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Helping Seniors Stay Engaged and Connected to their Communities

Ontario Accepting Applications for New Seniors Community Grant Program

Seniors' Secretariat

Ontario is now accepting applications from not-for-profit community groups to fund projects that help seniors stay connected and involved in their community by encouraging greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement.

The Seniors Community Grant Program is the province's first grant program dedicated solely to seniors and will fund projects that provide seniors with opportunities to connect, contribute, learn and lead active lives. This could include courses for seniors on financial literacy and community events.

Helping seniors stay active in their communities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
  • The Seniors Community Grant Program will range from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life.
  • Applications and guidelines are now available at the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario.

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Mario Sergio

“Working with community partners our government is addressing the problem of social isolation among seniors. Through the Seniors Community Grant Program we are keeping seniors connected to their communities.”

Mario Sergio

Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

“The Seniors Community Grant Program will have a meaningful impact in our communities. Through these grants, seniors focused organizations can help foster volunteerism, social inclusion and learning activities.”

Sue Hesjedahl

Executive Director, Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario

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