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.

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.

Applications for Fiscal Year 2016

Division of the Arts grant applications for organizations, schools, and artists must be submitted online.

Grant Guidelines by Category

For Individual Artists
Artists residing in Delaware for at least one year and at least 18 years of age. 

For Arts Organizations (Program Overview)
Non-profit Delaware organizations whose primary mission is the promotion, production, presentation, or teaching of the arts.

  • 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 Reports being submitted in the "off years." For a listing of the FY2016 application requirements, download GOS_FY2016_Application_Cycle.pdf. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Last due date was March 2, 2015.