Local MPP Lisa Thompson has announced two projects in Huron-Bruce are receiving grants from the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility.
The Bluffs at Huron, an adult living community, is receiving $12,250 to help organize social activities for the members. The social activities will encourage social interaction and participation with the dog park, trail to the beach, social events, Canada Day Celebration, and other recreational activities.
“At the best of times it’s important to keep our seniors active and healthy,” Thompson said. “But during the pandemic, we also want to keep them connected and interactive in safe ways.”
The Saugeen Lawn Bowling Club in Southampton is also receiving $3,000 to help make the facility more accessible, added Thompson.
The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opened on June 24th and closed on August 7th last year, 2020 with funding available for not-for-profit groups, local services and Boards and Indigenous groups from $1,000 to $100,000.
The Seniors Community Grant Program that was established in 2014 has seen almost 1,900 grants provided that have had an impact of more than 500,000 seniors and, this year, the province has funded 180 community projects with an investment of almost $4.5 million.
The funding is being provided to help non-profit organizations, local services boards and Indigenous groups develop programs that will:
· Help older Ontarians receive the support they need in their community, reducing demand on acute and long-term care
· Ensure Ontarians are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, and that their rights and dignity are protected
· Ensure more older adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation and leading to wellness and better health
· Provide more opportunities for older adults to achieve greater financial security and engagement within the community.
The health and safety of Ontario’s older adults remain a key priority for the government. The province is working to ensure that seniors are connected to the programs and activities in their communities that help improve their safety and overall well-being.