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 today, Dec. 3, that 58 community projects will receive $434,094 as a part of the Community ACCESS-Ability program.
“These facilities are often the centre of our communities,” said Mr. Porter. “I would like to thank our grant recipients for their leadership in this initiative and for helping move our province to being accessible by 2030.”
Program funding is available to non-profit community groups and municipalities to remove barriers for persons with disabilities in public buildings and spaces.
St. Thomas Church Sisters Guild of Three Mile Plains, Hants Co. was successful in receiving a $6,663 grant to make their kitchen more accessible.
“Quality of life in small town and rural Nova Scotia depends on local facilities and local service organizations,” said Archdeacon Tom Henderson, St. Thomas Anglican Church. “Improvements to access are necessary to make facilities user- friendly to aging and physically challenged individuals. We are grateful to government for helping us better reach the needs of our local community.”
“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