The Rural Theater Digital Conversion Grant is designed to assist rural theaters with the cost of converting to the new digital equipment now being required by the film industry. Both non-profit and for profit theaters can apply for funds. The available funding amount is variable and dependent on total demand and the specific theater, including theater location. Typical grant amounts will vary between $10,000 and $30,000 per theater.Requirements to receive grants include:
Minimum cash input of $10,000
Minimum 2 to 1 match for EDC Grant funds
Applicant must also apply for local CDBG Business Loan Fund
Minimum 3 hours SBDC consulting
Theater will need to demonstrate to the SBDC and OEDIT that it will be economically viable after the digital conversion
Theater must receive a technical review to ensure new equipment will function properly
Theater must be in a rural area where rural area equals the area outside the boundaries of a city or town of more than 20,000 in population and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town
Priority given to theaters in communities geographically distanced from communities with already converted theaters
The funding for this grant has closed. To join the waiting list in the event that more funds become available, please fill out the below application by Oct. 31, 2013.
Please refer to the following definitions when filling out the application:
Throw Distance Defined as the distance measured from the lens to the screen.
Screen Gain "Gain" is the measurement of reflectivity of any screen or projection on a surface. Screen's have a "gain" factor given in numbers ranging from 0.8 (low) to 6.0 (high)
Throw Ratio The result of dividing the distance between the projector's lens and projection screen by the width of the image being projected. The "Flat" or "Scope" is defined by the presentation formats. "Flat" refers to an academy wide screen. "Scope" refers to a cinema screen.
Masking Films have extra image space on the frame that is meant to be masked off in the projection. Masking allows limiting light from hitting the image outside of the intended area to be shown
Platter Consists of two or four large discs stacked vertically 1-2 fee apart. The assembly/system feeds film from one disc to the projector and takes the film back from the projector on the second disk
Changeover System Interconnected electrical system syncing two reels of film
Rural Theater Grant Application
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