The NCRA/ANREC has been successful in securing a substantial grant from Employment and Social Development Canada. Our project ‘Empowering Voices’ is designed to achieve the following goals:
Provide targeted training to improve the preparedness of community radio stations to be confident in hiring and volunteering people with disabilities;
Update the community radio “Accessibility Handbook” to reflect new legal requirements and include robust information regarding hiring people with disabilities; and
Increase the number of people with disabilities working in the community radio sector by offering micro-grants to improve physical access.
The NCRA/ANREC is thrilled to announce that a key element of this grant is distributing $50,000 directly to stations for capital upgrades to their stations to improve accessibility!
The criteria for this grant and application guides will be developed by the NCRA/ANREC staff and a newly formed advisory committee on accessibility. The grant will be distributed in micro-grants of between $500 and $8,000.
This Accessibility Committee will be working with us to update our Accessibility Handbook, help in distributing the micro-grant. The Accessibility Committee will be offered an honorarium for their support, and there will be financial support to bring them to the National Conference for training, and a regional summit for training.
We encourage you to share the opportunity to join our accessibility committee with those at your station who may be interested in participating.
The NCRA/ANREC will be releasing the application form for the micro-grant later in the month.
We are very much looking forward to rolling out the training, the grant and the updated handbook.