Enabling Accessibility Fund

Government of Canada

Relevent Country: Canada

Applications are now open for the Enabling Accessibility Fund that aims to make communities and workplaces across Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities.

It will fund projects that create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to take part in community activities, programs and services, and access employment.

Funding Priorities

They may prioritize funding to projects based on the following:

  • Indigenous organizations
  • geographic distribution

Funding Information

  • This Call for Proposals (CFP) will provide up to $18.2M in funding in fiscal years 2024 to 2026.
  • Eligible organizations can apply for funding for a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $3,000,000 per project (1 application per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business number only).
  • What this Program Offers?
  • The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for projects that make communities and workplaces across Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities. EAF creates more opportunities for persons with disabilities to:
  • take part in community activities, programs and services, and
  • access employment

Project Activities

  • Successful projects under this CFP will provide funding to eligible organizations for new construction, renovation, and/or retrofit activities that will contribute to reducing waitlists and/or increasing access to programs, services and support targeted for persons with disabilities by improving accessibility in facilities in Canadian communities.
  • Projects must be ready to start as early as September 1, 2024, and no later than October 31, 2024 and must be completed within a 2-year timeframe.
  • Please note that they will not pay or reimburse funding for any activities that take place before you have a signed agreement with ESDC. For this Call for Proposals, expense reimbursement will be based on actual expenditures incurred.

Eligibility Criteria

Your organization must be one of the following:

  • not-for-profit organizations whose mandate is to exclusively serve persons with disabilities
  • for-profit organization with up to 99 full-time equivalent employees whose mandate is to serve or hire persons with disabilities
  • small municipalities of less than 50,000 in population, as per the 2021 census, offering more than one program and/or service targeted for persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous organizations offering more than one program and/or service targeted for persons with disabilities
  • organizations located in the Territories and remote and rural regions offering more than one program and/or service targeted for persons with disabilities
  • territorial governments

Ineligible

Your organization is ineligible if it is one of the following:

  • federal and provincial governments
  • municipalities with more than 50,000 of population according to the 2021 census
  • public and private universities and colleges
  • public schools, publicly or privately funded health care institutions and hospitals as these are areas of exclusive provincial/territorial jurisdiction
  • crown corporations and entities that are controlled by a Federal or Provincial government or on land owned by a Federal or Provincial government
  • service dog breeding centres
  • residential housing organizations such as condo boards, co-op boards and other not-for-profit organizations that manage residential housing
  • organizations that received funding through the 2021 EAF Mid-sized projects funding process

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-mid-size.html