Ontario Celebrates Seniors Community Grants Recipients In Northumberland and Surrounding Areas

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Funding helping connect older adults to programs that help them stay active and socially connected

The Ontario government is investing up to $6 million through the Seniors Community Grant Program to support 282 community projects that help seniors and older adults stay fit, active, healthy and socially connected, close to home.

“The Seniors Community Grants Program is a great example of how our government is working for local communities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “We are pleased to provide funding for so many programs that bring older people together to avoid being socially isolated, learn new skills, get fit, enjoy group activities and stay connected to their neighbours and friends.”

Up to $25,000 per project is invested in local programs, services and events to provide seniors with opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. The Seniors Community Grants Program is a unique Ontario government grant designed to reduce social isolation, fight ageism and create positive connections.

This announcement comes as Ontario marks Seniors Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors in the province. Earlier this month, Ontario announced annualized funding for over 300 Seniors Active Living Centres that connect seniors to activities, programs and services in their communities.

Over 100 Seniors Active Living Fairs are also expected to take place in 2024-25 which will provide more opportunities for seniors to learn about supports and programs in their community. Last year, over 100 in-person, virtual and northern fairs were held throughout the province. To find a fair near you, visit this link.

Quick Facts
Since 2018, Ontario has invested in over 1700 Seniors Community Grants.

The number of seniors aged 65 and over is projected to increase significantly, from 2.8 million or 18.4 per cent of population in 2022, to 4.4 million, or 20.3 per cent by 2046.

The Municipality of Port Hope
This project will engage approximately 1,500 seniors and older adults through educational workshops on topics such as cyber safety, nutrition and mental health as well providing fitness activities.

The Help Centre – Cobourg
This project will empower low and middle-income seniors through learning sessions about community resources, legal rights, income and housing, wills, and Power of Attorney.

Quinte West Public Library – Trenton
This project will enable Quinte West Public Library and partners to engage senior volunteers in an intergenerational cooking program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough
This project will provide seniors with an opportunity to learn how to be a mentor to support disadvantage youth by teaming up with existing senior mentors to gain practical experience.

Alzheimer Society of Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Northumberland and Haliburton
This project will provide rural seniors living with dementia and their caregivers a series of ‘Night Out’ events to support socialization, reduce stigma and build a more dementia-friendly community.

The City of Peterborough
This project will provide customized health, fitness, social, educational and recreational workshops offered at a number of apartments primarily occupied by older adults.

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