CORNWALL — Seniors in Ontario want to remain healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities. Seniors deserve to be engaged with and to live independently with dignity in their homes for as long as they can. For many seniors on a fixed income, it is hard for them to access affordable programs and services. The Ontario government aims to protect what matters most to our seniors by announcing funding for projects that will provide local supports and services for seniors.
The Seniors Community Grant Program will invest up to $3 million in grants to partner with non-profit community organizations and municipalities across the province to coordinate and deliver local supports and programs to seniors in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (SDSG). Starting May 17, until June 27, 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.”
Cho added that this year’s program is designed to better support the unique needs of seniors living in under-serviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities. “We are looking to promote projects that prevent social isolation and elder abuse,” Cho said.
“The Seniors Community Grant Program is a great opportunity for seniors in SDSG to be more active and engaged. The funding will help seniors access more local programming and services that will benefit their wellbeing,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for SDSG. “We also know that when seniors are engaged and involved in their communities, they are less likely to suffer from social isolation and elder abuse. That is why this support is vital to seniors and their families in our community.”
Larger incorporated organizations can also now access a “one-window” application service through Grants Ontario. This website will handle application intake, review, and reporting that help make the program more efficient.
- The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opens on May 17.
- 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.
- 30 percent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Social isolation is a key risk factor for elder abuse, hospitalization and re-admission among older adults.
- General questions about the program can be answered by calling 1-833-SCG INFO (1-833-724-4636) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.