There are two new components of the Enabling Accessibility Fund now open for applications, and Mike Bossio, MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, encourages local applications. The new components include the Small Projects Component and the Youth Innovation Component. Those interested in putting forward an application are encouraged to contact Bossio’s office for more information.
Small Projects Component
Deadline July 26, 2018
The small projects component has two streams:
The Workplace Accessibility Stream gives eligible businesses and other employers across Canada the opportunity to submit funding proposals for projects that improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through the construction, renovation or retrofit of workplaces and the provision of accessible information and communications technologies so that people with disabilities can access employment opportunities.
The Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through the construction, renovation or retrofit of community facilities and venues, and the provision of accessible information and communications technologies so that community programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities.
Not-for-profit organizations, for profit organizations (with up to 99 full-time equivalent employees), small municipalities (with population under 125,000), Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and territorial governments are eligible to apply for project funding of up to $100,000 under both the workplace and the community accessibility funding streams.
Those interested in applying can do so at this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-small-projects.html
Youth Innovation Component
Deadline September 21, 2018
This call for expressions of interest gives youth volunteers a chance to make a difference in their communities and help to raise awareness of the EAF program.
Youth interested in participating are required to identify accessibility barriers in public places or workplaces within their immediate and/or surrounding communities, and seek out interested organizations willing to work with them to develop an EAF accessibility project funding proposal.
The call for expressions of interest will support approximately 125 youth-driven projects aimed at increasing accessibility in community facilities and workplaces across Canada. Not-for-profit organizations, for profit organizations (with up to 99 full-time equivalent employees), small municipalities (with a population under 125,000), Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and territorial governments are eligible to apply for project funding of up to $10,000.
Interested youth between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age can apply online at this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-youth-innovation.html
“Our government has a goal to make Canada a more accessible place, and that includes our rural communities like Hastings—Lennox and Addington. These funding opportunities are a great way for local organizations to make their spaces more accessible, and I encourage everyone to send in applications.”
-Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,500 projects, helping several thousand Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Starting in 2018–19, the EAF grants and contributions budget will grow from $13.65 million to $20.65 million, as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70 million in grant and contribution annual funding and $7 million in operational funding) over 10 years to expand the activities of the EAF and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth driven proposals, aimed at improving accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
- The 2017 EAF’s youth innovation pilot was the first phase of the new youth innovation component. As a result of the pilot, youth identified as “youth accessibility leaders” volunteered to create greater awareness about the EAF program across Canadian communities, which led to an increase in accessibility and safety in community facilities for persons with disabilities.
- The Government of Canada permanently added the youth innovation component as part of the EAF Program in 2018.
- Under the 2017 small projects component, 600 EAF projects were approved for funding, for a total of $15.5 million.