Individual Artist Technology/Equipment Grants

. . .     Nicole Jerome, International Falls, Koochiching County 2015 Technology/Equipment Grant Recipient

The Individual Artist Technology/Equipment Grant program is a matching grant program that provides up to $2,000 to artists for purchasing or upgrading computers, software, digital technology, or paying for technical assistance or training needed to support their art or an opportunity that will significantly impact their artistic career. This grant requires a 15% cash match and applicants may not request more than $2,000.

Regional artists looking for equipment support or technical assistance to help sustain their artistic activities should consider applying to this program. This grant program is designed to help address the technological needs confronting artists working in a variety of mediums and disciplines.

Grant funding may be spent in the following ways:

  • To purchase computers, software, and other support equipment to assist with the production or presentation of work;
  • To purchase specific equipment critical to accomplishing an artistic goal;
  • To obtain technical assistance or training to accompany newly purchased equipment;
  • To pay for the appropriate development of an online presence.

This is not a complete list of eligible opportunities. For more examples of what funding may cover, please read the guidelines.


Who may apply?

To be eligible, an artist must be:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a U.S. citizen, or has attained permanent resident alien status;
  • a resident of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County for a minimum of six months at the time of application;
  • a primary or secondary creator in the visual, literary, or performing arts;
  • not enrolled full-time as a student in an arts related degree program at the time of application; and
  • applying as an individual or as part of a clearly defined collaboration.

For complete eligibility requirements and a list of what this program will and will not fund, please read the guidelines.


Important Dates:

Application DeadlineGrant Panel ReviewBoard Approval MeetingEarliest Possible Starting Date
Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on this date.Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel on this date.Panel recommendations will be approved by the Board on this date.Grant projects may not start prior to this date.
Friday, July 31, 2015Tuesday, October 6, 2015
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
November 1, 2015
Friday, January 29, 2016Tuesday, April 12, 2016
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
May 1, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016TBDThursday, October 20, 2016November 1, 2016
Friday, January 27, 2017TBDThursday, April 20, 2017May 1, 2017

How to Apply:

Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application, and feel free to contact the Grants Manager with questions.

Technology/Equipment Guidelines

Applications must be completed and submitted using the ARAC Grant Portal. Submissions in any other format, including email, will not be accepted. Instructions for navigating the online system can be found in both the guidelines and by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

  • The online application process will walk you through submitting your application.
  • To be eligible, your application must include all materials listed as required in the online application.
  • Applications must be received into the online system by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications received after this time are ineligible and will not be reviewed. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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Help with your application:

  • All applicants are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and eligibility with the Grants Manager prior to starting a grant application.
  • Grant Writing workshops are held two weeks prior to the deadline. The dates and times are listed in the grant program guidelines and on our Grant Workshops page. Participants learn about the grant program, application process, and how to write an effective grant application. This is a good opportunity to get your questions answered prior to completing your application.
  • Applicants may request grant application ‘draft reviews’ no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline. The Grants Manager will review your application draft and give feedback for you prior to submitting your application for the Board to review. Draft reviews must be requested by contacting the Grants Manager no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline.

To see a list of previous Technology/Equipment grant recipients and their projects, visit our recent awards page.

If you received a grant prior to July 1, 2014 and still have a Final Report due, please contact the office to have a form sent to you.