Funding: Accessibility Standards Canada grants and contributions program, Advancing Accessibility Standards Research: Application closed

From: Accessibility Standards Canada

Current status: Closed

The call for proposals closed. Applicants must not start their proposed projects until:

  • Accessibility Standards Canada notifies them of approval
  • the organization and a representative of Accessibility Standards Canada sign an agreement

Please note that Accessibility Standards Canada will not approve all applications submitted under this application process. Funding is limited and subject to budget considerations of Accessibility Standards Canada as well as allocation of funds by Parliament. Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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Application period Closed

You can apply between January 8, 2020 and February 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Accessibility Standards Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO), will make funding decisions as early as summer 2020.

Description of the funding

Accessibility Standards Canada Grants and Contributions Program supports research projects that try to find, take away and stop obstacles to accessibility. This research will help to inform the accessibility standards in the future.

Accessibility Standards Canada will work with different people and organizations across Canada to move forward accessibility standards research. The 2020 to 2021 priority areas are:

  1. employment
  2. emergency measures
  3. built environment including parks and outdoor recreation facilities
  4. information and communication technologies
  5. Indigenous accessibility
  6. accessible communications

Projects can run from 6 months to 36 months. Your project must end by March 31, 2023.

Note: When you apply, Accessibility Standards Canada will review your application and decide if you will receive funding.

Objectives

This funding process will fund research projects that try to:

  • advance research on accessibility standards to develop new or revise existing accessibility standards
  • connect with people with disabilities, other experts, and partners in the disability field and other fields to help with the research
  • identify and share research, information, best practices and tools on accessibility barriers and standards

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a legal entity in Canada
  • meet the criteria below
  • submit a complete application

If your application is incomplete, Accessibility Standards Canada will not review it.

To receive funding, your organization must be a:

  • research or educational institution (such as a university)
  • not-for-profit organization (an organization that does not make money for itself)
  • Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils and self-governing organization)
  • municipal (local) organization
  • provincial or territorial (P/T) organization (except for provincial or territorial governments)
  • for-profit organization (an organization that can make money for itself but does not make money with the project)

In addition, you must meet these eligibility criteria:

  • Your project runs from 6 months and not more than 36 months
  • Your project ends by March 31, 2023
  • Your funding request is between $30,000 and $500,000 per fiscal year, per project
  • If you are asking for less than $100,000 per fiscal year, you secured partnership with at least 1 other organization
  • If you are asking for between $100,000 and $500,000 per fiscal year, you secured partnership with at least 2 other organizations. One of the organizations is a national disability organization
  • Your application identifies at least one priority area that your research project will focus on:
    • employment
    • emergency measures
    • built environment including parks and outdoor recreation facilities
    • information and communication technologies
    • Indigenous accessibility
    • accessible communications
  • Your application describes the big role the following people or organizations play:
    • people with disabilities
    • other experts
    • partners in the disability field
    • partners in other fields

Note for organizations in Québec

The Quebec National Assembly adopted the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, (RLRQ, chapter M-30). This Act says that the Quebec government must authorize the Quebec public bodies to sign an agreement with a Government of Canada department. Anybody that is subject to the Act have to get the authorization they need before signing an agreement. If your proposed project is successful, Accessibility Standards Canada will give you a reasonable amount of time to get authorization from the Government of Quebec. If you can’t get the authorization you need in a reasonable amount of time, Accessibility Standards Canada can cancel your application.

How we assess your application

If we decide that your application is eligible, we will assess it using the following criteria.

