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What is the Delaware Division of the Arts?

The Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA), a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts throughout the state. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council (DSAC), the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate  the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life.

Where does the Delaware Division of the Arts get its money?

The Division of the Arts receives annual appropriations from the Delaware State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for grants, programs, and services. In addition, the Division may accept donations from foundations, businesses, individuals, and others.

Who can apply for a grant?

The following are eligible to apply for grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts: nonprofits arts organizations, community-based organizations (including government agencies), schools, and individual artists. Organizations must be non-profit, and incorporated and based in Delaware. Individuals must be Delaware residents and at least 18 years of age.

What is involved in getting a grant? (see Grant Review Process)

Grants are completed and submitted by eligible applicants. Division staff are available for assistance and to answer questions regarding the applications.

Applications are then reviewed by panels consisting of individuals who live and/or work in Delaware.

Panel and funding recommendations are fowarded to the State Arts Council for final review. Funding decisions are then announced following approval of the state budget.

Grant review panels and meetings of the Council are open to the public. Information on the locations and times of panel and Council meetings is posted in advance and is available from the Division office and the Division web site.

What is the Division's funding deadline?

Applications must be submitted to the Division no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Late or incomplete applications or applications submitted via fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

March 1

  • General Operating Support Full Application (every three years)
  • General Operating Support Interim Report (in the "off" years)
  • Delaware Arts Stabilization Fund
  • Education Resource Grants
  • Project Support
  • StartUp (for new arts organizations)

August 1

  • Individual Artist Fellowships

Artist Residency Application Deadlines

Artist Residency applications have a rolling deadline and are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the proposed project or activity.

Opportunity Grant Application Deadlines

Opportunity Grant applications for artists and community-based organizations have a rolling deadline. Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the proposed project or activity.

How can I get grant applications and guidelines?

Information about the Division's grants is available on line. Click here.

How do I link to the Division of the Arts web site from my own web site?

Any artist (and any website) can link to the Division's website by creating a link to http://www.artsdel.org

For example, you may create a Link to the Delaware Division of the Arts Site by putting this code into your web page:

<a href="http://www.artsdel.org" target="_blank">Link to the Delaware Division of the Arts Site</a>

As a contractual obligation, all arts organizations receiving funding from the Division of the Arts that have websites shall electronically link their sites to the Division's site utilizing the following credit, complete with hyperlinks:

"This [SELECT ONE: program, project, organization, etc.] is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com."

A Delaware Division of the Arts logo may be downloaded for use by grantees in print or electronic publications at www.artsdel.org/logos.shtml. Use of this logo is reserved explicitly for recipients of Delaware Division of the Arts grants. Use of this logo other than in conjunction with Division-sponsored activities is strictly prohibited.

Grantees are also encouraged to use the National Endowment for the Arts logo whenever possible for the duration of the grant period: http://arts.gov/grants/manage-your-award/nea-logo

Where are the Division of the Arts offices located?

Our main office is located on the fourth floor of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington (Map). We also have a Dover office at 21 The Green (map). These offices are open from 8: 00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Appointments may be scheduled with staff members.

Where can I direct my questions and comments about the Division's services, information, events and website?

The Delaware Division of the Arts welcomes any and all questions, comments and feedback regarding the Division's services, information, events and website. Email us at delarts@state.de.us or visit our Contact Information page for a list of staff members, their responsibilities, primary office locations, and individual contact information.