Applications now open for Ontario Seniors Community Grants

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

There’s money out there to be had by community organizations, as long as what they’re planning on funding is aimed at seniors.

The Government of Ontario announced yesterday, February 20, 2024, that its Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program is open for applications. The grant supports local, not-for-profit community groups and organizations in order for them to deliver programs and learning opportunities for Ontarians aged 55 and older. As seniors are Ontario’s fastest growing demographic, the government aims to keep aging Ontarians as healthy and involved within their communities.

“Throughout their lives, seniors have helped build and contribute to Ontario’s quality of life and these community grants provide them with new ways to engage with their local communities to promote physical, mental and social well-being,” the release states.

Raymond Cho, the province’s minister for Seniors and Accountability said Ontario is committed to supporting seniors’ health and wellness through the funding.

“Our government is keeping our seniors safe, active and socially connected,” Cho said.

“That’s why we’re proud to provide support through the Seniors Community Grant Program, which gives so many people the opportunity to learn new skills, socialize and take part in community life.”

The province states that it distributes hundreds of grants from the Seniors Community Grant Program each year, with grant amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 each. The funding allows community groups in Ontario to offer “a wide variety of activities that help seniors to live independently, ensure their safety and security, connect them to their community, avoid isolation and help them achieve greater financial security and social connections.”

According to the release, some of the activities and services that fall within those bounds have included:

  • fitness and nutrition classes aimed at keeping seniors active, healthy and socially connected to their community
  • opportunities for community engagement like book clubs and technology training seminars, aimed at reducing social isolation and increasing volunteerism
  • increasing access to information through initiatives such as free lectures and supports for health prevention and promotion.

The applications for the 2024-25 season are open now through to March 28, 2024. Community organizations who are interested in applying for a grant can visit Ontario.ca/getfunding for more information. Applicants will require a My Ontario account to proceed.

Approximately $6-million in funding was given to 280 Seniors Community Grants in 2023.