Improving Community Supports for SeniorsPublished on May 21, 2019
Program will help seniors stay active, healthy and safe
Seniors in Ontario want to remain healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities.For many seniors on a fixed income, it is hard for them to access affordable programs and services. Ontario is protecting what matters most to our seniors by announcing funding for projects that will provide local supports and services for seniors.
The Government of Ontario is investing $3 million for the Seniors Community Grant Programto provide grants to hundreds of non-profit community organizations across the province to co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs for seniors. Starting May 17, 2019 until June 27, 2019, community groups are invited to apply for funding from $1,000 up to $25,000.
"At the current rate of growth, Ontario's senior population is increasing by over 100,000 people every year. Seniors built this province and our government is committed to helping seniors live independent, healthy, active and engaged lives." said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. "We are working with non-profit organizations, community groups and municipalities to support projects that help seniors stay connected to their communities, access programs or volunteer."
Minister Cho added that this year's program is designed to better support the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities. "We are looking to promote projects that prevent social isolation and elder abuse," said Minister Cho.
Larger incorporated organizations can also now access a "one-window" application service through Grants Ontario. This portal will better serve applicants, streamline the process, allow for regular reporting and will provide a better application experience.
"Our government is working for the people to make Ontario one of the best places to play sports and be physically active," said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "Physical activity improves physical, emotional and cognitive functions at any age — that is why we are working to ensure Ontarians across the province stay active and engaged."
- The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opens on May 17, 2019.
- By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
- Active aging brings positive health benefits including reduced risk of dementia, anxiety and depression.