CCDS Small Grants Program
About the Program
The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) is a national, not-for-profit, disability-focused research and education organization located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The CCDS Small Grants program was established in 2001 to facilitate involvement of new researchers and assist community-based disability-focused research initiatives in Canada. CCDS provides two grants on an annual basis. One grant is funded by CCDS in honour of our late President, George Dyck who served on the board from 2002 until his death in June 2008. The second grant is funded by the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation.
Goals of the Small Grants Program
- To facilitate research partnerships among researchers, consumer-directed disability groups, and/or other community groups.
- To encourage community-based and participatory action research on disability issues.
Quotes from CCDS Small Grants Recipients
“The funding from CCDS was integral to our ability to conduct the Winter Walkability project. Using a participatory action approach allowed us to explore relevant issues for River East seniors related to community mobility and created an opportunity for these seniors to be involved in policy decisions that affected their community participation.”
- Jacquie Ripat
“This grant enabled me to explore a topic that has been widely ignore in disability research. ‘Parenting with a Disability: Diversity, Barriers and Requirements’ gave voice to the experiences of ethnocultural and racialized parents with disabilities by sharing their stories and highlighting recommendations to ensure a positive parenting experience. Thank you CCDS for taking a chance with a community-based researcher.”
- Rabia Khedr, DiversityworX
“I was greatly appreciative of the grant I received for my research project titled “Quality of Life for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in a Supported Apartment Living Program”. The project incorporated elements of participatory action research with photovoice. The grant money paid for the disposable cameras and the materials used to make up the boards, enabled me to pay each participant a twenty dollar honorarium for their time, paid for lunch out on photovoice day and an album and copy of their pictures as a keepsake. The generous grant was a major contributor to the participants’ enjoyment of the research experience.”
- Heather Milton
“The CCDS small grant was very helpful. It allowed us to conduct a study with a population with which we have limited familiarity. This study has led to three conference presentations, one at the international level. It will also result in an article. Our feedback has been that practitioners have also found the research report useful.”
- Sid Frankel
The CCDS Small Grants program was established in 2001 to facilitate involvement of new researchers and assist community-based disability-focused research initiatives in Canada.About the Program