NL Government: Applications Being Accepted for the Capacity Grant Program

Press Release

September 16, 2022

Today, the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities, announced the opening of applications for the 2022-23 Capacity Grant Program.

Capacity Grants provide funding to advance inclusion by supporting persons with disabilities to become fully engaged in their communities. This initiative aligns with the Health Accord and demonstrates the Provincial Government’s commitment to supporting inclusive and accessible communities.

Budget 2022 invests $250,000 for the Capacity Grant Program; which is designed to help non-profit community-based organizations, incorporated municipalities, and Indigenous governments and organizations prevent and remove barriers to inclusion.

This application-based program provides grants of up to $50,000 for eligible projects that will:

  • Build a positive image of disability;
  • Deliver services with dignity, fairness and respect;
  • Engage persons with disabilities in decision making; and
  • Increase access to disability-related supports and accessibility in the built environment.

The deadline for applications for the 2022-23 Capacity Grant Program is Friday, October 28, 2022.

To date, the Capacity Grant Program has assisted many organizations and municipalities, such as the Violence Prevention Avalon East who received a capacity grant in 2022 for their project entitled Stable and Safe Horseback Riding Program. This innovative equine assisted program uses interactive activities with horses to help empower children, youth and adults to feel safer and stronger.

For more information on the Capacity Grant Program, please visit the department’s website, call toll-free 1-888-729-6279, or text 709-725-4463. Video Relay Service calls are welcome and information and applications are available in alternate formats.


“Advancing accessibility and inclusion throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are key priorities for our government, as well as providing the foundation for thriving and sustainable communities. I look forward to working with our community partners on innovative and creative initiatives to build a province where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

“The funding provided by the Capacity Grant Program helped enhance our ability to provide a safe place that offers children, youth and adults, the opportunity to move forward in life through Equine Therapy Sessions. This important source of funding provided by the Disability Policy Office has enabled our organization and our community partners such as Stable Life Inc., to enhance our innovative programs to better serve our clients.”
Valerie Barter
Executive Director, Violence Prevention Avalon East

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Violence Prevention Avalon East


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