Access Improvement

Recent Access Improvement Grant Awards can be found here

The Access Improvement grant program provides support up to $10,000 for groups to complete projects improving access to the arts for people with disabilities. The program supports accessibility-specific capital projects and programmatic/management projects with significant potential to encourage the increased and long-term participation of people with disabilities in the arts.

Eligible groups are nonprofit organizations, public entities, and informal groups with annual arts programming expenses less than $1 million. Groups must be located within, and eligible project activities must take place solely within, the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. Grant requests must outline specific projects that may include related costs for personnel, supplies, equipment, and other expenses needed to carry out the project.

Please read the guidelines before you apply. The application will be activated six weeks before the deadline.

In addition to the Grant Workshops listed below, join us for the Access Improvement Open Work Session to get help logging into your online account, developing a strong project idea, refining project details, and preparing to write your narrative and budget.

Text Guidelines for screen readers and translation applications are here. MRAC staff is available to assist with adapting our typical process to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunity to submit an application.

Recorded Grant Workshop

one-hour video of the Access Improvement grant workshop is available via YouTube with captions. This is a helpful way to learn more about this grant program and how to put together a competitive grant proposal for the Access Improvement grant program.


Monday, April 6, 2020- 11:59 p.m.- NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE

Program director

Scott Artley

Program requirements & eligibility

The requirements listed below are intended to give a sense of the program and are NOT comprehensive. Please read the complete guidelines before beginning your application and contact your program director with questions.

  • This program funds IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations, non-arts nonprofits, and community education units, and informal/unincorporated arts groups applying with a nonprofit as a fiscal sponsor. Any group must have at least a two-year history of arts programming.
  • The applicant group and project must be located in the 7-county metropolitan region
  • The applicant group’s annualized arts programming expenses must be less than $1,000,000.
  • This program requires a cash match from a source other than MRAC.
  • Informal/unincorporated arts groups must have their own board of directors or advisory committee that provides input on the project and oversight of the grant funds.

For-profit entities, schools, and school support organizations are not eligible to apply for this program, and this program does not fund the purchase of land or buildings, debt reduction, cash reserves, endowments, fundraising events, political lobbying, or discriminatory activities.

Help with your application

All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with their program director prior to starting an MRAC application. Program Directors will provide feedback on applications prior to the deadline; contact your program director to set up a time to have materials reviewed.

Grant application workshops

Application workshops are held about a month prior to the deadline. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective MRAC grant application. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about your project ideas.

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