The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD), is pleased to announce the Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant Program application and selection process.  Eligible applicants include any Massachusetts city, town, special purpose district and/or regional governmental organization (hereinafter referred to as “Applicants.”)  These grants will support capital improvements specifically dedicated to improving programmatic access and/or removing barriers encountered by persons with disabilities in Applicant facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to successful Applicants to remove barriers and create and improve accessible features and programmatic access for persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. 

Examples include but are not limited to increasing both physical access and programmatic access through the addition of features such as: ramps, elevators, power lifts and Limited Use/Limited Application (LULAs), signage, communication access devices, curb cuts and/or any other features that are designed to improve architectural access and/or programmatic access.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that demonstrate real and tangible positive impacts to 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.  Every City or Town in the Commonwealth is eligible to apply.   Grants will be awarded to projects that demonstrate that they will have a real and tangible positive impact to persons with disabilities.  Planning Grants will also be available for 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.

Application Process and Deadlines; Year 1 Application period is from February 6, 2017 through June 30, 2017.  All Year 1, FY17 grants must be submitted to the following email in a PDF format: MOD-Grants@massmail.state.ma.us.  

Additionally, we held a grant overview meeting, on April 28, 2017 from 10am-11:30am , 1 Ashburton Place, Room 1306 Boston, at which we provided technical assistance regarding the grant program. 

If you were unable to attend the April 28th meeting in person, we are offering the slide deck, used during the presentation for review.

Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program Meeting - Slide Deck - 2017 04 28 pdf format of Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Meeting - Slide Deck

Thank you for your interest in improving access for persons with disabilities.  We look forward to working with you.

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Contact Information for Questions:

  • For questions relative to the administration and application process, please contact Evan Bjorklund, General Counsel.
  • For questions regarding specifics on disability related policies and procedures and Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan particulars, please contact Jeffrey Dougan, Assistant Director for Community Services.
  • All FY2017 applications must be submitted, in a PDF format, to the following email address: MOD-Grants@massmail.state.ma.us

Due to high demand for this program it is recommended that you submit applications as soon as possible.  Expenses must be incurred and invoiced by June 30th, 2017 (for FY17 applications); therefore, please submit applications prior to June 5th, 2017 which we hope will allow for our proper consideration.