Eligible Organizations 

To be eligible for an Accessibility Grant, applicants must be qualified donees as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Funding Streams

There are 2 funding streams within the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants:  

Accessibility-Enabling Grants

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)  

Eligible Expenditures (include, but aren't limited to):


  • Renovations to widen hallways or doorways that are too narrow for a child using a wheelchair, electric scooter, or walker.
  • Installing elevators, lifts, or pool pods.
  • Building accessible walkways between outdoor amenities at a recreation facility (i.e., between tennis courts, pools, playgrounds, and parks).

Inclusive Design Innovation Grants

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.

Eligible expenditures (include, but aren't limited to):  

  • Upgrading a recreational field to be fully accessible and inclusive (i.e., upgrading a baseball field to be a Challenger baseball field). 
  • Installing a ceiling-track lift system for a seamless, accessible travel path.
  • Enhancing capital project plans for rinks to make them fully accessible and inclusive for para-hockey use. 
  • Adapting recreational facilities to accommodate sensory and invisible disabilities (i.e., creating a sensory room as an outlet for children 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 change rooms are all universally accessible.

Where possible, applicants should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from federal, provincial, territorial, and/or municipal governments.

For more information about eligible expenses, please review our detailed Eligibility Criteria Guidelines.

Grant Timelines

Applications must be submitted between November 30, 2018 and February 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed by a grant advisory committee comprised of inclusivity and accessibility subject matter experts. Jumpstart reserves the right to decrease any funding request if we feel the budget is too large for the proposed project.
All applicants will be contacted by May, 2019. 


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. 


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.

Apply for an Accessibility Grant