MP Larry Miller Encourages Local Organizations to Apply for Enabling Accessibility Funding

March 19, 2015

MP Larry Miller Encourages Local Organizations to Apply for Enabling Accessibility Funding

 

Ottawa, ON – Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is encouraging all eligible organizations in Bruce and Grey counties to apply for funding through the 2015 Enabling Accessibility Fund (Community Accessibility Stream) call for applications.

 

The Community Accessibility Stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is designed to provide funding to eligible recipients for projects that are directly related to removing barriers and increasing accessibility for people with disabilities. Eligible recipients of this funding include: not-for-profit organizations; small businesses, aboriginal organizations, territorial governments, and local municipalities.

 

Over $11 million in funding is available through this year’s call for proposals. Organization may receive a grant of up to $50,000 for their proposed projects. Proposals can involve a wide variety of projects however, priority will be given to projects that enhance access for children with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and seniors with disabilities. Examples of eligible projects include:

 

ü  Building accessible playgrounds;

ü  Widening hallways and doorways, installing elevators and automated power doors;

ü  Improving lighting, acoustics or contrast;

ü  Installing accessible washrooms and service counters;

ü  Upgrading facilities that offer programs for adults and/or children with autism and other cognitive impairments;

ü  Installing assistive technology, installing or updating information technology.

ü  And more.

 

Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 1,800 projects. Last year, organizations in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound received $176,526 to improve accessibility for those with disabilities through this fund.

 

“The Enabling Accessibility Fund has been a source of funding for a number of local projects throughout Bruce and Grey counties. Last year, 7 different organizations in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound received over $176,000 to support those with disabilities in the area,” said Miller. “I strongly encourage all local organizations to apply for funding through this program.”

 

The deadline for submissions under this call for proposals is: April 27, 2015.

 

For more information and for the online application form please visit; http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/community.shtml.

 

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