Local groups receive gov’t grants to improve accessibility

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County is among several groups across the county and province to receive provincial government grant money to improve accessibility.

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  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.

“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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County will receive $10,000. Other Pictou County recipients include: District 3 Community Assocation, $4,258.55; Garden of Eden Community Club, $10,000; Royal Canadian Legion Branch 108 River John, $5,000; Scotsburn Recreation Club, $2,575.50; St. George’s Anglican Church, $1,205; Town of Westville, $5,310.10; and Trenton and Area Minor Softball Association, $6,651.32.

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