Funding: Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities – 1. Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

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Deadline: July 26, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible applicants interested in receiving funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

The Standard Grant Application for Funding can be submitted under either of EAF's funding streams: the Workplace Accessibility Stream or the Community Accessibility Stream. For assistance in determining the best stream for your funding application, please see the Overview section below.

1. Overview

Note: It is recommended that you read the following guide in its entirety before you start completing your application. This guide contains important details on the information and supporting documentation ESDC requires to assess your application.

We also suggest that you print or save a copy of this guide, in order to refer to it once this Call for Proposals (CFP) is closed. After July 26, 2017 this guide will no longer be available online.

Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist you in completing the EAF funding application. This guide will provide critical information regarding this Call for Proposals (CFP), indicate how best to respond to the questions in the application form, and provide a checklist of the supporting documents you will need to submit. An early review of the checklist is suggested to ensure completeness of your application in the required timelines.

Information regarding this CFP:

If you have enquiries about this CFP process, please send them to the following address: fpa-eaf@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. Enquiries will be answered between May 31 and July 12, 2017.

Objective of the EAF Program

The EAF funds organizations, businesses and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities by supporting the capital costs of renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and communities across Canada.

Objectives of this CFP

This CFP has two funding streams: the Workplace Accessibility Stream and the Community Accessibility Stream. To determine the funding stream under which to apply, please pay careful attention to the following objectives and eligibility requirements and select the one that best suits your project.

Objective of the Workplace Accessibility Stream

To provide funding for small projects that improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities in workplacesFootnote 1 across Canada.

These improvements must be addressed through renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities or through the provision of accessible technologiesFootnote 2, in facilities where people with disabilities work or could work in the future. While proposed projects can address accessibility needs that are specific to one current or future employee, the measures/features to be implemented must be usable/transferable to other current or future employees facing similar accessibility barriers, and must remain with the organization for their use (e.g. an accessible workstation with adjustable countertops and cabinets with pull-out shelves meets the objective, whereas hearing aids would not).

Objective of the Community Accessibility Stream

To provide funding for small projects that improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities in communities across Canada.

These improvements must be addressed through renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities or through the provision of accessible technologies, in community spacesFootnote 3 where programs and/or services are offered, or will be offered, to people with disabilities.

Eligible applicants can only submit one Standard Grant Application for Funding per funding stream under this CFP. If more than one application is submitted by an eligible applicant (per business number) under the same funding stream, only the first application received will be considered.

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.

If an organization submits two applications, one per stream, the project activities (e.g. installation of speech recognition software, construction of a ramp), project costs and expected results must be specific to each project/application and the project activities need to be entirely different from one another (i.e. no overlap). If your organization chooses to submit one application per stream for two different projects, you must use two separate Standard Grant Application for Funding forms and identify the funding stream for which you are applying in each application.

The following questions will help you determine under which stream to apply:

If you answer “Yes” to one or more of the following questions, you should apply under the

Workplace Accessibility Stream.

  • Is the intent of the project to render a workplace accessible and/or safe for the purpose of maintaining or creating job opportunities for people with disabilities?
  • Does the project involve the renovation, construction and/or retrofitting of a workplace where employees with disabilities work or could work in the future?
  • Does the project involve the creation of accessibility features for a new workplace where employees with disabilities will work or could work in the future?
  • Does the project provide accessible information and communication technologies for work use for employees with disabilities?

If you answer “Yes” to one or more of the following questions, you should apply under the Community Accessibility Stream.

  • Is the intent of the project to render a community space accessible and/or safe for the purpose of offering programs and/or services to people with disabilities?
  • Is the project aimed at increasing access to programs and/or services for people with disabilities?
  • Does the project involve the creation of accessibility features for a new community space where programs and/or services will be offered to people with disabilities?
  • Does the project involve the renovation/construction/retrofit of an existing community space where programs and/or services are currently offered to people with disabilities?
  • Does the project provide accessible information and communication technologies in a community space where programs and/or services are offered to people with disabilities?

Expected Results

The expected results of the EAF are:

  • accessible communities and workplaces;
  • increased access for people with disabilities to services, programs and employment opportunities; and
  • increased opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and contribute to community life and the economy.

If your application is submitted under the Workplace Accessibility Stream, it must demonstrate that the project aligns with both of the following expected results:

  • increased workplace accessibility and/or safety; and
  • increased opportunities for current or future employees with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment and participate in the economy.

If your application is submitted under the Community Accessibility Stream, it must demonstrate that the project aligns with both of the following expected results:

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

Your expected results should meet the overall EAF objectives.

This is a competitive process and not all applications submitted under this CFP will be selected, as funding is limited and subject to ESDC’s annual budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

The Government of Canada reserves the right to accept an application in whole or in part and give consideration to factors such as distribution of projects between streams (workplace and community accessibility), geographic distribution and official languages requirements.

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