Applications Open for Federal Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF)

The application process for the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund (“EAF”) is now open to projects with the purpose of making communities and workplaces more accessible for people with disabilities. Organizations such as not-for-profit organizations, businesses, small municipalities, Indigenous organizations, and territorial governments, in addition to youth advocates, are eligible to receive funding from Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”).

Organizations may apply to one of two components of the EAF:

  1. Small Projects Component
    • Funding for small scale construction and communication technology projects that improve accessibility in the community or the workplace.
    • Projects could include building ramps, accessible doors and accessible washrooms; installing screen reader devices and hearing loop systems; and constructing a universally designed office, among others.
    • Amount of funding: Up to $100,000.00 per project
    • Deadline: Organizations have until July 13, 2020 to apply.
  1. Youth Innovation Component
    • Funding for youth aged 15 to 30 years working with local organizations to improve accessibility and safety in community spaces and workplaces.
    • Projects could include installing automatic door openers, building raised garden beds in a community garden, buying specialized wheelchairs for sandy beaches and more.
    • Amount of funding: Up to $10,000.00 per project
    • Deadline: Youth advocates have until October 30, 2020 to apply.

For more information, visit (Note that the mid-sized projects component is unavailable at this time.)

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