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Two grant programs giving $1.5 million to nearly 100 projects to improve accessibility in N.S.

By Caitlin Snow Jul 12, 2023 | 12:20 PM

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The Business ACCESS-ability Grant Program and the Community ACCESS-ability Grant Program will give $1.5 million to improve accessibility at 96 facilities and businesses in the province.

“Healthy communities are a top priority for this government,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “These grants remove barriers so that Nova Scotians can access services and opportunities close to home and lead healthy, active lifestyles.”

Two of the projects include:

-Mersey River Chalets which will receive $15, 306 for shower and pathway upgrades

“Mersey River Chalets was established in 1995 as a fully accessible wilderness resort in the heart of Southwest Nova Scotia. The goal of the founders was to provide a barrier free and inclusive vacation experience for people with limited mobility and their families and friends. The funding will support us in sustaining and expanding our facilities and continue to offer both, barrier free accommodations and nature experiences.”
– Andrea Wegerer, Manager, Mersey River Chalets

-The Town of Lunenburg will get $14, 003 to the Lunenburg Arena to redesign the entry ramp to meet current accessibility requirements and improve lighting in the entryway

“Built in 1928, the Arena has over 90 years of memories and is an integral part of life in Lunenburg. It is used by thousands of people every year who enjoy skating and hockey during the winter months, and a range of events in the summer months including the weekly Farmers’ Market, craft shows, folk art festivities, ball hockey and more. Improvements to the facility will allow for more inclusive participation in our wonderful recreation opportunities.”
– Kelly Cunningham, Recreation Manager, Town of Lunenburg

Quick Facts:
— both programs provide up to two-thirds of the costs of improvements
— Business ACCESS-Ability will have a second round of applications with a deadline of September 29
— applications for next year’s Community ACCESS-Ability grants will open in the fall
— eligible groups include non-profit organizations, museums, post secondary schools, libraries, hospital, towns, villages and municipalities
— the Province’s accessibility strategy, Access by Design 2030, outlines how government will achieve its goal of an accessible province by providing people with disabilities equitable access to programs, services, information and infrastructure

More information on the Business ACCESS-Ability Grant Program and the list of 2023-24 recipients are available at: https://cch.novascotia.ca/business-access-ability-grant-program

More information on the Community ACCESS-Ability Program and the list of 2023-24 recipients are available at: https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-our-future/community-funding-and-awards/community-access-ability-program


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