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Manitoba Accessibility Fund

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Application Deadline: April 15.

On April 14, 2021, Rochelle Squires, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for Accessibility, announced the establishment of the Manitoba Accessibility Fund (MAF).  The fund and its grant program will assist municipalities, non-profit organizations and businesses in Manitoba by providing financial support for projects that remove barriers for people with disabilities, and promote accessibility across the province.

The fund is a one-time, $20 million contribution to the Winnipeg Foundation.  Beginning in 2022, the yearly return on investment will be used to provide grants of up to $50,000.  The Winnipeg Foundation will manage and invest the endowment fund, whereas Manitoba Families will administer the annual grants program.

Eligibility

For 2022/23, MAF applications must target the first three accessibility standards affecting:

  • Customer Service (enacted 2015)  – which prevents and removes barriers to accessing goods or services
  • Employment (enacted 2019) – which requires barrier-free practices related to employee recruitment, hiring and retention
  • Information and Communications (anticipated in 2022) – which sets requirements for removing barriers to information and communications electronically, in print and in-person

For 2022/23, MAF applications must fulfill at least one of the following objectives in support of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and the standards listed above:

  • Raise awareness about preventing and removing barriers.
  • Develop tools, resources and training to support compliance with AMA standards.
  • Remove barriers to information and communications electronically, in print and in-person.

Application Procedure

During the 2022/23 pilot year, the MAF will not fund renovations or new builds to enhance physical accessibility. Please visit Manitoba Grants Online for provincial grant information. For federal funding, visit the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

For alternate formats or accessibility accommodations, please contact the Manitoba Accessibility Office at 204-945-7613 toll-free at 1-800-282-8069 (Ext. 7613), or MAO@gov.mb.ca

Official Website: Manitoba Accessibility Fund

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