The Ontario government is providing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program, a significant increase over last year.
This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors' safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly.
This year's grants will range from $1,000 to $100,000 and will fund projects that will:
Help older individuals and couples receive the support they need in their community;
Ensure seniors are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, and that their rights and dignity are protected;
Ensure more older adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation; and,
Provide more opportunities for older adults in employment and volunteering, achieving greater financial security and engagement within the community.
In the past, the Seniors Community Grant Program has supported community-based activities like seniors' fitness classes, lawn bowling, brain fitness activities, multicultural dance, along with a public education and awareness campaign that challenges the myths and stereotypes that portray older adults as frail, out-of-touch, technologically illiterate, and no longer employable.
The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program is now open and will close on August 7, 2020. Unincorporated and incorporated not-for-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups must submit applications to Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at Ontario.ca/GetFunding.
DID YOU ALSO KNOW?
Since the Seniors Community Grant Program was established in 2014, nearly 1,900 grants have been provided, which have positively impacted the lives of more than half a million seniors.
By 2023, there will be three million Ontarians over the age of 65. Older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic.
Questions about the program can be answered by contacting the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility: email: firstname.lastname@example.org; toll free: 1-833-SCG-INFO (1-833-724-4636); TTY (for the hearing impaired): 1-800-387-5559; fax: 416-326-7078.