Accessibility Projects

Accessibility Project Grant 2021

Promoting Inclusion and Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for 2021 as the successful applicants have been announced. 

Accessibility Projects

BC celebrated its first annual Accessibility Week from May 27th to June 2nd, 2018. As part of the Province’s goal to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in BC, DABC was selected by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) to disburse funding to community based “Accessibility Projects” (projects that promote greater accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities in BC communities). With the successful administration of the Accessibility Project 2018, 2019, and 2020, DABC was again selected to administer Accessibility Project 2021. Funding of $10,000 to $40,000 per project will be disbursed to a maximum of $450,000. Proposals were due by October 2nd, 2021 and funding for successful projects will be disbursed in early 2022.

Province Announces Successful 2021 Applicants

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). As noted on the United Nations’ website, “The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.” The theme for IDPD 2021 is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

For the fourth year in a row, the provincial government has chosen this day to announce the community organizations that will receive funding for projects promoting accessibility and inclusion. As with other years, grants will be disbursed by Disability Alliance BC.

The successful applicants are:

  • The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Society. Project Name: Accessibility & Community Building at the Arts Club
  • Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Vernon. Project Name: “Art for All” by Joining Hands
  • Belfry Theatre Society, Victoria. Project name: Belfry Theatre Accessibility Initiative
  • Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, Vancouver. Project Name: Program Support: Movement Therapy, Dance, Yoga
  • Cherryville Community Food and Resource Society, Regional District
    of North Okanagan. Project Name: Reaching Cherryville Residents Living with Disabilities
  • Coastal Research, Education, and Advocacy Network, Victoria. Project Name: Art Therapy Sessions for Youth With Disabilities
  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Project name: Disability Journey TOGETHER
  • Made in BC dance on tour, Vancouver. Project Name: Collective Access Screendance Residency
  • Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Katzie Seniors Network, Maple Ridge. Project Name: Safety for Everyone: A Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Template for BC Local Authorities
  • North Shore ConneXions Society, North Vancouver. Project Name: Access4Rec.
  • Pedal Society, Vancouver. Project Name: Our Community Bikes Deaf Access
  • Powell River Brain Injury Society. Project Name: Our People, Our Place; A History in Art
  • Vines Art Festival Society, Vancouver. Project Name: Mobilizing Land
  • Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, Victoria. Project Name: Accessibility Project Grant
  • The Victoria Society for Blind Arts and Culture. Project Name: Your Eyes My Vision

DABC Vice-Chair Julia Lamb was quoted in the Province’s news release, stating:

“It has been very meaningful to be a part of this year’s Accessibility Project Grant review team and to learn about organizations across B.C. working to improve accessibility,” said Julia Lamb, board member, Disability Alliance BC. “This grant makes possible projects that allow people with disabilities to participate as equals in community, inclusive of our diverse experiences. I’m looking forward to witnessing the progress and positive impact of these projects on our collective future.”

Information about Eligibility

Accessibility Projects must focus on at least one of the following:

  • Accessible employment;
  • Accessible emergency planning and response;
  • Accessible arts, culture and tourism;
  • Accessible sports and recreation;
  • Accessible education and learning;
  • Accessible community participation

Eligible Organizations

Eligible organizations must be BC-based not-for-profit organizations that operate primarily for community benefit and whose services are open to the public and not restricted to the organization’s membership.  Organizations do not need to be a registered charity but must have a democratically elected volunteer Board chosen by its membership.

Ineligible Organizations

National or international organizations may be eligible, but only if they have a base of operations in BC and sufficient capacity to deliver services in BC. Governmental organizations, including municipalities, are ineligible for funding. Organizations that have a real or perceived conflict of interest with DABC or organizations who have previously been awarded an Accessibility Grant are also ineligible.

Ineligible projects

The following types of projects are ineligible:

  • Research studies or projects aimed at producing policy briefs that do not directly result in improved accessibility outcomes for people with disabilities;
  • Projects that provide or donate funds directly to people with disabilities other than for wages, contract fees, or expenses directly related to project participation;
  • Previous projects that already received an Accessibility Grant.

Key Accessibility Project Dates

Key Date 1Applications must be received by 12:00 pm (Noon), October 2nd, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
Key Date 2Funding will be disbursed to successful proponents between December 3, 2021 and January 15, 2022.
Key Date 3Successful proponents will submit an interim written report to DABC by June 30, 2022.
Key Date 4Successful proponents will submit a final written report to DABC by February 4, 2023. All projects must be completed by February 4, 2023.

For more information about the project, please contact:

Danielle Gauld
Local: 604-875-0188
Toll Free: 1-800-663-1278