FOCUS ON SENIORS: What’s next for the GRCOA?

News Dec 30, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has important plans for the coming year.

This work will be conducted in part with funds received through the City of Brantford grants program. This program, started in 2001 with revenues received from OLG Casino Brantford, is administered by the Brant Community Foundation.  

At the City of Brantford cheque presentation event on Dec. 8, GRCOA received grants from two different streams of funding under this program.

Through the organizational capacity building grant, GRCOA will receive $50,000 over a three-year period to be used to develop long-term sustainability.  

The Council on Aging has created a blueprint designed to ensure it has sufficient annual revenues to cover operating costs in the years to come.

First, GRCOA will implement a sponsorship recognition program. Any business or organization that chooses to financially support the Grand River Council on Aging will be entitled to such benefits as posting their business on the GRCOA website. This will be a win-win situation for both donor and recipient.

Changing the fiscal year to be January to December and applying to the Canada Revenue Agency to receive charitable status are two other strategies. As a charity, GRCOA would be entitled to issue charitable tax receipts in recognition of any donated funds. It would also be eligible to receive grants from organizations such as the Brant Community Foundation or United Way.

In 2016, GRCOA will begin charging for its consultation work. Considered “leaders” throughout the province, the board of directors and employees are all experts in their fields. 

They are often called upon for input, guidance or support. An appropriate fee schedule for all future consultation will contribute to ongoing revenues.  

The remaining $30,000 of the organization capacity building grant – to be received in 2017 and 2018 – will be utilized to develop a donor receipt and recognition system, promote charitable opportunities to the public and develop a large community fundraising event.

Several volunteers have been recruited to form a new sustainability committee. This committee will give leadership to many of these tactics and any other new opportunity to generate revenues that may arise.

The other grant was $10,000 to be used to research an age-friendly assessment tool.

GRCOA is very excited about this project as it will offer every business or organization an opportunity to use an age-friendly filter to evaluate their product and service delivery.

This work will be with Laurier Brantford.

The partnership with Laurier Brantford has been ongoing for some time now. In fact, it was in designing an autobiographical intergenerational writing class that the partners realized how beneficial an assessment tool could be. This tool will be only one of many that will eventually form an “age-friendly accreditation” process.   

The age-friendly filter is based on a number of criteria such as safety, comfort, customer service and visibility.  

This would be a winning scenario for all concerned. The general public would be able to make informed decisions based on the age-friendly criteria, businesses could focus their efforts to attract customers, organizations could effectively deliver services and GRCOA would benefit from the accreditation fees.

The Grand River Council on Aging, using the voice of “lived experience” is dedicated to being aware of all aspects of life in our local communities.

It informs and educates the public, businesses and organizations to assist in the planning, publishing and maintenance of updated age-friendly strategic plans that meet changing needs of the population as it ages. 

The Council on Aging appreciates the decision made by the City of Brantford to utilize gaming revenues in support of our community. Stay tuned for more to come in 2016.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: What’s next for the GRCOA?

Building grants ensure long-term stabilization of council on aging

News Dec 30, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has important plans for the coming year.

This work will be conducted in part with funds received through the City of Brantford grants program. This program, started in 2001 with revenues received from OLG Casino Brantford, is administered by the Brant Community Foundation.  

At the City of Brantford cheque presentation event on Dec. 8, GRCOA received grants from two different streams of funding under this program.

Through the organizational capacity building grant, GRCOA will receive $50,000 over a three-year period to be used to develop long-term sustainability.  

The Council on Aging has created a blueprint designed to ensure it has sufficient annual revenues to cover operating costs in the years to come.

First, GRCOA will implement a sponsorship recognition program. Any business or organization that chooses to financially support the Grand River Council on Aging will be entitled to such benefits as posting their business on the GRCOA website. This will be a win-win situation for both donor and recipient.

Changing the fiscal year to be January to December and applying to the Canada Revenue Agency to receive charitable status are two other strategies. As a charity, GRCOA would be entitled to issue charitable tax receipts in recognition of any donated funds. It would also be eligible to receive grants from organizations such as the Brant Community Foundation or United Way.

In 2016, GRCOA will begin charging for its consultation work. Considered “leaders” throughout the province, the board of directors and employees are all experts in their fields. 

They are often called upon for input, guidance or support. An appropriate fee schedule for all future consultation will contribute to ongoing revenues.  

