Funding applications are now open for businesses to apply for up to a $10,000 grant to become more accessible. There are three streams of the funding – Workplace Accessibility, Community Accessibility and Information and Communications Technology projects. Grant dollars can be used for renovations, construction, retrofit activities, the purchase of accessible equipment/devices and the provision of information and communication technologies (ICT) and systems. Examples are automated door opener, l FM hearing loop system, accessible kayaks or canoes, accessible pathways and raised garden beds, adaptive software and virtual reality goggles.
Applications can be obtained from the Small Business Centre who is representing the Bay of Quinte regions applicants to access this funding. “I have participated as the Youth Accessibility Leader for three years, which is a voluntary position, and we want to continue to create more accessible spaces and to promote inclusivity,” said Brianna Rossit, Youth Accessibility Leader.
Since 2019, the Small Business Centre has assisted 61 successful businesses obtain grant funding in excess of $387,000 across Belleville, Quinte West, Hastings County and Prince Edward County.
The role of the SBC is to provide the application, provide reasoning for the funds and to assist business owners in completing the application.
“As a result of these projects, people with disabilities will have more opportunities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities. Assisting with applications on this grant program has seen our area receive more funding per capita than any other area”, said Amber Darling, Executive Director of Trenval who is the Managing Partner of the Small Business Centre.
The program is open to not-for-profit organizations (including social enterprises), for profit businesses (maximum 99 fulltime equivalent employees), municipal government and indigenous organizations and is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. Deadline for applications is October 31 at 5pm EST.
For the program guidelines and application forms please contact Brianna Rossit at the Small Business Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-961-0590.