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Vision Grants

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs,
Agencies, and Groups for Major Humanities Projects

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Delaware Humanities (DH)

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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations, schools, IHEs, government agencies, and groups to support major humanities projects. Applicants must submit a draft proposal prior to applying. Possible projects include, but are not limited to, conferences, book festivals, exhibits, lectures, media projects, museum assistance, oral history, panel discussions, planning for humanities programs, public debates, reading and discussion programs, and workshops.

Delaware Humanities grant projects bring Delawareans together by offering cultural programs in institutions of all kinds: museums, libraries, schools and colleges, senior centers and veterans hospitals, churches, social service agencies, and businesses. Designed to encourage conversations and connections, these programs offer Delaware communities insights into the way we think, the things we value, and the world we live in – in short, what it means to be human.

The arts and humanities are not the same, which is why Delaware has both the Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware Humanities. Arts programs focus on creation and performance. Humanities programs focus on the interpretive aspects of the arts: historical or philosophical contexts, analyses of methodology, or approaches to art movements or periods. Delaware Humanities will offer grants for programs that combine performance with interpretation, such as a scholarly discussion following the production of a play. 

All Delaware Humanities-funded projects must have:

  • A central focus in the humanities
  • A clearly defined theme
  • Professional humanists involved in planning/executing
  • No political advocacy
  • Open access for the public
  • Publicity and evaluation plans where appropriate
  • Matching funds (waiver available for some Opportunity grants)

For a list of eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170754

Estimated Size of Grant:

Vision Grants are available from $3,001 - $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-K-12 schools, colleges, universities
-Historical preservation groups
-State/local government agencies
-Professional or social organizations
-Social service organizations
-Community or religious groups
-Noncommercial media firms
-Ad Hoc group

Not Funded:
-Projects focused on personal, as opposed to public, concerns
-Events not open to the public
-Construction, restoration, or operating expenses of existing organizations
-Equipment, property, or capital purchases
-Museum or library acquisitions
-Lobbying or direct social action, planning for direct action, or projects which advocate for a particular course of action
-Projects presenting a one-sided, uncritical treatment of an issue
-Projects that would raise funds for for-profit organizations or commercial purposes
-Meals or refreshments for an audience
-Alcoholic beverages or entertainment costs
-Candidates running for public office

While Delaware Humanities funds humanities projects which interpret or use art and performance to begin conversations, it does not fund projects focused on the creative and/or performing arts. Additionally, Delaware Humanities does not offer grants to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for the Fall 2020 cycle are Wednesday, October 2, 2019, for the rough draft, and Thursday, November 14, 2019 for the final draft.

Matching funds are required for Vision Grants.

To ensure your application has the best chance of approval, contact the Grant Officer by phone as early as possible in the application process; she can help you shape your application for the best chance at success.

Vision Grant awards follow an established timeline, with final notification coming after the Board meetings in June and January.

Grant Application Process:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Erin Samarasinghe, Grant Officer
(302) 657-0650

Delaware Humanities
100 West 10th Street, Suite 509
Wilmington, DE 19801

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USA: Delaware