cannot apply for funding; however, community organizations may choose to work in partnership with private businesses to deliver their assisted transportation project.

No, eligible organizations must be in rural and remote communities in Alberta.

Please review the full details of this funding opportunity as laid out on this page, paying particular attention to the sections: Scope, Program Selection Methodology, and Program Selection Process.

Community-based, senior-serving, non-profit organizations without charity status are eligible to apply for Provincial Assisted Transportation Funding. There will be additional process documents required for those without charity status. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

CBSS organizations that submit Expressions of Interest will be scored points based on alignment with the Program Selection Methodology, the clarity and feasibility of the offering(s), and regional need. First-time applicants are encouraged to reach out to their Regional Community Developer to discuss their EOI prior to submission. To avoid any possible conflicts of interest, members of the Community Leadership Council for Healthy Aging Alberta (HAA) will not be involved in any part of the EOI or application review process. Please see Program Selection Methodology and Program Selection Process for more info.

Shortlisted EOIs will be informed February 28, 2024. Following the selection of the shortlisted organizations from EOI submissions, Regional Community Developers with Healthy Aging Alberta will reach out to all organizations to provide support working through the application process. Please review our Process and Timelines table.

Please join us for an online Q&A session regarding the process on Thursday, January 18, 2024, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST. To confirm your attendance, please register here.

Both existing programs and new programs are eligible to apply, provided you fall within the other funding criteria (please see above).

Older adults are individuals who are 55 years of age or older.

Yes, municipalities that are considered registered qualified donees by the CRA are eligible to apply. The list of municipalities is available here.

The maximum funding amount of $175,000 is the total for the entire project. The project is from August 1, 2024 – March 31, 2026.

Funding can be used for the purchase of vehicles, vehicle maintenance, fuel, volunteer coordination activities, transportation coordination activities, staffing (drivers, coordinators), and subsidies to promote accessibility. If you have specific questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Yes, you would be eligible. Communities that have a current public transit program are not eligible to apply for this funding. If you have specific questions, please contact us at [email protected].

No, communities that have a public transit program are not eligible to apply for this funding. If you have specific questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Elijah BeaverProvincial Assisted Transportation Project Funding – Healthy Aging Alberta