The remaining $30,000 of the organization capacity building grant – to be received in 2017 and 2018 – will be utilized to develop a donor receipt and recognition system, promote charitable opportunities to the public and develop a large community fundraising event.

Several volunteers have been recruited to form a new sustainability committee. This committee will give leadership to many of these tactics and any other new opportunity to generate revenues that may arise.

The other grant was $10,000 to be used to research an age-friendly assessment tool.

GRCOA is very excited about this project as it will offer every business or organization an opportunity to use an age-friendly filter to evaluate their product and service delivery.

This work will be with Laurier Brantford.

The partnership with Laurier Brantford has been ongoing for some time now. In fact, it was in designing an autobiographical intergenerational writing class that the partners realized how beneficial an assessment tool could be. This tool will be only one of many that will eventually form an “age-friendly accreditation” process.   

The age-friendly filter is based on a number of criteria such as safety, comfort, customer service and visibility.  

This would be a winning scenario for all concerned. The general public would be able to make informed decisions based on the age-friendly criteria, businesses could focus their efforts to attract customers, organizations could effectively deliver services and GRCOA would benefit from the accreditation fees.

The Grand River Council on Aging, using the voice of “lived experience” is dedicated to being aware of all aspects of life in our local communities.

It informs and educates the public, businesses and organizations to assist in the planning, publishing and maintenance of updated age-friendly strategic plans that meet changing needs of the population as it ages. 

The Council on Aging appreciates the decision made by the City of Brantford to utilize gaming revenues in support of our community. Stay tuned for more to come in 2016.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: What’s next for the GRCOA?

Building grants ensure long-term stabilization of council on aging

News Dec 30, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has important plans for the coming year.

This work will be conducted in part with funds received through the City of Brantford grants program. This program, started in 2001 with revenues received from OLG Casino Brantford, is administered by the Brant Community Foundation.  

At the City of Brantford cheque presentation event on Dec. 8, GRCOA received grants from two different streams of funding under this program.

Through the organizational capacity building grant, GRCOA will receive $50,000 over a three-year period to be used to develop long-term sustainability.  

The Council on Aging has created a blueprint designed to ensure it has sufficient annual revenues to cover operating costs in the years to come.

First, GRCOA will implement a sponsorship recognition program. Any business or organization that chooses to financially support the Grand River Council on Aging will be entitled to such benefits as posting their business on the GRCOA website. This will be a win-win situation for both donor and recipient.

Changing the fiscal year to be January to December and applying to the Canada Revenue Agency to receive charitable status are two other strategies. As a charity, GRCOA would be entitled to issue charitable tax receipts in recognition of any donated funds. It would also be eligible to receive grants from organizations such as the Brant Community Foundation or United Way.

In 2016, GRCOA will begin charging for its consultation work. Considered “leaders” throughout the province, the board of directors and employees are all experts in their fields. 

They are often called upon for input, guidance or support. An appropriate fee schedule for all future consultation will contribute to ongoing revenues.  

The remaining $30,000 of the organization capacity building grant – to be received in 2017 and 2018 – will be utilized to develop a donor receipt and recognition system, promote charitable opportunities to the public and develop a large community fundraising event.

Several volunteers have been recruited to form a new sustainability committee. This committee will give leadership to many of these tactics and any other new opportunity to generate revenues that may arise.

The other grant was $10,000 to be used to research an age-friendly assessment tool.

GRCOA is very excited about this project as it will offer every business or organization an opportunity to use an age-friendly filter to evaluate their product and service delivery.

This work will be with Laurier Brantford.

The partnership with Laurier Brantford has been ongoing for some time now. In fact, it was in designing an autobiographical intergenerational writing class that the partners realized how beneficial an assessment tool could be. This tool will be only one of many that will eventually form an “age-friendly accreditation” process.   

The age-friendly filter is based on a number of criteria such as safety, comfort, customer service and visibility.  

This would be a winning scenario for all concerned. The general public would be able to make informed decisions based on the age-friendly criteria, businesses could focus their efforts to attract customers, organizations could effectively deliver services and GRCOA would benefit from the accreditation fees.

The Grand River Council on Aging, using the voice of “lived experience” is dedicated to being aware of all aspects of life in our local communities.

It informs and educates the public, businesses and organizations to assist in the planning, publishing and maintenance of updated age-friendly strategic plans that meet changing needs of the population as it ages. 

The Council on Aging appreciates the decision made by the City of Brantford to utilize gaming revenues in support of our community. Stay tuned for more to come in 2016.