About Enabling Accessibility Fund
From: Employment and Social Development Canada
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. EAF aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to:
- take part in community activities, programs and services, or
- access employment
There are 3 different program components in EAF. Each component holds separate calls for funding. The eligibility criteria will be further defined during each funding process.
The youth innovation component
The youth innovation component encourages youth to find accessibility barriers in their communities. They work with local organizations to improve accessibility and safety in community spaces and workplaces. Grant funding can be up to $10,000 per project.
Project ideas include:
- purchasing para-hockey sleds
- building raised garden beds in a community garden
- providing accessible beach mats and beach wheelchairs
The small projects component
The small projects component provides grant funding for small-scale construction and communication technology projects that improve accessibility in communities and workplaces. Grants can be up to $100,000 per project.
Project examples may include:
- building ramps, accessible doors and accessible washrooms
- installing screen reader devices and hearing loop systems
- constructing a universally designed office
- creating an accessible playground
The mid-sized projects component
The mid-sized projects component gives funding for larger construction projects. These projects must offer a holistic suite of programs and services to include persons with disabilities in:
- their communities, and
- the labour market
Contributions can be up to $3 million per project.
Eligible projects may include:
- constructing or renovating centres or hubs that offer programming and services for persons with disabilities in their communities
- expanding existing centres or hubs that offer programming and services for persons with disabilities in their communities
The EAF has introduced flat rate costing to the small and mid-sized projects components. Flat rate costing determines the amount of funding for constructing:
- accessible doors
- accessible washrooms
- pool lifts
- multi-sensory rooms/stations
- accessible playgrounds
If you are applying for funding for these projects, refer to the flat rate information sheet.
A flow chart is available to help you choose the accessibility project that is right for your organization.
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