ADA Improvement Grants

Who can apply?

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 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. Organizations may pursue 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), have an ongoing budgeted arts program and provide a cash match from other sources 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 will be made after a May 31 panel review. Since VSA Minnesota is closing in late September, this grant program will be assumed by the Metro Regional Arts Council for 2020.

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). Since 2010, 149 projects by 76 different organizations have been funded, totaling $1,705,635.

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

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

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