Bracebridge, ON – Ontario is committed to helping seniors stay healthy, safe and socially connected within their own communities.
That is why the Ontario government is investing $3 million in more than 260 projects that will benefit seniors across the province through the Seniors Community Grant Program.
“I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of this year’s program. I am inspired by everyone’s commitment to help keep seniors active and socially engaged in communities across the province. This year’s funding will go a long way in helping seniors to access programs and services where they live,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Investing in seniors’ health and well-being also helps to keep seniors out of the hospital, reducing strain on the health care system.”
This year’s program better supports the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities. Non-profit organizations received funding between $1,000 and $25,000 to co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs in communities across the province.
“The support seniors and their families are receiving through the Seniors Community Grant Program in Parry Sound-Muskoka is good news,” said Norman Miller, MPP. “Our government is working hard to protect what matters most to seniors and their families and this funding will go a long way in improving the well-being of seniors not just here, but in all communities in Ontario.”
On top of the $9,500 in funding for the Muskoka Lawn Bowling Club announced last week by Minister Cho, the following organizations in Parry Sound-Muskoka will receive funding:
- Shawanaga First Nation Healing Centre – $25,000 to create an Elders Club and run social activities
- The District of Muskoka – $23,452 for cultural and educational special events in rural communities
- Town of Kearney – $11,375 for a fitness program for seniors
Muskoka Seniors Home Assistance – $4,000 for training volunteers
- Ryde Community Co-operative – $2,725 for a seniors bus trip
- Whitestone-Hagerman Memorial Public Library – $3,999 to attend the Ontario Library Conference
In total, organizations in Parry Sound-Muskoka will receive $80,000 through the Seniors Community Grant Progam this year.