-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

Accessible Arts

People with disabilities face significant barriers to the arts as creators, participants, and attendees. This pilot program will offer project grants to increase the capacity of the arts sector to make arts experiences more accessible. Funds will be used for investments that will have a longer-term impact on the applicant, such as professional development related to accessibility (i.e., staff or volunteer training, etc.), hiring accessibility consultants to conduct accessibility audits and/or develop accessibility plans, etc. Funds may also be used for small physical or equipment investments (costing less than $5,000) that will make programming more accessible (i.e. assisted listening, captioning equipment, grab bars, etc.).

Program overview and application instructions

The FY 2025 Accessible Arts Program Overview and Application Instructions will be posted approximately 8 weeks prior to the application deadline.

Application deadline

May 3, 2024, before 4:30 p.m.

When will funds be awarded?

Grant awards will be approved at the October 2024 board meeting. The grant period for these awards will be December 2024 - November 2025; all funded activities must take place within the grant period.

Who can apply?

   •  A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt arts organization; or
   •  An arts affiliates of a nonprofit organization or public entity.

Additional eligibility requirements will be included in the FY 2025 Accessible Arts Program Overview and Application Instructions. Please review all eligibility requirements carefully before beginning an application.

Grant range

Applicants may request between $10,000 - $20,000. No cash match is required.

Resources for applicants

Information Session
FY 2025 Accessible Arts Information Session and Q&A with Program Officer
Wednesday, March 27
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Free, virtual, no registration required

Learn more about the FY 2025 Accessible Arts grant program. This virtual information session will provide details about the program purpose, eligibility, and application process. There will be time at the end of the session for a live Q&A with the program officer.

For information on how to join the session, visit the Information Sessions web page.

FY 2025 Grant Programs Overview
The Arts Board hosted two virtual sessions giving a high-level overview of the grant programs offered for organizations in fiscal year 2025. Potential applicants may wish to review the recording of either of these sessions to help determine which is the best fit for their work. Note that the program specific information session linked above will provide a more in-depth understanding of the Accessible Arts grant program for potential applicants.

FY 2025 Grant Programs Overview for Organizations– Recording | Download PowerPoint

If you have questions or need assistance
If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Adam Wiltgen, program officer
AccessibleArts@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2657

If you have questions about the technical aspects of the online application form, or about how to submit the online forms, please send an e-mail message to:
Chris Berry, grants management systems administrator
Apply.Arts@state.mn.us
(651) 539-2668

For accessibility inquiries or accommodation requests, please contact:
Annick Dall-Desbois, outreach and accessibility coordinator
Annick.Dall-Desbois@arts.state.mn.us
(651) 539-2651

The Arts Board offers accommodations, such as alternate format materials, transcription, and other technical assistance, upon request. Grant application deadlines are not able to be extended for any reason. To ensure we are able to provide you access, please make your accommodation request as soon as possible, and no less than two weeks prior to a grant application deadline.

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787 or via Minnesota Relay 711.

How to apply

Application method—All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

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