Ford Government Doubles Investment In Seniors Initiatives Across Ontario
The Ontario government is doubling its Seniors Community Grant Program funding since 2018 by investing a record $6 million in 2022-23 for seniors-based projects that help Ontario’s seniors stay safe, healthy, active, and connected to families and friends in their communities.
Applications are open now until April 28, 2022, at Ontario.ca/getfunding for community organizations, municipalities, and Indigenous organizations to apply for funding for various programs and services across the province that empower seniors to continue being active participants in their community.
“This year we are investing more than ever before into the hugely successful Seniors Community Grant Program so that dozens of more initiatives can be supported,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “I encourage community groups here in Mississauga and all across Ontario to apply for a Seniors Community Grant to help safely bring seniors together to learn new skills, socialize and keep fit.”
Funding ranges from $1,000 up to $25,000 for local projects and each year Seniors Community Grants support hundreds of diverse, accessible, and innovative activities that provide something for everyone – from Tai Chi lessons, lawn bowling, and other physical activities, to arts and music appreciation, to virtual speakers’ series, day trips, and so much more.
“I want to first congratulate the Kang Nai Xin Senior Association, the Sawitri Theatre Group, and the Church of St. Mary & St. Athanasius recipient, all of whom received funding from our government’s Seniors Community Grant Funding,” said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre. “We all recognise that seniors across Ontario have contributed so much over the course of their lives to make our province the place we know and love today. As the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Francophone Affairs, I look forward to continuing to work with Francophone community stakeholders to ensure that French-speaking seniors remain supported in communities across Ontario.”
Throughout their lives, seniors have helped build and contribute to Ontario’s quality of life. Seniors Community Grants provide them with new ways to engage with their local communities to promote physical, mental, and social well-being.