The Community ACCESS-Ability Program reflects the Government of Nova Scotia's commitment to persons with disabilities by providing equal opportunity and improved access to community facilities. This program offers cost-shared grants to community groups for accessibility related capital improvements.
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.
Who can apply?
- Registered non-profit society/cooperative in good standing
- Federally incorporated non-profit organization
- Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw Councils
Businesses can apply for a cost-shared grant to make accessibility-related improvements. Improvements can be for clients and customers, for employees, or both. There are five categories of funding
- Built Environment: Removing physical barriers for persons to access business services, by installing ramps, accessible washrooms, door openers, and other projects.
- Accessible Communications Services: Ensuring that all customers, clients, and employees can access information related to a business.
- Assistive Devices: Ensuring that employees and consumers who are person with disabilities have the devices they need to effectively do their jobs and access places of business.
- Universal Design Capacity Building: Training in the field of Universal Design, both for technical services professionals and for persons with disabilities wishing to better understand its value.
- Accessible Transportation: Providing support for businesses to improve access to transportation services.