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. (See Assistance for the Development of the Arts)

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 2015

Division of the Arts grant applications for organizations and schools must be submitted online through You may wish to review the guidelines for grants, available from the links below, before proceeding to the site. You may also access the guidelines once you get there.

Note: Deadline is now past for FY2014 General Operating Support (Interim Reports), Arts Stabilization, Education Resource, and Project Support applications.

Grant Guidelines by Category

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. New applications are accepted on a biennial basis in the even-numbered years (next due date is March 1, 2015), with Interim Reports submitted in the "off" year. 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 on a biennial basis in even-numbered years. Next due date is August 1, 2014.

For Community-Based Organizations (Program Overview)
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.

  • 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.

  • Opportunity Grant: supports the sponsorship of performances, workshops, and exhibits sponsored by non-profit community organizations. Rolling deadline.

For a list of FY13 Project Support grants, click here.