Project goals (refer to Question 43)

Your application describes how your project will help you achieve the following 3 goals:

  • advance research on accessibility standards to develop new or revise existing accessibility standards
  • connect with people with disabilities, other experts, and partners in the disability field and other fields to help with the research
  • identify and share research, information, best practices and tools on the topic of accessibility barriers and standards

Your application also clearly:

  • identifies which research needs in the chosen priority area(s) (listed in the description)
  • explains how your research will help solve this problem

Project activities, timelines and feasibility (refer to Questions 37, 44  and 50

Your application clearly:

  • shows the experience and skills in designing and carrying out research projects in your organization
  • describes the roles and responsibilities of each partner, and how they will support and promote the research
  • describes how your project will get a variety of opinions from the disability community and across sectors
  • describes how and with who you will share your project findings and results
  • describes the project activities and how they fit with the project goals
  • shows us how the activities will help achieve the project results
  • sets milestones that are specific, detailed and realistic
  • outlines timelines that are clear and that you can meet

Project results and effects (refer to Question 45

Your application describes:

  • what your project will achieve and how, and how the results link to your project goals
  • how your project will affect accessibility standards and research

Results measurement indicators (refer to Question 46

Your application:

  • includes indicators that you will use to measure results
  • outlines how you will measure the results of your project

Project budget (refer to Section B, Part 3)

  • Your project costs are reasonable and detailed, and support the project activities
  • Your operating costs are no more than 15% of the total financial support from Accessibility Standards Canada

Accessibility Standards Canada may give priority to projects that:

  • secure a partnership with 2 or more national disability organizations
  • receive cash contributions from other organizations or governments

Steps to apply

Read the whole Applicant Guide before filling out your application.

Application period Closed

You have to apply by February 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.

If you need help or accommodations please send us an email before February 14, 2020 at 9:00 am EST.

Get your supporting documents and information

Read the Applicant guide and make sure you have all the required documents when you apply. If your application is incomplete, Accessibility Standards Canada can reject it.

Documents to send:

  • Completed application form
  • Proof of partnership
  • Proof of cash contributions from other organizations or governments, if you have them
  • Completed budget detail template

Apply by email Closed

  1. Read the Applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide tells you what information you have to write on the application form
  2. Complete the Application for funding (GC-EMP5668) and the Budget detail template (GC-EMP5669) online or by hand
  3. Print, sign the appropriate section, scan and email us the documents (including the proof of partnership). If you can’t scan the documents, you can send them by postal mail to the address below. In your email, tell us if you are sending other documents by mail

Apply by postal mail Closed

  1. Read the Applicant guide to complete your application form. The guide tells you exactly what information you have to write on the application form
  2. Complete the Application for funding (GC-EMP5668) and the Budget detail template (GC-EMP5669) online or by hand
  3. Print, sign and mail the documents (including the proof of partnership) to the address below

Mailing address

Accessibility Standards Canada Grants and Contributions Program submissions
c/o Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Coordination unit, mailstop: 402
National Grants and Contributions Delivery Centre
140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV Floor 4
Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9

After you have applied

We will let you know when we have received your Application for funding:

  • if you applied by email, you will receive an automatic email
  • if you applied by postal mail, we will send you an email within 21 days after we receive the application. We will send the email to the address in your application

Contact us

If you have questions, email us. We will answer any questions sent before February 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST.

Glossary

Accessible communications:
Information that is clear, direct and easy to understand. The information considers the different barriers to accessing information, and makes it possible to reduce negative experiences and give feedback.
Accessibility Standards:
Standards that will allow people with disabilities to fully participate in everyday life. These standards make a service, product, device or environment available to as many people as possible.
Barrier:
Any obstacle that stops a person with an impairment from fully and equally participating in society. The person may have a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment, or a functional limitation.
Built environment including parks and outdoor recreation facilities:
The physical areas in which people live, work and play. For example, workplaces, parks and recreation areas, and transportation systems.
Disability:
Any impairment that stops a person from fully and equally participating in society.
Emergency measures:
The actions necessary (considering the needs of people with disabilities) to fix an unexpected or sudden situation that is serious and urgent.
Employment:
A situation in which a person receives a salary or fee to do work for an employer.
Indigenous accessibility:
The design of products, devices, services or environments for Indigenous people with disabilities.
Information and communication technologies:
All technical tools used to deal with information and help with communication.
National disability organization:
An organization that has a national mandate to help people with disabilities participate in society. The organization offers activities in 4 or more provinces and/or territories. It does this through partnerships with other organizations or through its provincial or territorial offices.
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