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Call for Applications--Seniors Community Grants, Ontario Seniors' Secretariat

Deadline March 4, 2016

Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2016 Seniors Community Grant Program to help more seniors stay active and engaged in their communities:

The province is investing $2 million to support not-for-profit community projects that increase volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors. Projects that have previously been funded by the grant program include:

  • programs that enhance financial literacy,
  • health and nutrition promotional programs including dance classes for seniors,
  • cultural day trips,
  • and conversational Ojibwe classes for Aboriginal seniors and children.

Launched in 2014, the Seniors Community Grant Program aims to reduce social isolation that can have negative effects on seniors' quality of life. Since its launch, the program has supported 544 projects, helping close to 116,000 seniors participate in their communities.

Keeping seniors engaged is part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Applications are open between November 30, 2015 and March 4, 2016. Applications for projects aimed at the planning and promotion of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 will also be considered.
  • Individuals representing non-incorporated seniors groups, incorporated not-for profit organizations, municipalities, Local Service Boards and Aboriginal groups are eligible to apply for Seniors Community Grants.
  • Reduced social contact is associated with a lower quality of life among seniors and with a number of negative outcomes, such as poor health and depression.
  • The Seniors Community Grant Program is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors:

Visit our website for more information and additional resources including

  • Applications and guidelines for the 2016 Seniors Community Grant Program.
  • 2015-16 Seniors Community Grant recipients
  • Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
  • Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat