ADA Improvement Grants

This grant program has ended

Nonprofit arts organizations in seven counties served by the Metro Regional Arts Council for the past 10 years have been able to apply for grants from VSA Minnesota to help make arts programming, activities and facilities more accessible to people with disabilities.

This funding has been made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which voters approved in 2008.

Since VSA Minnesota is closing in late September, THE LAST GRANTS administered by VSA Minnesota are being awarded in June 2019 (SEE HOME PAGE ARTICLE). The Metro Regional Arts Council will assume the grant program for 2020 for Twin Cities nonprofit arts organizations. For the past 10 years nonprofits could apply for up to $15,000 for projects with significant or long-term potential to involve more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs. Or they could pursue shorter-term projects with a maximum grant of $7,500. Funded groups must provide a cash match of at least $1 for every $4 requested. The final grant application deadlines were Dec. 14, 2018, and May 1, 2019. The final grant awards were made after a May 31 review panel’s recommendations were approved by the VSA Minnesota Board of Directors.

For more information, contact VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888, or

Metro Region Grants

In the Twin Cities metro area, VSA Minnesota administers ADA Access Improvement Grants of up to $15,000 each for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC). From 2010 through June 2019, 156 projects by 78 different organizations have been funded, totaling $1,791,495.

Recent Grant Recipients:
June 2019
January 2019
June 2018
Feb. 2018
June 2017
Feb. 2017

To learn more about other grant options for your organization, contact VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 or

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