Deadline approaching for funding to boost accessibility at your business

The federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) offers up to $50,000 in funding to help improve accessibility in your business.

The EAF is accepting applications until July 26, 2016, for funding from businesses and organizations through its Workplace Accessibility Stream and Community Accessibility Stream.

The government gives successful applicants 65% of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $50,000 per funded project.

If your business has fewer than 100 employees or you’re a community-based employer, you may be eligible for funding in the Workplace Accessibility Stream to help remove barriers to accessibility in your workplace.

Possibly the most important eligibility criteria for the funding? Projects must aim to create and/or maintain employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Your workplace accessibility initiatives might involve:

  • Renovation
  • Construction
  • Retrofit activities
  • Accessible workplace technologies

Depending on the type of business you operate, your specific accessibility project will have its own particular requirements. Here are some specific examples of projects across different types of functions and environments:

  • Automated door openers
  • Constructing a universally designed office
  • Voice-activated software
  • Retrofitting washrooms

Apply for funding or learn more about these funding streams at the EAF website.

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