The Jumpstart Accessibility Grants are offered by the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities to support capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in, recreation facilities. The grants provide funding for projects that improve accessibility, inclusion and safety for children with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that recreation programs and/or services can be accessed and enjoyed by children of all abilities.
Municipalities and other qualified organizations are eligible to apply for the grants, which are offered in two different streams:
- Accessibility-Enabling stream: Provides 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)
- Inclusive Design Innovation stream: Provides 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.
Applications are due by February 15, 2019, and can be submitted online on Jumpstart's website, where further information and the grant guidelines are available for review.