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Ontario releases Senior Community Grant Program guidelines for 2017-2019

Over the next two years, up to $5 million will be dedicated to help seniors across Ontario.

To explain how this money will be allocated, the Government of Ontario has released its Senior Community Grant Program guidelines for the years 2017 to 2019.

The grant program will be administered through three streams, as follows:

  • Stream 1 will be for grants from $1,000 and up to a maximum of $3,000.
    • Applications for stream 1 can be made by individuals who represent seniors’ groups, unincorporated or incorporated not-for-profit organizations, local services boards, municipalities, or Indigenous groups that are incorporated.
    • Total project costs for stream 1 must not exceed $10,000 and grants will support up to 100 per cent of the total eligible project costs up to the maximum amount.
    • If the total project cost is greater than $3,000, the application must outline where the additional funds will come from.
  • Stream 2 will be for grants of more than $3,000 up to a maximum of $12,000.
    • Applications can be made by incorporated not-for-profit organizations, including local services boards, municipalities and Indigenous groups. Multiple organizations, including unincorporated organizations, can work together on an project application, but must have one lead incorporated representative who will be legally responsible for the project.
    • Grants will support up to 80% of the total eligible project costs, up to a maximum project cost amount of $15,000.
    • The remaining 20% can be a combination of the following:
      • Cash contribution from applicant organization
      • In-kind contribution from the applicant or other sources
      • Contributions from federal, provincial or municipal government sources
    • An unincorporated elder abuse network may receive Stream 2 funding for the execution of an elder abuse project provided that the lead applicant is an incorporated body. In these cases, the lead applicant:
      • May receive the majority of their annual operating base funding from the province; and
      • may only use the SCG Program funding to deliver the approved elder abuse grant project.
  • Stream 3 will be for grants between $12,000 and $100,000.
    • Applications can be made by incorporated not-for-profit organizations, including Local Services Boards, municipalities and Indigenous groups and organizations that receive the majority of their annual base funding directly from the province of Ontario. Multiple organizations can work together on a project application, but must have one lead representative who will be legally responsible for the project.
    • A 20% contribution is required and that contribution can be a combination of the following:
      • Cash contribution from applicant organization
      • In-kind contribution from the applicant or other sources
      • Contributions from federal, provincial or municipal government sources

Applicants for all streams must represent senior’s groups or not-for-profit organizations and offer programs or services which do or can directly benefit seniors living in Ontario. For Streams 1 and 2, organizations must have been in operation for at least one year at the time of application. For Stream 3, organizations must have been in operation for at least two years at the time of application.

Applications will be accepted between September 25, and November 30, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Each organization may apply for funding for one project only across all streams.

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