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Now Available: Grants to Enhance Accessibility

April 25, 2012

A total of $100,000 in grants is available to Minnesota state agencies seeking the means to enhance their website postings, videos and more to ensure that content is fully accessible for all users.

The Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) is offering “Web Site Accessibility Grants” to help agencies implement the state’s accessibility standard. The grants will be awarded for use during the FY 2012-2013 biennium.

The grants were made possible through the LCC’s appropriations from the Telecommunications Access Minnesota Fund. Agencies can apply for projects costing from $1,000-$5,000, or agencies may collaborate on proposals requesting up to $10,000.

Agencies will have 90 days to use awarded grant money for projects including (but not limited to): 
  • making documents/information accessible
  • the captioning of agency videos and other web content
  • purchasing accessibility tools
  • investing in training on accessible technology
Minnesota’s Technology Accessibility Standard was created in response to the accessible technology bill that was signed into law on May 22, 2009. The law requires the State to adopt Section 508 standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) when developing and maintaining statewide information and telecommunications technology systems and services so that they are accessible to all.

More information on submitting an RFP for one of the Minnesota State Agencies Web Site Accessibility Grants is posted on the MN.IT Services website.
 
Diane Henry Wangensteen is fielding inquiries about the grants and accepting proposals.