Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Please take a look at our list of frequently asked questions below.



What is an eligible community awareness celebration event?

To be eligible for funding, an Access4All community awareness building event must include the following activities:

  • An official ribbon cutting or ground breaking activity and presentation;
  • Installation of a permanent plaque (provided by the Rick Hansen Foundation) for the Barrier Buster project site;
  • Event photos (and video where possible) submitted within 24 hours of the event to access4all@rickhansen.com; and
  • Acknowledgement on event invitations and promotion, in speeches, on-site banners, collateral, websites and social media of:
    • Funding from the Rick Hansen Foundation with the participation of the Government of Canada.
    • Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 National and Provincial corporate sponsors
    • Positive project impact/s including how the project has and will help people in the community, as well as messaging around the importance of accessibility
What community awareness building event expenses are eligible for funding?

Eligible community awareness event costs include:

  • An official ribbon cutting or ground breaking activity and presentation;
  • Installation of a permanent plaque (provided by the Rick Hansen Foundation) for the Barrier Buster project site;
  • Event photos (and video where possible) submitted within 24 hours of the event to access4all@rickhansen.com; and
  • Acknowledgement on event invitations and promotion, in speeches, on-site banners, collateral, websites and social media of:
    • Food and beverage
    • Associated licences and permits;
    • Entertainment;
    • Audio Visual / photographer;
    • Promotional materials;
    • Event planning services;
    • Media / PR outreach;
    • Security; and
    • Insurance.

Who approves Barrier Buster funding applications?

Applications will initially be reviewed by a Review Committee of accessibility experts and members of the disability community. The Review Committee, with help from independent external experts, will score the application against predetermined assessment criteria and make recommendations to a Grants Committee. The Grants Committee will then consider the Review Committees recommendations and approve (or decline) an application.

What criteria will be used to evaluate grant applications?

To be eligible for funding an application must generally first demonstrate that it meets the eligibility criteria (i.e., the recipient, activities and expenditures are all eligible).

Eligible applications will then be scored by the review committee based on the extent to which they satisfy each of the following assessment criteria:

  1. Degree to which the project results in tangible, permanent and improved accessibility meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a public space (needs that cannot be met by traditional programs, services or funding sources);
  2. Number of people with disabilities positively impacted by the project;
  3. The ability of the applicant to carry out the project successfully (based on information provided in the application);
  4. Degree to which project will be sustainable;
  5. Value for money (the reasonableness of the budget based on the project description);
  6. The ability of the recipient to obtain funding from other sources;
  7. Extent to which the project fosters innovation (creative, effective approaches to accessibility solutions);
  8. Degree to which people with disabilities have been consulted;
  9. Extent to which the project encourages partnerships (collaborative approaches to accessibility solutions);
  10. Extent to which the project provides an opportunity for community engagement through the awareness celebration event;
  11. Ensures a balance of funding across provinces and territories.

When will I receive confirmation that my project is approved or declined?

Barrier Buster grants will be approved and recipients notified on a rolling, first come first served basis between September 19, 2016 and May 30, 2017. The Rick Hansen Foundation will notify all successful and unsuccessful grant recipients by May 30, 2017 at the latest.

What if my project will take longer than the project completion deadlines?

Preference will be given to infrastructure improvement portions of Barrier Buster projects that are completed by December 31, 2017 and awareness building events that are completed by January 31, 2018.

What is an Ambassador presentation?

Ambassadors are people with disabilities trained to deliver impactful presentations to schools and communities. An Ambassador presentation is a powerful and engaging way to demonstrate the potential of people with disabilities and to highlight the importance of access and inclusion. Visit our Ambassador Program page to learn more.

We have Ambassadors across Canada, but if no local Ambassador is available to present in person, our Ambassadors can also deliver presentations remotely.

Is there a cost to book an Ambassador presentation?

No, there is no cost to book an ambassador presentation.

How can I book an Ambassador presentation to learn more about accessibility?

You can book an Ambassador presentation for a community event by filling out our online booking form. To book an Ambassador presentation for your school, visit our School Program page.

What educational resources are available to help students learn about disability, access and inclusion?

The Access4All Educator Resource includes lesson plans, activities, projects, handouts and tools for teachers to help students understand disability, access and inclusion, identify barriers in their school or community, and develop hands-on Barrier Buster projects to create and celebrate positive change.


Can we sell tickets to our Awareness Event as a fundraising strategy?

Unfortunately no, a Barrier Buster Project Awareness Event must be free to attend, and cannot be simultaneously used as a fundraising event for your school or community space.