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.

For a list of the FY2017 General Operating Support, Project Support, Education Resource, and Arts Stabilization Fund Grants, click here

Panel Review

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 (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 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.