4Culture Grants + Calls

Tech Specific

Analog to digital, low-tech to high-tech, this grant is for anyone working at the intersection of art and tech—that means artists as well as programmers, designers, fabricators, developers, engineers, tinkerers, and makers of all kinds.

Steps to Apply

1 What Tech Specific Funds

1 What Tech Specific Funds

Individuals, collaborative teams, and organizations can apply for grants to create artistic projects using technology, and that include a publicly accessible component.


We fund this grant through a competitive process—our peer review panels carefully evaluate each application. We want to see that you have a good plan behind your project, and that you’re exploring and sharing the arts in a meaningful way.

For this particular grant, we’ll look to see how well your application shows the following:

  • Your history of accomplishments and relevant experience, demonstrated through the work samples you submit.
  • Originality of your project concept.
  • Innovative use of one or more technologies in the creation and presentation of your project.
  • The potential of your project to reach and impact King County audiences.
  • The demonstrated feasibility of your project, and your ability to successfully realize it.
  • How well your concept can be shared or implemented in a public, community setting.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to Washington State stays in a hotel, they pay a Lodging Tax—this is where our funding comes from, and our mission is to put it back into the community. As you work through your application, tell us exactly how your fellow King County residents will be able to enjoy and learn from your work. Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or readings.
  • Events in the often under-served areas of suburban or rural King County, to low-income, youth and senior groups, individuals with limited physical abilities, recent immigrants, or residents from minority races or ethnicities.
  • Free, electronically accessible materials, including literary publications, audio, or video recordings.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?


  • Tech Specific is available to individuals, groups, and organizations residing or located in King County—both at the time you apply and through the completion of your proposed project.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application, or youth with adult representation.
  • Schools, school districts, religious institutions, current staff, board or Arts Advisory Committee members of 4Culture, and 2018 Tech Specific selection panelists are not eligible.

Your Project

  • 4Culture puts public funds to work by using them to support cultural experiences for our community. Your project must offer an event or presentation that is open, publicized, and accessible to the public.
  • Your project must take place during the 2018 calendar year, within King County.
  • Any physical or environmental artwork or installation must be temporary. Funded project activities must occur after the project has been selected for a grant and a contract has been signed.

We’ll consider your application complete once you’ve filled out all sections, and provided all of our required materials, listed in the Apply section of this page. It’s a good idea to put all of these together before you login and begin your application.

Local Arts Agencies are a network of municipal arts commissions based in 22 cities in King County. Proposals that do not identify a specific location or that wish to be considered by the consortium of LAA coordinators should indicate this in their project narrative. Where appropriate, projects may be selected and presented in multiple locations.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Workshops make a huge difference in the success of your application—each year, we find that the strongest applications come from people who have attended a workshop. They are informal and drop-in, no need to RSVP or register; check back here for the schedule.

Tutorial Video

Watch this step-by-step application tutorial video to assist you through the process of creating an account, starting your application, and saving it for later.

Check out last year’s Tech specific grant recipients here.


Charlie Rathbun


4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is September 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions. You may be reimbursed for project expenses that occur no earlier than January 1, 2018.

Panel Process

We make all of our funding decisions through an interdisciplinary panel review process, in which a group of peers assesses your application. Some panelists may not have direct experience in your particular discipline—keep this in mind as you craft your application. 4Culture staff facilitates the panel process, but does not vote or try to influence the outcome.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining the scope of your project and a payment schedule. You may receive a portion of your funds when you have signed a contract and begun your planning. You’ll receive the remainder of your funds once you have completed the public benefit component of your project—that’s why it’s so important to come up with a feasible way to share your project with the public.

Requirements and Appeals

Learn about what will be required if you are awarded a grant, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture award.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Once you have started your application, you can save after each step and sign out—your application will be saved as a draft that you can continue to work on up to the deadline. Once you hit “Submit,” your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

What We Require

We will not consider your application without the materials listed here. We strongly recommend assembling them before you login and begin your application, and encourage you to call or email us with any questions as you work on these materials:


Submit a written narrative describing your project, limit to 1,000 words.


Submit an estimated project budget including fees, production, promotion, and presentation expenses in the form provided.


Provide a narrative bio of relevant work history, limit to 500 words for each applicant or collaborator.

Work Samples

You may submit work samples in two forms of media including a website URL. Work samples should be organized to accommodate approximately five (5) minutes of viewing time.

Website submissions should be clearly organized with instructions on the work sample description page to direct panelists to relevant work samples.

With all your work samples, please include a brief description that includes the following information:

  • Titles—including track numbers, if applicable—listed in the order in which you like us to review them.
  • Date your work was completed. If it is in-progress, please note that.
  • Your role in the project.
  • For manuscripts, let us know if it is a complete work, abstract, excerpt, or a group of works.
  • For images, tell us the medium, dimensions of the artwork, and completion date.

Please use this guide as you prepare and submit your work samples:



Recommended for Music
Maximum of three (3) work samples.

Ways to submit:

  • Submit audio files using SoundCloud.com. Submissions must be publicly accessible. Indicate the SoundCloud URL in your application, in the order in which you would like the files reviewed. Samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites.
  • If you need your audio files to be private, mail in or deliver one (1) CD with audio samples, in the required format. Label the CD clearly with your full name/group name and your discipline (e.g. music). All CDs must be self-executable and ready to play on a portable sound system.


Digital Image

Recommended for Visual
You may submit up to fifteen (15) JPGs in the order in which you would like them to be reviewed. Images must be under 2 MB, at least 1920 pixels on the longest side, and at least 72 dpi. TIFF and other file formats will not be accepted. File names must use only numbers, letters and underscores. Label your images in the following manner: 01_Name.jpg.

Ways to submit:

  • Upload JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed, in the required format.



Recommended for Dance, Theater, Media
You may submit up to three (3) work samples.

Ways to submit:

  • You may submit up to three videos using Vimeo.com. All submissions must be publicly accessible. Once you have uploaded your video, indicate the Vimeo URL in your application, in the order in which you would like the videos reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites.
  • If you need your video to be private, please mail in or hand deliver one (1) DVD with a maximum of three (3) work samples in the order you would like them to be reviewed. DVDs must be self-executable and if possible, with chapters. DVDs must be clearly labeled with your full name/group name. .MOV, .WMV and other file formats will not be accepted.



Recommended for Theater, Literary, Media
You may submit a writing sample, in English, on white, 8.5×11” paper, of no more than fifteen (15) pages (plus one (1) cover page) with a minimum font size of 12 points. Include a cover page with your name and title of the work, and label each page with your full name or group name and your discipline (e.g. literary).

Ways to submit:

  • Upload in Portable Document Format (.pdf) or Word (.doc) only.