The Delaware Division of the Arts offers a variety of grant programs for individual artists; nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations chartered and based in Delaware; and schools and government entities that support arts activities.
Many applications from organizations and schools are reviewed annually by grant review panels, consisting of individuals who live and/or work in Delaware, selected because of their knowledge and experience in the arts, business and nonprofit management, and involvement in their community. Panelist nominations are accepted year-round.
Some applications requesting less than a predetermined threshold amount may be reviewed internally by Division staff and/or Council members, using the published criteria. These applications may include small requests for General Operating Support, Project Support, Education Resource, Arts Access, Artist Opportunity, and TranspARTation Grants.
Applications for Fiscal Year 2017
Division of the Arts grant applications for organizations, schools, and artists must be submitted online. Applications are sorted below by grant category.
For Arts Organizations
Non-profit Delaware organizations whose primary mission is the promotion, production, presentation, or teaching of the arts.
eGrant.net: applications for arts organizations
General Operating Support Guidelines: supports annual operating expenses to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Delaware. Full General Operating Support applications are reviewed on a triennial basis, with Interim Applications being submitted in the "off years." For a listing of the FY2017 application assignments, download General Operating Support Applicants for FY2017. Arts organizations not appearing on the list should contact the Division of the Arts to determine eligibility to apply for General Operating Support. Annual March 1 deadline. Currently closed.
Arts Stabilization Guidelines : supports improvements to facilities owned (or under long-term lease) and operated by the organization. ASF grants are funded through the Division's participation in the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) endowment. Annual March 1 deadline. Currently closed.
Education Resource Guidelines : grants to strengthen school-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware arts community or strengthen arts organizations' capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators. Annual March 1 deadline. Currently closed.
StartUp: a comprehensive program of financial support, training and consultant input to develop and strengthen the management capacity of emerging arts organizations so that they can operate in a sustainable manner. New applications are accepted annually, but must be preceded by a letter of intent to apply, and contact with the Division of the Arts to determine eligibility. Annual March 1 deadline. Currently closed.
Arts Access Guidelines: grants of up to $1,000 to support the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Organizations that receive General Operating Support are generally not eligible to apply. Rolling Deadline.
For Community-Based Organizations
Non-profit Delaware organizations, colleges and universities, and government entities that present arts programming or activities but do not have the arts as their primary mission.
eGrant.net: applications for community-based organizations
Project Support: supports arts programs provided by CBOs that assist in the growth of a vibrant cultural environment by encouraging the continued development of arts activities in communities throughout the state. College and university projects must be non-credit and serve the general community. Annual March 1 deadline. Currently closed.
Arts Access Guidelines: grants of up to $1,000 to support the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Organizations that receive Project Support are generally not eligible to apply. Rolling Deadline.
For a list of FY16 Project Support grants, click here.
Public, private, and parochial schools in Delaware.
eGrant.net: applications for schools
Artist Residency: grants for residencies with visual, literary, performing or media artists working with students in the classroom or in professional development workshops with teachers. No new applications will be accepted for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year. Funding in this fiscal year has been expended.
Education Resource: grants to strengthen school-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware arts community or strengthen arts organizations' capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators. (public schools only) Annual March 1 deadline. Currently closed.
TranspARTation: grants that support transportation costs for schools to travel to Delaware arts and cultural institutions and venues in order for students to attend arts performances, events and exhibits. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available by August 15, 2016. Funding in this fiscal year has been expended.
For Individual Artists
Artists residing in Delaware for at least one year and at least 18 years of age.
- Artist Opportunity Grants
- Artist Opportunity Grant Information supports individual artists with unique professional and artistic development or presentation opportunities.
Upcoming deadline: October 1, 2016 for activities happening between November 15, 2016 and February 15, 2017
General Grant Information
Obtain DUNS Number
Per federal regulations, organizations receiving grants from the Division of the Arts are required to have a DUNS number
A vendor form is required by the State of Delaware for any individual, organization, or business receiving payment from the state. If your address has changed, you will need to update the W-9 form currently on file.
Final Report Instructions
For all organization grants submitted through eGrant.net
- General Operating Support, Arts Stabilization, Education Resource, Project Support*: due September 30
- Arts Access, Artist Opportunity Grant, Artist Residency: due within 30 days of completion of project
*Grant Financial Report Form
(to be included with Arts Access and Project Support Final Reports only)
TranspARTation Grant Final Report Form
For TranspARTation Grants only): due upon completion of approved arts excursion.
Individual Artist Fellowship Final Report Form
For use by artists reporting on their artist fellowships: due December 1
On-site Evaluation Form
For use by on-site evaluators to review performances, presentations, and arts activities of Division-sponsored programs
Outlines the fiscal, reporting, and programmatic responsibilities of grantees
NEA General Terms & Conditions
Outlines federal obligations of all federal grantees and subgrantees
Section 504 Self Evaluation Workbook
This workbook is intended to assist organizations in their efforts to: (a) comply with the NEA's regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and (b) better understand the relationship between 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Grant Review Process
Outlines the steps an application takes from submission to final approval
- Grant recipients are required to include the following credit in all advertising, news releases, printed programs or posters, electronic media, or publicity related to Division-funded activities:
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.
- All arts organizations that have websites are required to include the credit statement on their website, with the following hyperlinks:
- When grant recipients display logos of contributors or sponsors, the Division logo must also be displayed. Digital logos are available on the Division website: www.artsdel.org/logos.shtml.
- 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
Panelist Nominations Accepted Year-Round
The Delaware Division of the Arts engages Delaware citizens every year to review grant applications for state funding of the arts. The Division selects panelists based on their knowledge and experience in the arts, in business and nonprofit management, and in their community.
To be considered for service on a grant review panel, you may nominate yourself or someone else to the pool. Download the Grant Review Panelist Fact Sheet to learn more about what’s involved in being a grant review panelist, the Grant Panelist Nominee Information Form to nominate yourself, and the Panelist Nomination Form to nominate others.