Keeping Seniors Connected to their Communities

Organization name: 
Seniors' Secretariat
Deadline date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 12:00am
Deadline: 
Fixed date

Ontario is helping seniors across the province continue to connect with and contribute to their communities by supporting local programs that help them stay involved, learn new skills and lead active lives.

Organizations can now apply for support for local projects through the Seniors Community Grant program. Applications will be open until March 3, 2017 and can be accessed online

Successful projects will reflect the diversity of Ontario's seniors and encourage seniors' community involvement through volunteerism, learning, social inclusion and physical activity. Projects funded in past years have ranged from music therapy programs, to social media classes, to mentorship programs linking seniors with young people. 

This year, projects focusing on raising public awareness and prevention of elder abuse will be given priority. This is part of the government's commitment to help stop elder abuse by supporting a secure and supportive environment for Ontario's seniors. 

Supporting our seniors is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

This grant program will make $2 million available for projects across Ontario that will help more seniors become socially engaged and feel part of their communities. Grants range from $1000 to $8,000.

Over the past three years, the Seniors Community Grant Program has already supported 544 projects and helped approximately 116,000 seniors across the province. Find bellow a full list of previous grant recipients.

To Apply

Read the program guidelines and use this application form.

Contact us at:

Applications will be accepted between November 25, 2016 and March 3, 2017. Projects must not start prior to June 15, 2017 and be completed by March 31, 2018.

The Seniors Community Grant Program is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.

Quick Facts

  • The Seniors Community Grant program is Ontario’s first program dedicated solely to supporting seniors. It focuses on initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism, education and community engagement for seniors across the province.
  • Launched in 2014, the program has invested $5 million to support 923 projects impacting approximately 256,000 seniors across the province.
  • Ontario was the first province in Canada to introduce a strategy to combat elder abuse. The strategy has three key priorities: coordination of community services, training for front-line staff and public education to raise awareness.

Additional Resources

  • For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit www.ontario.ca/seniors or call 1-866-724-2017.
RFP status: 
Active