NW MI Arts & Culture Network
504 ADA Resources & MCACA Requirements
Organizations that received FY22 Operational Support from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs are now required to submit a 504 ADA Self Evaluation Workbook to MCACA prior to receiving your first payment. In future funding years, this will likely be a requirement during the application process. Grantees received emails from MCACA noting the new requirement and follow-up Q&As. Following are several resources from the National Endowment for the Arts and MCACA:
NEA Accessibility Resources
Visit the National Endowment for the Arts for requirements, downloads and information including:
Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook (pdf)
MCACA Requirements, FY22 Operational Support Grantees:
The State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs’ (MCACA) is committed to ensuring ADA compliance and advocates accessibility to arts and culture for all. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable persons with disabilities to participate in all aspects of society.
The MCACA Operational Support Program (OS) includes federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). MCACA/NEA funding requires Operational Support grant awardees to assure that all arts programs, services, activities made possible with MCACA/NEA funding (and all facilities in which such programs, series and activities are held – whether owned, leased or donated to the Applicant) will be accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, OR, will provide readily achievable and/or reasonable accommodation as warranted.
A stipulation for an FY22 MCACA OS awardee’s first payment is for the applicant organization to have completed and submitted a Section 504 Self-Evaluation Workbook to MCACA.
The Program Evaluation Workbook (Workbook) is designed to assist the staff of Endowment grant recipients in evaluating the current state of accessibility of their programs and activities to disabled visitors and employees. More specifically, the Workbook is intended to assist organizations in their efforts to: (a) comply with the Endowment’s regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, including the preparation of a self-evaluation of all programs, activities, policies, and practices to determine areas of noncompliance, and (b) better understand the relationship between 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Workbook has been made available for users to download, fill out, and “Save As” a document.
If you have recently completed a Workbook (within the past three years), skip steps 1-3.
To fulfill this requirement, please:
- Visit the National Endowment for the Arts’ Section 504 Workbook link https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/SECTION504Workbook.pdf
- Download and complete the Section 504 Self-Assessment Workbook
- “Save As” a pdf, Word doc, etc.
- Email a copy of the Workbook to MCACA 504 Accessibility Coordinator, Jeff Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Retain a copy of the Workbook in the organization’s files
Awardees can Save As and email completed 504 Self-Evaluations to 504 Coordinator, Jeff Garrett, email@example.com
The 504 Self-Evaluation is intended to assist: organizations in their efforts to comply with NEA regulations, better understand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and enlighten arts and cultural organizations in identifying strengths, as well as, areas for improvement.