Grants Help Community Groups and Municipalities Improve Accessibility
Community groups and municipalities across the province are investing in capital improvements to improve accessibility at community and municipal facilities.
Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced Dec. 3, that 58 community projects will receive $434,094 as a part of the Community ACCESS-Ability program. Recipients in the Municipality of Pictou County include:
District 3 Community Association – $4,258.55
Garden of Eden Community Club $10,000
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108, River John - $5,000
Scotsburn Recreation Club - $2,575.50
Program funding is available to non-profit community groups and municipalities to remove barriers for persons with disabilities in public buildings and spaces.
“Community and municipal buildings serve as gathering places and host countless community events every year, said Gerry Post, executive director, Accessibility Directorate, Government of Nova Scotia. “By removing barriers to accessibility, persons with disabilities will have the same opportunities to participate and contribute to the communities they live in.”
The Community ACCESS-Ability grant program supports government’s efforts to achieve an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. Government recently released the province’s strategy for accessibility, Access by Design 2030, which identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act.
The program is still open to applications. Interested community groups and municipalities are encouraged to apply. A list of grant recipients as of Dec. 3 and more information are available at, https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-our-future/community-funding-and-awards/community-access-ability-program