Applications are being accepted for the funding of projects under the Enabling Accessibility Fund, and Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, is encouraging community organizations throughout the riding to consider applying.
“The Enabling Accessibility Fund was established by the federal government to help Canadian community organizations fund construction or renovation projects on their facilities to ensure accessibility for those with disabilities,” says Breitkreuz. “Providing better access to facilities like our rinks, community centres, and museums is a way to ensure participation barriers are removed for all Canadians.”
The Enabling Accessibility Fund was originally announced in Budget 2007 as a three-year, $45?million Program to support community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Budget 2010 built on the success of this Program by providing an additional $45 million over the next three years.
Applications currently being accepted are under the Small Project Component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund which provides grants to projects that improve the accessibility of existing facilities. Projects may include: the renovation, construction and retrofitting of buildings; the modification of vehicles for community use; and the provision of accessible communication technologies, such as audio induction loop systems and screen readers.
“We are looking for projects that will create or improve accessibility for persons with disabilities,” adds Breitkreuz. “The projects can vary from constructing a ramp or building an accessible washroom, to providing computer enhancements such as interactive speech technology or installing a wheelchair lift to a community-based vehicle.”
To learn more regarding eligibility or application information, visit: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.