Twin Cities metropolitan nonprofit arts organizations can apply to VSA Minnesota for ADA Access Improvement Grants to help make arts facilities, programming and activities more accessible to people with disabilities.
Eligibility — Nonprofit arts organizations in the seven-county Twin Cities area.
Application Deadlines — December 8, 2017 and May 1, 2018.
$ Available — $155,000.
Grants up to $15,000 are for projects to make significant or long-term improvements with potential to involve more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs.
Grants up to $7,500 are for shorter-term projects.
Funding — The grants are administered by VSA Minnesota for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which voters approved in 2008.
More Information — Several meetings and workshops on accessibility subjects will be offered, or groups can direct questions to or make an appointment with VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant guidelines can be downloaded at http://vsamn.org/arts-organizations/resources-organizations/.
History — Over the past six years $1,468,000 has been awarded to 126 projects conducted by 66 Twin Cities organizations. Projects have included accessibility improvements to:
* facilities (automatic door openers, lifts, ramps, bathrooms, more spaces for patrons using wheelchairs, signage, wider doorways);
* communication (assistive listening systems, audio description equipment, portable sound systems, expanded ASL interpreting, captioning and audio description opportunities for people with hearing or vision loss, assistive technologies and apps);
* programs (inclusive arts and dance classes, adjustable-height art tables, adaptive pottery wheels, sensory tours);
* training of staff/board/volunteers (accessibility consultants, Deaf ambassadors, disability service coordinators, universal design and other seminars, input from advisors with disabilities in updating access plans.