The Employment and Social Development Canada is inviting Proposals for Small Projects Component – Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) that provides funding for projects that make communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities.
EAF creates more opportunities for persons with disabilities to:
- Take part in community activities, programs and services
- Access employment.
- This funding supports projects that improve accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities in:
- A facility where persons with disabilities work or could work in the future (Workplace Accessibility Stream); or
- A community space where programs or services are, or will be available for persons with disabilities (Community Accessibility Stream)
Note: You can submit only 1 application per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or business registry number.
- The Department will prioritize funding to projects that help improve accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities in:
- This Call for Proposals (CFP) will provide up to $57,950,000 in funding in fiscal year 2022 to 2023 to support a minimum of 580 accessibility projects, and up to $6,500,000 to support a minimum of 65 Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) projects.
- Eligible organizations can only submit 1 application to this CFP and can apply for up to $100,000 for:
- Small construction, renovation or retrofit of existing spaces to improve accessibility
- Accessible Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
- Your project must meet all of the following criteria:
- A complete application package must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 1, 2022
- Must not take longer than 24 months to complete
- For non-flat rate projects, 1 external quote must be provided for each project activity in your application. If you cannot provide an estimate, you must submit a rationale as to why a quote could not be provided. An explanation of how you calculated your projects costs will then need to be provided
- You must have a minimum of 20% confirmed cash contributions from other sources of funding for your funding request, unless your organization is exempted as outlined
- Exemption: You do not need to have cash contributions if you are:
- An eligible organization with project activities situated in one of the territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
- An Indigenous organization (for the purpose of this CFP, includes organizations who specifically represent and serve those who self-identify as a First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or non-affiliated Indigenous persons)
- An eligible organization with project activities located in a remote area as identified as Regions 4 and 5 based on the searchable EAF region tool
- A shelter that provides services to those experiencing violence and gender-based violence
- A registered and/or licensed Early Learning and Child Care centre
- An Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Centre
- For small construction, renovation or retrofit projects of an existing space:
- A digital picture of the project space to be improved must be submitted (JPEG) as a separate attachment
- The picture must clearly show the accessibility barriers for persons with disabilities
- Pictures are not required for accessible equipment and Information and Communication Technologies projects
- Project activities must take place in the organization’s rented or owned property. If the property is rented, permission from the landlord must be provided.
- Your organization must be 1 of the following:
- Not-for-profit organization
- For-profit organization with a maximum of 99 full-time equivalent employees
- Indigenous ELCCs, including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities
- Registered and/or licensed Early Learning and Child Care centres. ELCC centres situated in or on public school property will be required to demonstrate that the proposed project activity is exclusively for the use of the child care centre/program
- Indigenous ELCCs, ESDC recognizes that not all Indigenous ELCC centres (including those on reserves, operating in Inuit communities, or operated by Self-Governing First Nations or Modern Treaty Holders) are issued a registration or licensing number. These organizations are still eligible to apply under this call. In question 34 of the application for funding form, please include a statement if this is the case
- Territorial government.
- Your organization cannot be 1 of the following:
- Federal or provincial government
- Public school (primary and secondary), including an organization submitting proposals for projects that would take place on publicly funded school property. Exception applies to registered and/or licensed ELCC centres where the proposed project activity is exclusively for the use of the child care centre/program
- Public health care facilities or public hospitals (health care is an area of provincial or territorial jurisdiction, accordingly public health care facilities and hospitals have access to funding to support accessibility), including projects that take place on public health care and public hospital property
- Home-based child care centres
- Crown corporation and entities that are controlled by a federal, provincial or territorial government
- Organizations who have received funding through the 2021 EAF Mid-size projects funding process.
For more information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-small-projects.html