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Seniors Calling ~ Community Grants for Seniors ~ It's on like Donkey Kong

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Seniors Calling ~ Community Grants for Seniors ~ It's on like Donkey Kong

window is soon closing on the 2021 Community Grant for Seniors

NORTHERN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  July 5, 2021  (LSN)  The window is soon closing on the 2021 Community Grant for Seniors applications.

Do you or your organization have a fabulous idea or event or workshop or reading circle or drumming circle or beading circle or horticultural event or a pickle ball tournament or curling tournament, or a video game tournament (Mario Cart Racing & Donkey Kong are still a thing, right?) or bridge tournament, euchre games or a gathering for seniors that could use an injection of funding? Excellent, now get the application together and submitted by  Thursday, July 15th.

As we begin to find a way that works for us to navigate the wider world around us post-Covid, there will be a need for some really creative and enervating programmes and events for the 55+ set.

The Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility  is investing $5 million in the 2021-22 Seniors Community Grant program to help enable municipalities and local organizations to deliver programmes for older adults to stay active in their communities.

This funding is an increase of $1 million from last year’s grants, allowing the province to help more grass-roots organizations positively impact the lives of older adults.

Approved projects are anticipated to start by Fall 2021 and must be completed by March 31, 2022. Programming can be delivered remotely or virtually. With the health and safety of Ontario’s older adults being more important than ever, the goal of the program is to address social isolation and help older adults stay healthy, safe and engaged in their communities.

The Seniors Community Grant programme was established in 2014 and has provided more than 2,000 grants benefitting older Ontarians.

Successful grant applications should focus on projects that align with four pillars which help improve the lives of older adults in the province:

  • Enabling Aging- at-Home and in Communities
  • Safety and Security
  • Remaining Healthy, Active and Socially Engaged
  • Participating in the Labour Market and Economy.

“The Seniors Community Grant program helps enrich the lives of older Ontarians by helping them combat social isolation and anxiety through safe and community-based activities, many of them being virtual during the pandemic,” said Minister Cho. “These grants recognize and empower the incredible work being done in communities across Ontario to help our seniors live active, safe and connected lives.”

Successful applicants will receive a grant of between $1,000 and $25,000 to provide programs, learning and social opportunities for older adults to safely enjoy as Ontario continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're not out the woods yet, by any stretch, but with strong vaccination rates in Canada as a whole and Ontario as a province, there is hope that we will find a way past the pandemic.

Applicants can apply through Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at The deadline for all applications is Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5PM EST.

Projects can be focused on: volunteerism, learning, financial awareness, social inclusion ,elder abuse prevention, mental well-being, physical activity.

Grants are available between $1,000 and $25,000. Eligible applicants include:

  • Indigenous groups
  • Municipalities
  • Local service boards
  • Individuals who represent seniors’ groups
  • Unincorporated or incorporated non-profit organizations
  • incorporated organizations can apply for up to $25,000
  • individuals representing small, unincorporated seniors’ groups  can apply for a maximum of $10,000

Projects must involve older adults and meet at least one of the ministry’s four key priorities outlined in the programme guidelines.

Older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic, and by 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.

Research indicates that 80% of older adults prefer to age in their homes and communities and will require a range of supports to meet their unique needs and circumstances.

So get to it ~ The grant window is closing soon.

Northern Ontario 
Kenora, Rainy River, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay Marathon, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario 

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Shades of North

Lynne Brown 
Lynne Brown

Algoma writer and reporter. Has written for special editions Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal ~ freelance contributor to Anishinabek News, Lake Superior News. Former Content Director Superior Media. Lynne developed 'Seniors Calling' as a regular feature for various publications. In the 80’s, Lynne worked for AutoTrader Magazine in rural Southwestern Ont. Trudging through a farmers’ field for a picture of a 56 Dodge Custom Royal was considered a very good day.

Lynne is mom to Kyle and Benjamin and a former resident of rural Thunder Bay. 

Special interests include issues relating to rural life, seniors, travel, history, community development and indigenous peoples. @dlynnebrown on twitter 

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Lake Superior News / Lake Superior Media.

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