1. Who is eligible to apply for funding through the BC Accessibility Grants Program?

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, recreation centres, trails and pathways; and
  • Multi-unit residential spaces include condominium entrances and shared common areas.

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2. What accessibility improvement projects are eligible for funding?

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).

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3. Why do I need to get an assessment before I apply for funding?

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.

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4. How are applications evaluated?

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.

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5. When do applications need to be submitted?

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

Round 1 Application deadline:
May 31, 2018
Applicant notification:
August 31, 2018
Project and final report completed by:
August 31, 2019
Round 2 Application deadline:
November 30, 2018
Applicant notification:
February 28, 2019
Project and final report completed by:
February 28, 2020
Round 3 Application deadline:
May 31, 2019
Applicant notification:
August 31, 2019
Project and final report completed by:
February 28, 2020

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6. When will I be notified if my application is successful?

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

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7. Who do I contact to find out more about the BC Accessibility Grants Program?

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

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