Have a question about our BC Accessibility Grants Program?

Who is eligible to apply for funding through the BC Accessibility Grants Program?
What accessibility improvement projects are eligible for funding?
Why do I need to get an assessment before I apply for funding?
How are applications evaluated?
When do applications need to be submitted?
When will I be notified if my application is successful?
Can my building or site receive another complimentary RHFAC rating once a funded accessibility improvement project is complete?
Who do I contact to find out more about the BC Accessibility Grants Program?



Q: Who is eligible to apply for funding through the BC Accessibility Grants Program?

A: Any non-profit or for-profit commercial, institutional, or multi-family residential building in BC that has completed an RHFAC rating can apply for funding:

  • Commercial spaces include retail shops, offices, industrial sites;
  • Institutional spaces include schools, parks and playgrounds, recreation centres, trails and pathways; and
  • Multi-family residential spaces include condominium entrances and shared common areas.

Q: What accessibility improvement projects are eligible for funding?

A: An accessibility improvement project must:

  • be made to a building or site that has received an RHFAC rating;
  • result in tangible and permanent improvements for people with disabilities in the built environment;
  • be used for improvements to existing buildings only (not for new construction);
  • be completed within one year of funds approval; and
  • receive matched funding (applies to for-profit applicants only).

Q: Why do I need to get an assessment before I apply for funding?

A: The RHFAC rating will provide a snapshot of the overall accessibility of a given building or site by a RHFAC professional. The rating will therefore help highlight the key areas of improvement, which organizations can use to help determine what accessibility improvement project to undertake.

Q: How are applications evaluated?

A: An independent review committee will evaluate applications based on the extent to which the proposed accessibility improvement project:

  • Is a sustainable and appropriate solution,
  • Will make a difference to and impact people with disabilities,
  • Incorporates feedback from your site’s RHFAC rating scorecard,
  • Provides value for money, and
  • Will ensure funding is geographically distributed across BC.

Q: When do applications need to be submitted?

A: Applications may be submitted multiple rounds. Please see below for full list of dates.

Round 1 Application deadline:
February 1, 2018
Applicant notification:
May 2018
Project and final report completed by:
May 2019
Round 2 Application deadline:
July 1, 2018
Applicant notification:
October 2018
Project and final report completed by:
October 2019
Round 3 Application deadline:
December 1, 2018
Applicant notification:
March 2019
Project and final report completed by:
March 2020

Q: When will I be notified if my application is successful?

A: See above chart for all applicable application, notification and project completion dates.

Q: Can my building or site receive another complimentary RHFAC rating once a funded accessibility improvement project is complete?

A: Yes.

Q: Who do I contact to find out more about the BC Accessibility Grants Program?

A: Please email bcgrants@rickhansen.com to find out more about the BC Accessibility Grants Program.