JUMPSTART ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS

Jumpstart Accessibility Grants are intended to support capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in, recreation facilities for children with disabilities in Canadian communities.

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR JUMPSTART ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS?

To be eligible for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant, the applicant must be a qualified donee as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency.

• For more information on qualified donees please visit: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cgd/qlfddns-eng.html

FUNDING STREAMS AND AMOUNTS

There are 2 funding streams within the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants:

  1. Accessibility-Enabling: Jumpstart will provide grants up to $50,000 for projects designed to help organizations enable general accessibility within their facilities so recreation programs and/or services can be accessed. (i.e. renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues)

  2. Inclusive Design Innovation: Jumpstart will provide grants between $100,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion and accessibility for children of different abilities.
Where possible, applications should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from Federal/Provincial/Territorial and/or municipal governments.

WHAT EXPENDITURES ARE ELIGIBLE 

Examples of eligible activities under the Accessibility Enabling Grants stream include, but are not limited to:

• Renovations to widen hallways/doorways that are too narrow for a child using a wheelchair, electric scooter or walker;
• Installing elevators or lifts/pool pods;
•Building continuous accessible walkways between outdoor amenities at a recreation facility (i.e. between tennis courts, pools, playgrounds, and parks)
 
Eligible activities under the Inclusive Design Innovation Grants stream should set a new standard for universal access. Examples include but are not limited to:

• Upgrading a recreational field to be fully accessible and inclusive (e.g. upgrading a baseball field to be a Challenger baseball field);
• Installation of a ceiling track lift system to allow for a seamless, accessible path of travel within a recreation facility.
• Enhancing capital project plans for rinks to make them fully accessible and inclusive for para-hockey use;
• Enhancing recreational facilities to include adaptations for sensory and invisible disabilities (e.g., creation of a sensory room to provide an outlet for individuals who may have heightened sensory experiences while participating in group activities) 
• Enhancing plans for a new field house or indoor gym by ensuring that flooring surfaces, court dividers and changerooms are all universally accessible. 

For more information about eligible expenses, please review the detailed Jumpstart Accessibility Grant Eligibility Criteria Guidelines.

HOW ARE JUMPSTART ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED?

  1. Read and understand all the eligibility criteria and funding guidelines.  
  2. Complete the Jumpstart Accessibility Budget and Jumpstart Accessibility Funding Forms and include all required supplementary documentation. For more information about the application process and what’s required, please review the detailed Jumpstart Accessibility Grant Eligibility Criteria Guidelines..
  3. Complete the online application form, read and accept the grant Terms and Conditions before submitting. 
Applications must be submitted between November 30, 2018 and February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be accepted.
WHO REVIEWS SUBMISSIONS?
All applications will be adjudicated by a Grant Advisory Committee comprised of subject matter experts in the fields of inclusivity and accessibility. All decisions will be shared at the end of May.

Jumpstart reserves the right to decrease any funding request if we feel the budget is too large for the project proposed.

For more information regarding the evaluation process, please review the Jumpstart Accessibility Grant Assessment Criteria document.  

CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS

Email: jumpstart_pfaw@cantire.com
 Tel: 1-844- YES-PLAY