Regional Centres Competition

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Please note: the Competition is now CLOSED


  1. The competition will no longer limit the number of awards per geographic region.
  2. The evaluation process has been modified and will now require top-ranked teams to make presentations to a selection committee.


The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is looking to fund at least three Regional Centres for Healthy Aging (RCHA) in spreading the implementation of CFN’s AVOID Frailty Program – a community-driven health intervention that aims to enable uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours among older adults. The selected regional centres will spread the AVOID Frailty Program by engaging and empowering community members and organizations. Additional information about specific aspects of the Centre for Health Aging are available here.

Definition of a Regional Centre for Healthy Aging

A RCHA is comprised of like-minded team of individuals, residing within a defined geographic area, who are dedicated to implementing and promoting a community-based program to encourage older adults to engage in behaviour changes that prevent frailty and promote healthy aging. A RCHA demonstrates evidence of interdisciplinary collaborations and commitment to advancing knowledge dissemination, research, and community engagement to promote a holistic approach to healthy aging. As a leadership node for multisectoral initiatives, a RCHA is responsible for coordinating the implementation and management of the AVOID Frailty Program in a culturally, environmentally, and economically appropriate way that acknowledges and honours the characteristics of community members.

Funded RCHAs will work with CFN to refine their regionally tailored implementation strategies and best practices of the AVOID Frailty Program, which will be informed by CFN’s Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington RCHA currently being developed.


The mission of CFN is to improve care for older adults living with frailty and to support their family and friend caregivers. We do this by increasing recognition, understanding and assessment of frailty, increasing evidence for improved decision making, advocating for improvements to health and social care, educating the next generation of care providers and by engaging with older adults and their caregivers. CFN funds innovative research studies, knowledge translation activities, and develops partnerships focused on frailty. AVOID Frailty was developed by CFN as a public health education campaign to inform older adults of evidence-based strategies that promote healthy aging ( CFN is further investing in this initiative by establishing the AVOID Frailty Program in Kingston, Ontario and surrounding regions (Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Regional Centre for Healthy Aging (The Centre)). The Centre will operationalize each of the five AVOID Frailty components together as a complex public health intervention.



  • Competition re-launch date: September 6, 2022
  • Intent to Apply deadline (not adjudicated): September 12, 2022 – 4 p.m. ET
  • Full Application deadline: October 24, 2022 – 12 p.m. ET
  • Maximum length of funding term: 18 months (funding will not proceed beyond June 30, 2024)


  • A total maximum of $500,000 is available for this entire RFP
  • A single application for a regional centre may request funding to a maximum of $250,000
  • A minimum of two applications will be funded
  • Project payment is tied to milestone progress and progress reporting
  • All CFN funding must be accompanied by applicant matching partner funds at least at a 1:1 ratio. Both cash and in-kind matching partner funds are eligible although cash contributions are weighted higher in project evaluations

Please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) for updated Evaluation Criteria.

Terms & Conditions

By submitting a project proposal, the applicant/organization acknowledges and agrees that CFN has no liability or obligation to any applicant/organization, except to the party (or parties) that is awarded the contract by CFN in its sole discretion. CFN shall be fully and forever released and discharged of all liability and obligations in connection with this grant. CFN reserves the right to cancel this grant at any time without any obligation or reimbursement to organizations.

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