Organizations encouraged to apply for up to $100,000 in accessibility grants
Peterborough, Ontario – June 6 2018 – Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, highlighted the launch of the 2018 call for proposals for the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) small projects component. MP Monsef invites all businesses, community organizations and other eligible recipients in Peterborough—Kawartha to apply for funding.
The EAF provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities.
The new call for proposals under the EAF includes two funding streams:
1) The Workplace Accessibility Stream gives eligible businesses and other employers across Canada the opportunity to submit funding proposals for projects that improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through the construction, renovation or retrofit of workplaces and the provision of accessible information and communications technologies so that people with disabilities can access employment opportunities.
2) The Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through the construction, renovation or retrofit of community facilities and venues, and the provision of accessible information and communications technologies so that community programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities.
Not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations (with up to 99 full-time equivalent employees), small municipalities (with population under 125,000), Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and territorial governments are eligible to apply for project funding of up to $100,000 under both the workplace and the community accessibility funding streams.
Eligible applicants can submit proposals until July 26, 2018. Examples of projects include: the construction or renovation of accessible ramps and pathways, the installation of automatic door openers, retrofitting of washrooms and office spaces, and the provision of accessible information and communication technologies.
In 2017, eleven projects at ten organizations in Peterborough—Kawartha benefited from $357,364 in EAF funding to create more accessible community and business spaces. Among last year’s successful projects include the installation of automatic door openers at St. Joseph’s at Fleming, the installation of a ramp, lift and accessible washroom at Lakefield Baptist Church, improvements to reception area accessibility at Five Counties Children’s Centre, and the purchase of Assistive Listening Device kits by the City of Peterborough.
“All of society benefits when everyone is included. I strongly encourage businesses, community organizations and other eligible applicants in Peterborough—Kawartha to apply for financial support from the Enabling Accessibility Fund. This Fund has already made a difference in our community, with over $350,000 going towards the purchase of Assistive Listening Devices, the renovation of accessibility ramps, and the installation of automatic door openers, among other projects. With the help of the Enabling Accessibility Fund, residents of Peterborough—Kawartha can continue to work together to build a more inclusive and accessible community.”
– Hon. Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,500 EAF projects, helping several thousand Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Starting in 2018–19, the EAF grants and contributions budget will grow from $13.65 million to $20.65 million, as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70 million in grant and contribution annual funding and $7 million in operational funding) over 10 years to expand the activities of the EAF and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth driven proposals, aimed at improving accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
- Under the 2017 small projects component, 600 EAF projects were approved for funding, for a total of $15.5 million.