Grants and funding

Seniors Community Grant Program

Seniors Community Grants, ranging from $1,000 up to $25,000, help community organizations’ ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults, from the safety of their homes or other safe environments.

The Seniors Community Grant Program funds local not-for-profit community groups and organizations to deliver projects, supports and resources that help older adults (aged 55+) to:

  • live independently
  • live with safety and security
  • stay connected to their community
  • avoid isolation
  • achieve greater financial security and social connections

Programming can be delivered remotely, virtually or in-person with proper health control measures in place.

Eligibility

Applicants may be:

  • incorporated organizations that can apply for up to $25,000
  • individuals that representing local, unincorporated seniors’ groups that can apply for a maximum of $10,000

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

Approved projects are anticipated to start by late July 2023 and must be completed by March 31, 2024.

How to apply

We are now accepting applications.

  1. Read the program guidelines for information on eligibility and program details.
  2. Apply online through the Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) website. Learn how to sign up for a TPON account.

Setting up an account may take up to 5 business days, so register at least 1 week before starting the application process.

Deadline to apply is March 6, 2023, at 5 p.m.

Contact us

If you have questions about the program, please contact your regional development advisor.

Other funding opportunities

Learn about the EnAbling Change Program and Inclusive Community Grant.

You can also browse a full list of funding opportunities across different topics from the Ontario government.

Seminars

Arrange seminars in your community about seniors’ health, safety, and finances.

Fire Safety for Older Adults

Contact your local fire department to learn about:

  • leading causes of fires
  • tips on how to prevent fires
  • importance of working smoke alarms
  • other fire safety issues.

Understanding Ontario’s Personal Income Tax, Tax Credits and Benefits

Get information on the tax credits and benefits that you may qualify for, how to apply for them, and how to obtain additional information.

The seminar is one hour long and includes a general question and answer period.

To request a free seminar/webinar for your seniors group, email taxinfotaxe@ontario.ca or call 1-866-668-8297 ext. 17064.

Overview of Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax

During this seminar, you will learn:

  • what Ontario’s Estate Administration Tax (EAT) is
  • when EAT is applicable
  • how to calculate EAT

The seminar is one hour long and includes a question and answer period.

To request a free seminar/webinar for your seniors group, email taxinfotaxe@ontario.ca or call 1-866-668-8297 ext. 17064.

Senior Licence Renewal Process for Drivers 80 and Older

Get information on:

  • trends and statistics for older drivers
  • testing requirements for those 80 years and older
  • collision reporting process for those 70 years and older
  • signs of aging or medications related to driving ability
  • driving tips and recent rules of the road

The presentation is 90 minutes long.

Get more information by emailing the Ministry of Transportation’s Public Outreach and Education Office.

Bone Health 101

This webinar from Osteoporosis Canada covers:

  • what is osteoporosis
  • how to maintain good bone health to reduce the risk of the disease and related fractures

For more information, please use the online form and a Community Engagement Coordinator will be in contact with you.

Learn more about other programs from Osteoporosis Canada.

The Seniors Liaison Committee

The Seniors Liaison Committee (SLC), is chaired by the Ministry’s Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Seniors and Accessibility Policy, Programs and Strategic Partnerships.

The Committee facilitates two-way communication between the government and Ontario’s largest seniors’ organizations on topics of policies, programs and services.

SLC’s mandate is to:

  • identify issues and concerns of Ontario’s seniors with provincial government services in an aging society
  • provide input and feedback related to government’s policies, programs and services related to Ontario’s aging population
  • allow dialogue among members and government
  • identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership among members

SLC members are organizations with leadership, knowledge, expertise and connections related to issues of aging in Ontario, including:

Please email us if you would like to receive information from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.