Funding: Social Development Projects for People with Disabilities – 1. Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

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Deadline: November 3, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time

1. Overview

For this Call for Proposals (CFP), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) encourages applicants to submit their Application for Funding on its new online system, Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS). GCOS is a secure web environment for applying for Grants and Contributions (Gs&Cs) programs that will allow you to manage your agreements with ESDC online in an efficient way (e.g., with 24/7 access, by submitting financial claims and reports electronically). GCOS registration can take up to two (2) weeks; therefore, if you do not already have an account, we invite you to register as soon as possible.


The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications for funding from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability component (SDPP-D).

This CFP provides information to assist you with the completion of the Application for Funding. It is recommended that you read the entire CFP before you start completing your application, as it provides important details on the information and supporting documentation ESDC requires to assess your application. We also suggest that you print or save a copy of this CFP for future reference as it will no longer be accessible on-line after this CFP closes on November 3, 2016, at 11:59 pm, Pacific time. The CFP is made up of several web pages; therefore, if you choose to print directly from our website, you must print each tab individually.

If you have enquiries about this CFP process, please send them to

Enquiries will be answered between September 22 and October 20, 2016. During this time, to ensure fairness and transparency, additional information stemming from the enquiries received may be posted under Guides and help on the right navigation pane as they become available.

Objective of this Program

SDPP-D supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. More specifically, the program supports not-for-profit organizations across Canada in tackling barriers faced by people with disabilities with respect to social inclusion.

Objective of this CFP

The objective of this CFP is to invite eligible organizations with a disability-focused mandate, who are also pursuing activities in line with relevant SDPP-D objectives, to submit proposals on innovative projects that will explore new ways of reducing barriers for people with disabilities, or those which build on existing programs and services.

Relevant SDPP objectives are:

  • support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges
  • develop, exchange and apply knowledge, tools and resources that address social needs of individuals, families and communities
  • foster partnerships and networks to address existing and emerging social issues

For the purpose of this CFP, funded projects will identify, develop and test promising practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

As the focus of this CFP is to develop innovative practices and tools, projects focused only on research will not be eligible. However, research activities may constitute a part of a project.

Expected results

For the purpose of this CFP, projects must demonstrate the following two expected results:

  • innovative approaches to reducing barriers to social inclusion for people with disabilities are identified, developed, and tested
  • the not-for-profit disability sector establishes formal partnershipsFootnote 1

This is a competitive process and not all applications submitted under this CFP will be selected, as funding is limited and subject to ESDC’s yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

The Government of Canada reserves the right to accept an application for funding in whole or in part and give consideration to factors such as geographic coverage and official languages requirements.

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