The province 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.
“It’s incredibly important to ensure our seniors have the supports they need to live full, rich and socially active lives, especially during this pandemic,” Premier Doug Ford said. “Many have been staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As the province gradually reopens, this funding will go towards establishing virtual seniors’ tours, offering programs to combat elder abuse and developing age-friendly communities through initiatives like making outdoor spaces more accessible for seniors.”
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.
“The past several months have been difficult for seniors, as many have stayed home in self isolation to help prevent the virus from spreading,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “Through the Seniors Community Grant Program, our older adults will be getting out more to take part in various activities. When going out, seniors must continue to follow public health advice and practice physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, wash hands frequently, and stay home when ill. This is the best way to keep everyone safe.”
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.