Funding: Applicant Guide for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for small projects component - Step 1: Overview

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Deadline: July 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Step 1. Overview

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible applicants interested in receiving grant funding up to $100,000 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund for small projects. This Fund supports the capital costs of construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities in workplacesFootnote 1 and communities, as well as the provision of accessible technologiesFootnote 2in:

  • Workplace stream: facilities where people with disabilities work, or could work in the future; and,
  • Community Accessibility stream: community spacesFootnote 3 where programs and/or services are offered, or will be offered, to people with disabilities.

Notes:

  • Funded projects are expected to begin in spring 2019.
  • Eligible organizations can submit a maximum of one (1) Application for Funding per stream (Workplace and Community Accessibility Streams). If your organization chooses to submit two applications, one per stream, you must submit two separate Applications for Funding. If your organization has multiple offices/departments or sectors under a single Canada Revenue Agency business number, the limit of one application per stream is important to remember. Such organizations might include: school boards, dioceses (multiple churches under one diocese); municipalities (with various departments such as Parks & Recreation, Traffic, etc.) or some social organizations such as the YM/YWCA.
  • To determine the funding stream under which to apply, pay careful attention to the objectives below and eligibility requirements and select the one that best suits your project.

Purpose of this Applicant Guide

The purpose of this Applicant Guide is to help you complete the Application for Funding. It consists of five steps (presented above). You should read each step before you start completing your application. Not doing so could result in an incomplete Application for Funding and the rejection of your application from this process. The guide provides:

  1. important information about this application process;
  2. instructions on how best to respond to the questions in the Application for Funding; and,
  3. a checklist of the documents that you are required to submit with your application (see Step 4 - Apply, Required Documents - Checklist). An early review of the checklist is suggested to ensure completeness of your application within the required timelines.

After the application submission deadline, this guide will no longer be available online. You may wish to print or save a copy of this guide before the deadline in order to refer to it after the process is closed.

If you have questions about this application process, send an email to NC-HIP-PIP-EAF_ODI-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. Questions received by July 26, 2018, 9 a.m. Pacific Time will be answered.

Objectives of the Enabling Accessibility Fund's small projects component and its two funding streams

The objective of the Enabling Accessibility Fund'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 small projects' component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund has two funding streams under which you can apply: 1) Workplace Accessibility Stream, and 2) Community Accessibility Stream.

Stream 1) Workplace Accessibility Stream

The objective of the Workplace Accessibility Stream is to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in workplaces across Canada. These improvements are addressed through construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities, and/or through the provision of accessible technologies, in facilities where people with disabilities work or could work in the future.

Stream 2) Community Accessibility Stream

The objective of the Community Accessibility Stream is to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in communities across Canada. These improvements must be addressed through construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities and/or through the provision of accessible technologies, in community spaces where programs and/or services are offered, or will be offered, to people with disabilities.

Expected results of the Enabling Accessibility Fund's small projects component

The Workplace Accessibility Stream seeks to:

  • increase workplace accessibility and safety for people with disabilities; and,
  • increase opportunities for current or future employees with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment and participate in the Canadian labour market.

The Community Accessibility Stream seeks to:

  • increase accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in community spaces where programs and/or services are offered, or will be offered, to people with disabilities; and,
  • increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and contribute to community life.

Note:

This call for proposals is exclusively for funding opportunities under the Enabling Accessibility Fund's small projects component. If you are interested in other funding components of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (mid-sized projects and youth-driven), general information can be found on the Enabling Accessibility Fund webpage.

The project examples below will guide you in determining if the Enabling Accessibility Fund for small projects component is the appropriate funding program for your project. These examples are explored in greater detail under the Step 3. How to complete your Application for Funding, in Section B - Part 2 - Project, B - Project description.

Examples of Workplace Accessibility Stream projects

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 Community Accessibility Stream projects

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.

Information sessions

Information sessions will be offered to complement the information in this Applicant Guide. Organizations can participate in the sessions online or by teleconference. If you are interested, please send an email to NC-HIP-PIP-EAF_ODI-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca and details will be sent to you. In your email, please specify if you prefer to participate in English or in French.

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