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Knight Foundation Invites Detroit Artists and Arts Organizations to Apply for Art + Tech Expansion Fund

October 9, 2023

Michigan Chronicle
Oct. 4, 2023
Miss AJ Williams

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is inviting artists and arts organizations in Detroit to apply for the Art + Tech Expansion Fund, which will allocate a total of $300,000 in grants to support digital integration in the arts. The application period will open on October 16 and close on November 3, 2023.

The Fund seeks to support artists and arts organizations across Detroit by equipping them with technology to further their work. Eligible categories for funding include:

  • Purchase and installation of hardware and/or software
  • Build-out/permanent infrastructure
  • Staff or contract support
  • Website design and development
  • Mobile application development
  • Digitization/archiving

Funding decisions will be made based on the applicants’ capacity to use technology to increase the impact and reach of their work.

The Art + Tech Expansion Fund was launched in Charlotte in 2022, resulting in grants awarded to nearly 30 local artists and arts organizations for their innovative projects. The expansion of this fund to Miami, Akron, and Detroit demonstrates Knight Foundation’s commitment to extending its impact across Knight cities.

This new opportunity is part of Knight’s ongoing goal of encouraging digital transformation in the arts. Knight will be hosting the first of two information sessions on October 12th for interested artists and organizations. Appointments with members of the Knight Arts team are also available. For more details and registration, visit Knight Foundation’s website.

How to Apply

To apply, artists and arts organizations must submit an online application that includes a project description, budget, and timeline. Applicants must also demonstrate how technology will further their work or mission.


The fund is open to individual artists, non-profit arts organizations, and arts collectives based in Detroit. Applicants must have been in operation for at least two years and have a proven track record of success.


Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to individual artists and up to $100,000 to arts organizations. In addition to financial support, grantees will also receive access to technical assistance and mentorship from Knight Foundation staff and experts.


The Art + Tech Expansion Fund will help artists and arts organizations in Detroit to leverage technology to reach new audiences, create innovative experiences, and strengthen their impact on the community. The Fund is part of Knight Foundation’s broader commitment to supporting the arts and culture sector in Detroit.