The Centre for Global Disability Studies is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 small grants fund.

Faculty, graduate students, researchers, and units affiliated with University of Toronto are eligible to apply for these grants on a rolling basis.

Grants of $100-$1500 will be awarded based on merit of the proposal and demonstrated excellence in the spirit of each award category and the mission of the centre. 

Small grants are not intended as a vehicle for sole research support, but rather as a resource to promote global disability studies and disability access in already ongoing research and scholarly activity across the University of Toronto.

Grants are offered in the following categories. You may apply to more than one category. 

Research activities 

  • Accessible Research Small grants to support accessibility for researchers or research participants with disabilities. This can include addressing access barriers in the conduct of research at field sites, archives, laboratories, etc. or in presenting research at a conference or workshop (e.g. a wheelchair-user research participant requiring more expensive accommodations than typical grant budgets allow in a given city; a graduate researcher with diabetes who needs financial assistance to ensure they will have sufficient insulin throughout a year long period of research abroad; a faculty researcher who will present at a conference but needs extra funds for a support worker to travel). CGDS requests that researchers name the centre as a supporter in subsequent publications, where appropriate.
  • Disability Studies Knowledge Dissemination and Community Engagement Small grants to support scholarly publication or knowledge translation through the creation of public-facing scholarship, media, or community-engaged work. The work should translate disability studies research to broad audiences, including the general public, government, policy-analysts, activists, artists, research participants, or scholars. The purpose of this grant is to support researchers in creating outputs that benefit the broader community and support global disability justice. Possible requests may relate to: image rights in publications, technical costs related to creating videos, podcasts, websites, or other public-facing research outputs, costs related to reporting research findings back to a community of research participants, translation of outreach materials into non-English languages, etc. Media outputs should be designed to be accessible to a variety of audiences. Our centre is happy to work with you to plan for and determine disability access protocols (e.g. ALT text, Simple English, transcripts, audio description) appropriate to your proposed project.


  • Disability Studies and Disability Justice Events Small grants to academic units, working groups, faculty, researchers, and graduate students to support a visiting speaker, film screening, book launch, exhibition, etc. with significant themes related to disability studies, disability justice, and global disability studies. CGDS must be listed as an event co-sponsor, and events should be presented accessibly. Our centre will be happy to work with you to plan for increasing the accessibility of your event.  
  • Accessible Events Matching Funds Small grants to support a unit undertaking measures to make campus events accessible to broader audiences. It is the responsibility of the hosting unit to budget for, and make, University of Toronto events accessible to audiences with a variety of needs related to disability and impairment. Too frequently, the matter is left unaddressed. The purpose of this grant is to incentivize and normalize unit support for accessibility. Therefore, CGDS will offer small matching grants to support accessibility elements at a research-related campus or public event (e.g. to support ASL, CART, or other accessibility measure), on any research topic or subject, in person or virtual. The grant is a “matching” grant in that the applicant must demonstrate that they have also obtained accessibility support funding from another institutional source before the grant can be disbursed. Other sources include a given unit’s Dean’s office, Departmental budget, AccessAbility Services, or an external grant. Our centre will be happy to work with you to plan for and to determine a budget for accessibility, and to assist you with approaching other units for matching funds.

How to Apply 

Submit the following:   

  • Award Application Coversheet (completed) 
  • Proposal and budget describing how the award will be spent (including title and description of the project or event, a discussion of cosponsors, and intended impact) 
  • Current CV for the applicant(s).  

Applications should be submitted by email to with SMALL GRANTS APPLICATION in the subject line.  

Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis; please allow 3-4 weeks for response. If a request requires expedited attention, please indicate this in your email by providing a one sentence justification for requesting the expedited review. Grants are intended to be used in the academic year in which they are disbursed (July 1- June 30).

At present the CGDS small grants are available only to faculty, staff, and graduate student members of the UofT campus community. Undergraduate students and community partners may partner with faculty, graduate students, or campus units to apply. Please propose community partnerships with CGDS directly with an email to

Learn about events and projects funded through the CGDS Small Grants program in past years here.