Accessibility Support Fund
Application Accessibility Support Fund
Applicants may be eligible for funding to assist with any or all of the following processes:
- • creating a User Profile and submitting an Applicant and Artist Profile in the FACTOR portal;
- • completing and submitting an application; and
- • completing and submitting a completion for an approved project.
Up to $500 is available per applicant, per FACTOR fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
Funding is available for applicants who self-identify as having disabilities—including physical, sensory, mental, intellectual, and learning disabilities—and require additional support in the application process as a result.
Applicants should contact FACTOR at least 6 weeks before you plan to apply, and, if applicable, 6 weeks before a program deadline.
How the Fund Works
2. You will be asked to provide the following information:
- • The type of assistance requested: profiles, application, or completion;
- • Who you will hire as a service provider, the services they will provide, and their cost. Note that your service provider cannot be a related party; and
- • The amount you are requesting from FACTOR (up to $500 per applicant per fiscal year).
3. If you do not already have an assigned Project Coordinator, one will be assigned to you. If you are eligible for Application Accessibility Support Funding, your Project Coordinator will confirm FACTOR’s contribution within 5 business days.
4. You must enter into a written contract with the service provider that specifies the services to be provided, their timing, and their cost. FACTOR does not provide advice on service providers or facilitate agreements.
5. The service provider must send an invoice for up to $500 to your Project Coordinator. This invoice must be made out to FACTOR and must reference the work that was done for you.
6. Your Project Coordinator will arrange a direct deposit payment to the service provider once the work has been completed.
Recipient Accessibility Support Fund
FACTOR grant recipients are eligible for top-up support to their project funding for costs related to accessibility. FACTOR will allow applications in this fund for up to $5,000 each fiscal year, not to exceed $5,000 per project. Eligible costs claimed under this fund will be reimbursed at 100%. This fund is open to artists and staff of music companies associated with the project Artist or Applicant. Support for this fund is provided exclusively by Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
Eligible costs include but are not limited to: costs to make approved project activities accessible for the Applicant, equipment rental, support worker to assist with approved project activities, sign language interpretation, a guide or visual describer, converting material into accessible formats.
Ineligible costs include but are not limited to: supports and services required for day-to-day living and activities not directly related to the funded project, capital costs (e.g. purchasing equipment), costs supported by other public funders.
How the Fund Works
Recipients may submit their request at any point after accepting FACTOR’s offer of funding for their project. We strongly encourage interested applicants to discuss potential costs with their Project Coordinator in advance. Advances may be available. Invoices or receipts, plus proof of payment, are required upon completion.
Independent Living Canada
FACTOR has partnered with Independent Living Canada to support our applicants and recipients with disability related barriers within the application and fulfillment process. FACTOR is committed to reflecting the diversity of the Canadian population in its programs and operations. We are committed to ensuring universal access to all funds and services, including all musical expressions and talent. We will also in our work encourage these values of diversity and inclusiveness within the broader Canadian music sector.
Independent Living Canada is the national umbrella organization, representing and coordinating a network of Independent Living Centres at the national level. ILC’s core focus is to contribute to their vision of an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.