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Call for Letters of Intent - February 1 to March 23, 2017

We are pleased to announce our third Call for Letters of Intent – Grant Applications to the Fund.

If you intend to apply to the Fund for a Grant, you/your organization must complete a Letter of Intent and submit this to our offices no later than end of day, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Details on what to include in a Letter of Intent, and the kinds of initiatives we’re looking for, can be found at Call for Letters. We also encourage any potential applicants to review our Mandate to ensure your idea is in line with the Fund’s objectives.

Eligibility

With respect to eligibility for a Broadcasting Accessibility Fund grant, the lead proponent (i.e. team leader) must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

In addition, successful applicants will be contractually obliged to conduct the bulk of the work involved (for example, research and development) in Canada.

Partnerships (such as joint initiatives proposed by the disability community, a research group, a university and/or a broadcaster) are strongly encouraged.

Streams of Funding

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund will consider proposals that meet the following guidelines for eligible streams of funding. We strongly urge you to refer to the BAF Mandate to ensure your initiative addresses the key goals of the Fund. You must clearly demonstrate how your initiative will tangibly increase accessibility to broadcasting content in Canada.

For the First Round of Letters of Intent, proposals for the following streams will be considered:

  • Technical R&D
    • Research into the functional interfaces for set top boxes or handheld television controllers (Example: research into head stylus/finger sensor enabling simplified access to programming; audible programming menus; software to simplify access to described video via universal remote controls)
    • Research into methods of reducing costs for accessible content (Example: development of software enabling faster and cheaper posting of captions or description for online content)
    • Research into the development and introduction of new digital options and technologies for accessible content or multiplatform accessibility applications (Example: simplified user-controlled movement of on-screen captions; applications to turn a smartphone into a universal remote control activated by voice, touch or assistive device)
  • Business Innovation
    • Proposals for the development of new revenue models to underwrite the costs associated with accessible content
    • Business case development
    • Other proposals designed to foster business advancement in accessibility to broadcasting content
  • Education
    • Development of post-secondary curricula in broadcasting accessibility (Example: an online course on accessibility to digital content)
  • Other Research or Project Initiatives to Increase Accessibility to Broadcasting Content
    • Research or project initiatives that combine elements of the above noted categories

PLEASE NOTE: The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund is not a production fund. Rather, it is designed to support innovative solutions for greater accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities. The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund will not consider for funding any proposal that would result in the fulfillment of existing regulatory obligations for broadcasting accessibility or that would introduce any new regulatory obligations for broadcasting accessibility.

 

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