Introducing funding opportunities for Ontario seniors

Introducing funding opportunities for Ontario seniors
Posted on February 26, 2014 | Bob Chiarelli | Written on February 26, 2014
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Applications for the New Seniors Community Grant program are now open! This program is Ontario’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors, and will fund projects that help individuals here in Ottawa and across the province stay connected to their communities. The Seniors Community Grant will fund projects that help provide seniors opportunities to connect, contribute, learn and lead active lives. This could include courses for seniors on financial literacy and community events.


The Seniors Community Grant program will be accepting applications until June 30th, 2014 for funding grants between $500 and $10,000. Eligible groups include not-for-profit incorporated organizations, Local Services Boards, municipalities and Aboriginal groups. Small community organizations that represent seniors are also eligible to apply for smaller grants between $500 and $3,000. 

All applicants must represent seniors groups or offer programs or services which directly benefit seniors living in Ontario. Projects can support seniors at a local community level, a regional level, or have a broader provincial scope. Organizations are encouraged to work together on project applications.

Key Priorities   

The Seniors Community Grant program has five key priorities: 

  1. Foster initiatives and ideas that provide opportunities for seniors to network and be part of the social fabric of their communities.
  2. Encourage and support activities, events and programs that promote learning opportunities and the sharing of information as it relates to seniors’ issues. 
  3. Encourage and support activities, events and programs that promote seniors as volunteers.
  4. Develop plans and programs that can be shared across communities. 
  5. Develop plans and programs that allow organizations to sustain seniors’ programs over a longer term.

Staying Active    

By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14. Taking steps to help seniors stay active in their communities is more important than ever, and a part of our economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. 

Further details, including a program guide and application form are available online on the Older Adult Centre’s Association of Ontario’s website at 
Please do not hesitate to contact to my Constituency Office at 613-721-8075 or for assistance with this program, or with any other provincial issue.


Bob Chiarelli
MPP, Ottawa West-Nepean

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