Calls for proposals under the Enabling Accessibility Fund's Mid-sized projects and Youth Innovation components
June 7, 2021
Last week was National AcessAbility Week in Canada! During that time, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough and Parliamentary Secretary Irek Kusmierczyk announced two calls for proposals under the Enabling Accessibility Fund's Mid-sized projects and Youth Innovation components.
The call for proposals to both components opened on Friday June 4, 2021.
The Mid-sized projects component provides contributions of up to $1 million to support larger retrofit, renovation, or construction projects in facilities that house programs and services that help increase social participation and labour market opportunities for persons with disabilities in Canada. Through this stream, organizations are able to submit project proposals for funding from $350,000 to $1 million. The call for proposals through this stream is open until July 29, 2021.
The Youth Innovation component seeks to engage and challenge youth between 15 and 30 years of age, to volunteer and collaborate with local organizations in their communities to secure funding of up to $10,000 for accessibility projects. Eligible applicants include youth working in partnership with not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and territorial governments. Youth must submit their expressions of interest by October 29, 2021, and organizations working with youth have until November 30, 2021 to submit a project proposal.
The links provided above will direct you to the respective webpages where you can apply for these programs and find even more details about the process.
Some other great news to share from National AccessAbility Week includes:
- The launch of the public engagement process to help guide the development of Canada's first ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)
- The launch of the call for propsals for the new Women's Employment Readiness (WER) pilot program
- Supporting access to learning opportunities for students with disabilities by investing in the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) for the Virtual Access for All program
- Introducing new technology to make electronic payment terminals accessible to persons with visual disabilities
- Helping young Canadians with disabilites to learn lasting skills and keep quality jobs by investing over $130 million to provide young people facing barriers with the supports and skills training to help them succeed.