Provincial government funding of $650,000 is being provided for accessible vehicle funding and inclusion grants, the provincial government announced today.
A news release notes accessible vehicle funding will support individuals and families who wish to purchase, repair and install eligible accessibility features for a new or existing personal vehicle.
Funding to a maximum of $25,000 will be provided to eligible applicants with annual net incomes of $46,500 or less. Eligible applicants with an annual net income between $46,500 and $64,000 will qualify for partial funding.
Accessibility features include items such as hand controls, steering devices, lifts and ramps, door alterations, left-foot gas pedals, wheelchair securing systems and customized seating.
“Both the accessible vehicle funding and inclusion grants will work to make a real and positive difference in people’s lives throughout our province,” said Joan Burke, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
“These initiatives are a direct reflection of ideas and solutions we heard from individuals with disabilities.”
Inclusion Grants will provide funding to non-profit, community-based organizations, supporting the removal of barriers through two categories: Accessibility Grants and Disability-Related Accommodations Grants. Accessibility Grants are for renovating or retrofitting buildings to be more accessible through alterations such as installing automatic door openers or lowering sinks and counters. Disability-Related Accommodations Grants are for providing supports at community events and activities. This includes sign-language interpretation, captioning and audio support for assistive-listening devices.
Applications for Accessible Vehicle Funding and Inclusion Grants are available, including alternate formats, at www.aes.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/default.html or upon request at 709-729-6048, toll-free 1-888-729-6279, TTY 1-888-729-5440.