Boosting seniors’ opportunities

Seniors across the province will have more opportunities to be active, healthy and engaged in their communities thanks to the expansion of the Seniors Community Grant program.

Dipika Damerla, minister of seniors affairs, made the announcement recently at Habitat for Humanity’s build site in Scarborough, Ontario, that the province is accepting applications for innovative projects that help seniors live active and healthy lifestyles.

Habitat for Humanity received a Seniors Community Grant of $8,000 earlier this year to help expand its volunteer program to get 50 seniors in the Kingston region involved in helping to build affordable housing in the community. Now in its fifth year, the program has supported more than 1,300 local projects, helping approximately 435,000 seniors across the province.

The Seniors Community Grant program is the province’s first program dedicated solely to supporting seniors.

“Habitat for Humanity GTA greatly relies on the time, talent and passion of senior volunteers to help ensure we can continue our work for more working, low-income families each yea,” says Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, GTA. “We are thrilled to see the Government of Ontario increasing their support for organizations like ours who are engaging seniors in their efforts to build stronger communities.”

Up to $5 million is being made available for this round of projects. This year, organizations can apply for up to $100,000 for projects that are larger in scope, leverage partnerships and have the potential to benefit more seniors over time. These new grants will be available in addition to the existing grants, which range from $1,000 to $12,000.

Supporting healthy, active seniors is part of the province’s plan to create jobs, grow its economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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