ALBERTA’S DISABILITY GRANTS ARE HERE

This grant blog addresses disability grants:

  • Key disability grants for private businesses
  • Grants for people with a disability
  • Grants for employers looking to hire someone with a disability

 Don’t Wait! Download our “Three Steps to Winning a Government Grant” PDF here – http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/

My phone rings once a month or so from someone fighting to overcome a disability.

They want to know what is out there for grants, so we send them a complementary grant package.

My impact is small, but you can help.

Please share the following grants with (1) business owners looking to do a renovation, (2) people with a disability looking for a job, (3) anyone looking to hire someone with a disability.

Thank you!

ENABLING ACCESSIBILITY FUND – WORKPLACE ACCESSIBILITY STREAM | EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA (ESDC):

Value: Varies

Description:

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. From installing screen reader devices, hearing induction loop systems, automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy.

The Workplace Accessibility Stream provides funding to eligible recipients for projects that improve accessibility in workplaces across Canada.

To be considered eligible for funding, projects must be directly related to maintaining or creating job opportunities for people with disabilities. All projects must also meet the specific eligibility criteria identified in calls for proposals, including support from their community.

Eligibility:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Municipalities
  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Less than $5 million in gross revenue per year
  • The  capacity to put in some of its own money or leverage funding from other sources

Eligible Expenses:

  • Renovation, construction or retrofitting of buildings
  • Modification of vehicles for work use
  • Provision of accessible information or communication technologies for work use

Deadline: Currently closed. Future deadline to be determined.

Contact: Government of Canada | 1-800-622-6232

Website: http://www.edsc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/index.shtml

DISABILITY RELATED EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS (DRES) | ALBERTA HUMAN SERVICES:

Value: Varies

Description:

Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) helps Albertans with disabilities take employment training and find rewarding jobs and careers. DRES funding is available to pay for supports that help Albertans overcome barriers to education or employment caused by a disability. DRES is offered in three categories:

  • Job Search Supports: Job search supports assist Albertans with disabilities aged 16 and older seek employment. The supports may include a sign language interpreter so that an individual with a hearing impairment can attend a job interview
  • Workplace Supports: Workplace supports assist Albertans with disabilities aged 16 and older make a successful transition into the workplace, maintain employment, and enable their full participation in the workforce. The supports may include a job coach, worksite modification or assistive technology
  • Educational Supports: Education supports assist learners with disabilities who are out of the kindergarten to grade 12 school system, prepare for employment through post-secondary educ ation, basic skill training, academic upgrading or labour market programs. The supports may include sign language interpreters, tutors, note takers, and assistive technology such as software programs specific to the disability

Employer inquiries are welcomed.

Eligibility:

  • Have a diagnosed and documented permanent or chronic disability that creates a barrier to education, training and/or employment
  • Be an Alberta resident
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act be legally entitled to work and/or train in Canada
  • Be employment destined
  • Be d etermined eligible for DRES through an Employability Assessment and have a Service Plan

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Career Information Hotline | 1‑800‑661‑3753

Website: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/services-near-you/3159.html

OPPORTUNITIES FUND FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (OF) | EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA (ESDC):

Value: Financial assistance may be provided to cover a maximum of 80% of the costs associated with operating and delivering approved activities.

Description:

Through funding for organizations, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) program helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

Eligibility:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Municipal governments
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • For-profit organization
  • Provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations

Eligible Participants:

Participants are recruited by the contribution recipients.

To participate in the Opportunities Fund, individuals must:

  • Self-identify as having a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts his or her ability to perform daily activities
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and regulations
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Not be eligible for assistance under Employment Insurance (EI) employment benefits or any similar programs
  • Require assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment

Eligible Expenses:

  • Skills for employment
  • Wage subsidy
  • Self-employment
  • Enhanced employment assistance services
  • Employer awareness

Deadline: March 6, 2018

Contact: Government of Canada | 1-800-622-6232

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/disability-opportunity.html

CANADA DISABILITY SAVINGS GRANT | EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA (ESDC):

Value: Maximum $3,500 per year, with a limit of $70,000 over your lifetime.

Description:

The Canada Disability Savings Grant is a matching grant. That means that the Government also pays into your RDSP to help you save. The Government gives matching grants of up to 300 percent, depending on the beneficiary’s family income and contribution. The maximum Grant amount is $3,500 per year, with a limit of $70,000 over your lifetime. Grants are paid into the RDSP until the end of the year you turn 49 years of age.

Eligibility:

Once you have an RDSP, you can apply for a grant if you:

  • Are 49 years old or under (if you are 49, you must apply before the end of the year)
  • Are a Canadian resident
  • Have a social insurance number

Are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Canada Disability Savings Grant | 1-800-959-8281

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/disability/savings/grants-bonds.html

PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (PDD) | ALBERTA COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES:

Description:

PDD funds programs and services to help adult Albertans with developmental disabilities to be a part of their communities and live as independently as they can.

The program funds four kinds of staffing supports based on an individualized service plan:

  • Community Living Supports help individuals in their home (for example: meal planning and housekeeping)
  • Employment Supports train, educate and support individuals to get and keep jobs
  • Community Access Supports help individuals participate in their community (for example: volunteering, going to clubs, sports and other activities)
  • Specialized Community Supports are generally short-term supports to help with special circumstances (for example: extra help when a person is having trouble)

For service providers

PDD is working closely with families and service providers to successfully transform the program and begin building the system from the individual up, not from the top down.

Together, we will find and implement best practices so we move from activities to outcomes. We will continue to identify areas where change can happen more quickly or needs to happen more slowly.

Throughout the changes that are ahead, we will be reviewing and adjusting approaches as we learn more, to ensure a successful transformation. This responsiveness is nothing new for PDD – in the past, contracts have been regularly reviewed and updated to reflect changing service needs – however, such responsiveness will be even more critical during this time of transition.

Contact: Alberta Supports Contact Centre | 1-877-644-9992 | hs.ascc@gov.ab.ca

Website: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/pdd.html

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (SDPP) | EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA (ESDC):

Value: Maximum $3,000,000 for contributions. Maximum $2,000,000 for grants.

Description:

Through the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP), funding is provided for projects that help to improve the lives of children and families, and supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. The objectives of the Program are to:

  • Support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges
  • Develop, exchange and apply knowledge, tools and resources that address social needs of individuals, families and communities
  • Foster partnerships and networks to address existing and emerging social issues
  • Recognize and support the ability of not-for-profit organizations to identify and address social development priorities
  • Recognize and promote community engagement initiatives (e.g. volunteerism, corporate social responsibility, innovation by not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, coalitions) that mobilize community assets and develop capacities and resources for action

Eligibility:

A not-for-profit organization, including registered charities and social enterprises.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Wages and employment-related costs for staff, fees for professional service
  • Disability supports for staff of the recipient
  • Materials and supplies
  • Printing and communication
  • Travel costs
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Rental of premises
  • Lease, purchase and maintenance of equipment
  • Costs of project audits
  • Evaluations and assessments
  • Performance monitoring, reporting costs and data collection
  • Knowledge development activities
  • Other administrative costs associated with the project based on approved methodology

Deadline: Currently closed. Future deadline to be determined.

Contact: Government of Canada | 1-800-622-6232

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/child-family-social-development.html

 Don’t Wait! Download our “Three Steps to Winning a Government Grant” PDF here – http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/

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