Who can apply

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To apply, you must meet all the following criteria.


Eligible applicants

Your organization must be 1 of the following types:

Note: Applicants from these organizations must demonstrate partnership with 1 or more disability organizations in their application.

These partners must have a leadership role in the overall project design and delivery of activities.

Letter(s) of support from implicated partner(s) must be provided with the application.

Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec - Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil Exécutif (M-30)

The Québec National Assembly adopted an Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (RLRQ, chapter M-30). This act provides that all Québec public bodies must obtain the authorization of the Québec government before entering into any agreement with the federal government, one of its departments or government agencies, or with a federal public agency. Any entity that is subject to the act is responsible for obtaining the necessary authorization before the conclusion of such an agreement. You may wish to review the provisions of M-30 before applying for funding to make sure you comply with the Act. If your proposed project is successful, ESDC will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to obtain the authorization from the Government of Québec. If you are unable to get the required authorization in a reasonable amount of time, your application may not be funded, even if it meets the Program's eligibility requirements.

Ineligible applicants

The following groups are ineligible for funding:

  • for-profit organizations
  • individuals
  • provincial/territorial governments


Eligible projects

Your project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • meet the objectives of the Call for Proposals (CFP)
  • have activities taking place during NAAW 2025 and 2026
  • be no longer than 2 years
  • ask for no more than $100,000 or $200,000
For projects asking for more than $100,000 in total funding

Organizations requesting funding over $100,000 and up to $200,000 must also explain in their application how their project will meet all of the following:

  • have national scope (delivered in more than 1 province or territory)
  • include 1 or more partnerships with diverse groups from within the disability community for example:
  • include plans to actively offer accessible and inclusive services
  • meet the following Official Languages (OL) requirements:
    • provide project-related documentation and announcements (for the public and prospective project participants, if any) in both official languages
    • actively offer project-related services in both official languages
    • encourage members of both OL communities to participate in the project
    • provide services, where appropriate, to address the needs of both OL communities


Your project must demonstrate that it will meet all of the following expected outcomes:

  • increased awareness of accessibility and disability inclusion in Canada
  • improved understanding and knowledge amongst Canadians about accessibility and disability inclusion issues
  • reduced stigma and attitudinal barriers towards persons with disabilities
  • increased knowledge within the disability community as it relates to best practices and lessons learned for NAAW activities


Example of eligible activities

Annual awareness raising events during NAAW, such as:

  • arts and cultural events
  • speaking events
  • awareness raising products such as videos, social media campaigns

Example of ineligible activities

  • Construction projects
  • Installation of accessible building supports
  • Repair projects
  • Lobbying activities

What the funding can be used to pay for

Eligible costs

All costs must be reasonable and support project activities. For this CFP, eligible costs could include, but are not limited to:

  • wages and benefits
  • professional fees
  • travel and accommodations
  • materials and supplies
  • printing and communication
  • equipment rental/lease/maintenance
  • administration costs
  • capital assets
  • disability supports for staff of the organization
  • accessibility services for events

Ineligible costs

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • project costs incurred before an agreement is approved and signed by the Department
  • costs associated with ongoing general operating costs/service delivery for example:
    • regular telephone and heating costs
    • rent
    • utilities
    • property taxes
    • insurance
    • equipment for staff
    • audit costs
  • costs incurred in preparing the proposal
  • construction/renovation costs
  • costs associated with fundraising activities/lobbying
  • staff salary bonuses
  • purchase of alcoholic beverages

Other eligibility requirements

  • Eligible organizations can only submit 1 application to this CFP that must be received by the deadline of July 17, 2024
  • Applications must be complete with the attestation checked
  • Applications must include all supporting documents, and letter(s) of support from partners when required

How we assess your application

We could refuse applications that are incomplete or contain errors

We will contact you to ask for any mandatory information if it is missing from your application. We will do this before we determine if your application is eligible. If you receive such a request, you must respond within 5 business days of the request date. If you do not respond before the deadline, we will screen your application for eligibility with the information on file.

We will review your application in 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Screening for eligibility (questions 4, 5, 6, 9, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 of the application)

    Organizations applying must meet all the requirements to be considered eligible:

    • application is received by the deadline
    • application is complete and includes all supporting documents
    • applicant organization is eligible
    • project is eligible

    It is important to submit a complete application. We will assess your project only if all the eligibility requirements are met.

    Things that may impact your eligibility

    Your past performance or issues of default in projects with us could impact the eligibility of your application.

  • Step 2: Assessing on program objectives (questions 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 of the application)

    We will assess your application based on the following criteria:

    Project objectives

    Project activities

    Project impact and results

    • Demonstrate that your project will produce S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) outputs
    • Demonstrate that your project will have the required outcomes

    Project budget

    • Project costs are eligible and support the project activities


    • Include plans for the participation of persons with disabilities in the overall project design and the delivery of associated activities
    • Include plans to test, learn and scale-up project activities, so that they can reach more people, communities and build more partnerships
    • Support NAAW activities within underrepresented communities for example:
      • Official Language minority communities
      • 2SLGBTQIA+ community
      • Indigenous communities
        • First Nations
        • Métis
        • Inuit
      • Visible minority communities, including Black and other racialized groups
  • Step 3: Other considerations for selecting projects to fund (questions 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37 of the application)

    • Geographical distribution to obtain coverage across Canada
    • Multi-sectoral partnerships
    • Partnerships among diverse groups from within the disability community

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