Province’s program will help improve the lives of older adults
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2021
SIMCOE — The Ontario government is investing $5 million in the 2021-22 Seniors Community Grant program to help enable municipalities and local organizations to deliver programs for older adults to stay active in their communities.
““I encourage senior’s organizations and individuals across Haldimand and Norfolk to apply,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “The Ontario Seniors Community Grant program goes a long way to keep older people safe and active.”
This funding is an increase of $1 million from last year’s grants, allowing the province to help more grass-roots organizations positively impact the lives of older adults.
The Seniors Community Grant program focuses on projects that align with four pillars which help improve the lives of older adults in the province:
- Enabling Aging- at-Home and in Communities
- Safety and Security
- Remaining Healthy, Active and Socially Engaged
- Participating in the Labour Market and Economy.
“The Seniors Community Grant program helps enrich the lives of older Ontarians by helping them combat social isolation and anxiety through safe and community-based activities, many of them being virtual during the pandemic,” said Minister Cho. “These grants recognize and empower the incredible work being done in communities across Ontario to help our seniors live active, safe and connected lives.”
Successful applicants will receive a grant of between $1,000 and $25,000 to provide programs, learning and social opportunities for older adults to safely enjoy as Ontario continues to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning Friday, June 11th, applicants can apply through Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at Ontario.ca/GetFunding. The deadline for all applications is July 15, 2021 at 5PM EST.
- The Seniors Community Grant program was established in 2014 and has provided more than 2,000 grants benefitting older Ontarians.
- Older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic, and by 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
- Research indicates that 80% of older adults prefer to age in their homes and communities and will require a range of supports to meet their unique needs and circumstances.
For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]