An employee of the Shanty Café in Yarmouth

Business ACCESS-Ability Grant Program

Businesses can apply for a cost-shared grant to make accessibility-related improvements. Improvements can be for clients and customers, for employees, or both.

Five categories of funding

Built Environment:

Removing physical barriers for persons to access business services, by installing ramps, accessible washrooms, door openers, and other projects.

Accessible Communications Services:

Ensuring that all customers, clients, and employees can access information related to a business.

Assistive Devices:

Ensuring that employees and consumers who are person with disabilities have the devices they need to effectively do their jobs and access places of business.

Universal Design Capacity Building:

Training in the field of Universal Design, both for technical services professionals and for persons with disabilities wishing to better understand its value.

Accessible Transportation:

Providing support for businesses to improve access to transportation services. 

Apply for 2019 - 2020

The Business ACCESS- Ability Program guidelines and application form for 2019-2020 will have changes and be available soon. Applicants can now use last year’s guideline and application form on line to apply.

New guidelines and points of clarification to keep in mind when applying:

  • maximum grant amounts available per year is $100,000 per applicant.
  • Features and improvements required by law or legislation are not eligible.
  • only organizations and businesses that deliver training and educational services targeted at the business community are eligible for the Universal Design Capacity funding category. Contact Wayne Matheson (, Business ACCESS-Ability Grant Coordinator, for more information on Universal Design Capacity Building opportunities.
  • funding available for Accessible Transportation projects is up to 2/3 of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $20,000.



Program guidelines

Online application

The Business ACCESS-Ability Program furthers the Province of Nova Scotia’s commitment to equal opportunity and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities.

2018 - 2019 Recipients

View 2018-2019 grant recipients list