The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is pleased to announce the opening of the Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant Program application and selection process. These grants will support capital improvements specifically dedicated to improving programmatic access for persons with disabilities.
Eligible applicants include any Massachusetts city, town, special purpose district and/or regional governmental organization. Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to successful applicants to remove barriers and to create and improve accessible features in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Examples of eligible projects include the addition of features such as ramps, elevators, power lifts, signage, communication access devices, and curb cuts. Grants will be awarded to projects that demonstrate that they will have a real and tangible positive impact on persons with disabilities.
Municipalities that have signed, or are willing to sign, a Community Compact (CC) and selected the “Public Accessibility Best Practice” option will be provided priority for grant funding. Planning Grants will also be available to applicants that have not yet met the Administrative Requirements set forth in Title II of the ADA and do not have Self-Evaluation or Transitions Plans.
Under M.G.L. Chapter 40 Section 8J, MOD serves as the coordinator of municipal Commissions on Disabilities (CODs) and recognizes that architectural and programmatic barriers to facilities and services exist throughout many municipal buildings in Massachusetts. MOD seeks to work with communities to realize their ADA obligations and to engage in an interactive process so that municipalities can better understand and achieve increased access and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Application Process and Deadlines: Year 1 Application period is February 6, 2017 through June 30, 2017. All Year 1, FY17 grants must be submitted in hard-copy.
For more details please:
- Visit mass.gov/mod/adagrant
- Email email@example.com
- Call (617)727-7440 extension 27317
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