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Community ACCESS-ability Program Grant

Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits, Municipalities, and Mi’kmaw
Band Councils for Capital Improvements that Increase Accessibility

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Nova Scotia nonprofits, municipalities, and local Mi’kmaw Band Councils for capital improvements that increase accessibility. Funding is intended for installations, renovations, and equipment that improve and enhance access to facilities in the community. The purpose of the program is to help remove barriers for persons with disabilities in public buildings and spaces. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate that the improvement proposed is part of an overall plan and commitment to the inclusiveness of persons with disabilities.

Eligible facilities must be open for use by all community members not just to those who belong to the applying organization. For example, a curling club or church hall must be open to the general public, not just for members. Eligible facilities include:
- Community halls/meeting facilities
- Libraries
- Community parks or playgrounds
- Community cultural/heritage facilities
- Non-profit shelters/group homes
- Sport and recreation facilities
- Royal Canadian Legions
- Municipal buildings

Eligible types of projects include the following:
- Ramps, power door operators and lever door handles
- Barrier-free washrooms
- Elevators and/or lifts
- Audio signals and loops and lighting/color contrasting for visually impaired
- Accessible portion of community playgrounds

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GrantWatch ID#: 170673

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tier 1, Community Organizations: Requests up to $10,000
Tier 2, Convening Organizations/Community Collaborations: Requests of $10,001 to $50,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year, March 31st, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following can apply:
- Registered non-profit society/cooperative in good standing
- Federally incorporated non-profit organization
- Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw Band Councils
- Municipalities

For Tier 1 funding (Community Organizations and requests of up to $10,000), a demonstrated collaboration/partnership is not required. For Tier 2 funding (requests of $10,001 to $50,000), convening organizations must have a demonstrated mandate to work with persons with disabilities. Community collaborations and partnerships must have a minimum or two community partners. These partners must have an active role in the project and confirm their participation in writing.

New construction is not eligible for funding under this program. Additions to existing structures may be considered if they are designed to improve accessibility. Expenditures for renovations and equipment incurred prior to April 1, 2019 will not be eligible.

Ineligible facilities include:
- Federally or provincially owned buildings
- Private home/buildings
- Church sanctuaries
- For-profit facilities

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines for 2019 are May 20th, August 1st, November 1st.

Applications will be reviewed by staff at the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and recommendations for approval made to the Minister. Decisions may take up to ten weeks.

The grants may cover up to two-thirds of the direct and indirect costs of renovations, installations, and/or equipment. The sponsoring organization must raise at least one-third of the funding from other sources. Organizations can receive funding for one project per year under the program.

Applicants may use donated materials or in-kind work as part of their contribution. Eligible in-kind contributions include labor involved in the project (ie design, electrical, plumbing, etc.). For unskilled labor, applicants may report up to $20.00 per hour rate. For skilled labor, applicants may use contractor’s commercial rate.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please forward your proposal to:
Community Access-Ability Program
c/o 1741 Brunswick St., 3rd Floor
P. O. Box 456, STN Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 2R5

For more information contact:
Karen Parusel, Grant Manager
(902) 424-1723

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Canada: Nova Scotia