Feds offer grants of up to $50,000 to enhance community accessibility

Organizations can now apply for funding for projects that will create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities through the  federal government’s new Enabling Accessibility Fund.

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia, invited organizations in the riding to submit proposals for small projects. These may include renovations, construction and retrofitting of buildings, modification of vehicles for community use or enhancements to make information and communication technologies more accessible.

“The government of Canada recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities,” Wilks said in a statement. “Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, our government is improving access to facilities, activities and services to enable all Canadians to participate more fully in society.”

The call for proposals was launched by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Diane Finley, minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Organizations can submit proposals until October 5 and can receive up to $50,000 per project.

To find out how to apply for funding or for more information about the fund, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability