Engaging youth leaders to encourage organizations to apply for funding under the Youth Innovation Component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Application period

The application period to become a Youth Accessibility Leader is from June 4, 2020 to October 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern daylight time (EDT)

Objective

We are looking for young Canadians to help make Canada more accessible.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is looking for dynamic youth who want to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their communities. Youth volunteer their time to build a more accessible Canada.

Eligibility

We want you and what you have to offer, if you are:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age
  • determined to make a difference in your community, and
  • you want to develop valuable skills and gain key experience

Apply to become an EAF Youth Accessibility Leader!

Note, as a Youth Accessibility Leader you can work as a team and have a few friends support you throughout the process.

About the EAF Youth Innovation Component

The EAF Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for youth to have a direct impact in the lives of persons with disabilities. They do this by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within their community. Through this work, youth:

  • create greater awareness about accessibility needs
  • encourage organizations to apply for EAF funding to address existing accessibility barriers
  • build a more inclusive and accessible Canada

Role of the Youth Accessibility Leader

As a Youth Accessibility Leader, you will be part of a growing community of youth from across the country that have:

  • identified accessibility barriers in workplaces or public spaces
  • connected with organizations and made them aware of existing accessibility barriers
  • encouraged organizations to apply for funding to address such barriers
  • assisted an organization in developing and submitting a project proposal
  • supported an accessibility project valued at up to $10,000
  • informed program improvements by providing their valued feedback
  • participated in media and ministerial events; and
  • made a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities

Benefits of being a Youth Accessibility Leader:

  • increased awareness of accessibility barriers in their communities
  • personal and community empowerment
  • valuable presentation skills
  • experience preparing or assisting in preparing project proposals
  • networking opportunities; and
  • social responsibility and volunteer experience that impacts your community

Previously funded youth projects include:

  • mobile recording studio
  • tandem bike for the visually impaired
  • accessible cafeteria tables
  • FM hearing loops
  • noise canceling headphones; and
  • pool wheelchair

What you need to know before you apply

Description of the funding process

Read this section to learn more about the process.

  • Apply to become a Youth Accessibility Leader by completing the online form. After you have applied, you will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application. You will hear back from us within 10 business days
  • If you are eligible, we will send you a tool kit by email with all the information required to help you start your journey. The tool kit includes, a Youth Journey Journal, the application form and applicant guide. With this information, you will have a basic understanding of the EAF program and the eligibility criteria of the process
  • You are now ready to think about your community and identify accessibility barriers that limit the participation of persons with disabilities in everyday life. You will talk to an organization with existing accessibility barriers and encourage them to apply for funding through the EAF Youth Innovation Component
  • You will help the interested organization to complete the funding application

Organizations eligible for the funding

The following organizations are eligible to apply for the EAF Youth Innovation Component funding:

  • not-for-profit organizations (including social enterprises)
  • businesses (maximum 99 full-time equivalent employees)
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • municipal governments; and
  • territorial governments

Apply

The application period to submit your interest in becoming a Youth Accessibility Leader is from June 4, 2020 to October 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm (EDT).

Apply now

Contact us

If you or the organization applying for funding have questions send an email to EDSC.JEUNESSEFA-YOUTHEAF.ESDC-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. We will answer any questions sent before November 30, 2020 at 9:00 am (EDT)

We look forward to hearing from you!

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