ADA Improvement Grants

Who can apply?

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

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

The grants are intended for projects with significant or long-term potential to involve more people with disabilities as participants or patrons in arts programs. Guidelines do offer an option for shorter-term projects with a maximum grant of $7,500 (compared to $15,000).

Organizations eligible must be located in the Twin Cities (in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties) and have an ongoing budgeted arts program. The 2017 grant guidelines are available at Resources for Arts Organizations – Grant Opportunities. For every $4 requested, an organization must provide a cash match from other sources of at least $1 (a $15,000 grant requires a match of at least $3,750).

Grant guidelines are available by email, mail or other formats. The announcement is sent by email to all arts and disability nonprofit organizations VSA Minnesota has information about, as well as to news media. For more details, contact VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888, or The deadlines for the current fiscal year are December 9, 2016 and May 1, 2017.

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). Since 2010, 113 projects by 64 different organizations have been funded, totaling $1,313,000.

Maximum grant size is $15,000. Grant recipients from 2016 are listed under News. The next grant deadline is May 1, 2017.

To arrange a meeting to learn more about options for the grant for your organization (or several organizations), contact VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888 or

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