Enabling Accessibility Fund – Call for Proposals 2018
The Government of Canada has issued a call for proposals and is now seeking applications for up to $100,000 in funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
The objective of the EAF's small projects component is to increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. More specifically, it seeks to create more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the Canadian labour market, as well as in community programs and services.
The EAF supports capital costs of renovations, construction and retrofit activities related to improving accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.
The current call for proposals is for two different funding streams of the program – the Workplace Accessibility Stream and the Community Accessibility Stream. The objectives of each stream are different. Eligible recipients should verify project criteria before applying to determine which stream to apply under.
Examples of eligible project activities under the Workplace Accessibility Stream include:
- Example 1: An organization/business is requesting funding to make their main office accessible by adding an elevator to provide access to the second floor and an accessible washroom. The project will open up employment opportunities for those with physical disabilities and will improve safety for employees and clients who have mobility issues.
- Example 2: A thriving café specialized in the roasting of artisanal coffee employs a person with a visual impairment to run the cash register. The café has two full-height windows facing south. The intense daylight entering the facility makes it problematic for this employee to operate the cash register. The business has therefore applied to the Enabling Accessibility Fund in order to install solar shades and a controlled lighting system in the main work area.
Examples of eligible project activities under the Community Accessibility Stream include:
- Example 1: A not-for profit organization offers a range of services that meet the needs of children with specific physical, emotional, behavioral or medical challenges, including day and summer camps. Most of the facilities at these camps are adapted to meet the needs of the children they serve. However, one of their facilities is not accessible for their clients with autism spectrum disorder. It requires new paint to remove color contrasts and reduce heightened stimulus, as well as a security system for the main entrance door and the emergency exit door to ensure the safety of these children at all times.
- Example 2: A small municipality with a population of 50,000 inhabitants would like to construct an accessible swimming pool in a new public park. The project will support the construction of a new pool using the latest accessibility features and standards. An accessible change room and washroom will also be built. Finally, accessible parking spots will be linked to the pool via an accessible path.
Eligible grant recipients include:
- Not-for-profit organizations, including social enterprises;
- Small businesses (maximum 99 full-time equivalent employees);
- Small municipalities (population under 125,000 as per most recent census data (2016));
- Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils, and self-government entities); and
- Territorial governments.
The deadline to apply under the current call for proposals is: Thursday, July 26, 2018. More information is available on the Employment and Social Development Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-small-projects.html.
Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to contact the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
My team is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the application process, and I will be pleased to lend my full support to support to local project proposals that will improve our community. Please call 519-754-4300 or e-mail Phil.McColeman@parl.gc.ca.
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Member of Parliament, Brantford-Brant