Program Will Help Seniors Stay Healthy, Active and Safe
BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO: Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka announced today that the new 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 co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs to seniors. Community groups are invited to apply for funding from $1,000 up to $25,000. Applications are due by June 27, 2019.
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.
With a large and growing senior population, this issue is particularly important for Parry Sound-Muskoka. Currently, 26% of the riding is made up of seniors, compared to 17% of the population of the province.
“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.”
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 Seniors Community Grant Program is a great opportunity to help seniors stay active and engaged. The funding will help seniors access more local programming and services that will benefit their wellbeing,” said Miller “We 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 communities.”