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Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF)

Fellowships to Delaware Individual Artists to Recognize
and Support Creative Excellence in a Range of Fields

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Delaware Division of the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

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Deadline Date:

08/02/21 11:59 PM


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Fellowships to Delaware artists to recognize and support creative excellence. Funding is intended to advance the careers of both rising and established artists in a range of artistic genres, including folk, literary, media, performing, and visual arts. Fellowships are awarded for demonstrated creativity and skill in an art form with artistic quality as the primary determinant.

Fellowship Categories
Applicants may select between the Emerging and Established Professional categories. An Emerging Professional is in the early stages of his/her career while the Established Professional is more experienced and has achieved some recognition for his/her artwork (example: prizes, awards, publication).
The Masters Fellowship is available to artists who meet specific criteria in different disciplines on a rotating basis every three years.
  • Fiscal Year 2022: Literary Arts and Media Arts

Fellowships are designed to enable artists to purchase materials and equipment, allocate working time, or fulfill other needs that will allow them to advance their careers (excluding foreign travel and lobbying). Fellowship recipients are required to present examples of their work to the public during their Fellowship year.

Nineteen disciplines are offered in Fiscal Year 2022:

  • Dance: Choreography
  • Folk Art: Music*
  • Folk Art: Oral Literature*
  • Folk Art: Visual Arts*
  • Jazz: Composition
  • Jazz: Performance
  • Literature: Creative Nonfiction
  • Literature: Fiction
  • Literature: Playwriting
  • Literature: Poetry Media Arts: Video/Film
  • Music: Composition
  • Music: Contemporary Performance (hip-hop, popular, R&B)**
  • Music: Solo Recital (classical)**
  • Visual Arts: Crafts
  • Visual Arts: Painting
  • Visual Arts: Photography
  • Visual Arts: Sculpture
  • Visual Arts: Works on Paper

*Folk Arts: Artists whose work expresses the traditions of their ethnic, occupational, religious, family, or geographic group and whose skills have generally developed without formal instruction or institutional direction are eligible to apply. Being self-taught does not automatically qualify one as a folk artist. Folk Arts applications may be switched to another discipline based on the recommendations of a Folk Arts specialist prior to the adjudication process. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a folk artist, contact Roxanne Stanulis, Program Officer.

**Music: Contemporary Performance is a new discipline this year. For Solo Recital and Contemporary Performance, if the applicant appears with another performer(s) on the submitted samples, the applicant must be easily identifiable as the main performer in the performances. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172448

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are $3,000 for Emerging; $6,000 for Established; and $10,000 for Masters.

Term of Contract:

Grant period: January 1 – December 31
The Masters Fellowship is available in select disciplines on a three-year rotating basis to artists who meet specific criteria.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Individual Artist Fellowship, applicants must:
- Must be a resident of Delaware for at least one year at the time of application
- A legal resident possesses a valid Delaware driver’s license or DMV issued identification card and files state income taxes in Delaware as a full-year resident. All awards are subject to verification of Delaware residency
- Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
- Must remain a Delaware resident during the grant period (January 1 – December 31)

The Masters ($10,000 award) category is offered to artists who have received an Established Professional Fellowship in the same artistic discipline from the Division more than 7 years ago (prior to January 2014).

Ineligible applicants:
- Students currently enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting educational program at the time of application
- Any recipient of a Masters Fellowship
- Fellowship recipients who have received an award within the past three years are ineligible to apply in the Emerging or Established Professional categories
- Applicants who submit incomplete applications or applications that do not follow the required format
- Applicants with outstanding final reports from any past Division of the Arts grants

Waiting Periods and Restrictions:
- Artists applying in a discipline that they teach at an undergraduate level are ineligible to apply in the Emerging category. They must apply in the Established category.
- Only one fellowship application may be submitted per year.
- Previous Individual Artist Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship in the same artistic discipline and category.
- Emerging Artist Fellowship recipients may apply in the Established Professional category in the same discipline after a three-year hiatus that begins after the Fellowship year.
- Fellowship recipients need to observe a three-year waiting period before applying in a different artistic discipline at the Emerging or Established levels.
- Exception: Artists may apply in the Masters category if they received an Established Fellowship in that discipline more than seven years ago regardless of subsequent awards in different disciplines.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Zoom office hours – no appointment necessary:

- Tuesday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Click here to join:

- Wednesday, July 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Click here to join:

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship is 11:59 PM on August 2, 2021 (In FY2022, the annual August 1 deadline falls on a Sunday). Please note that staff and technical assistance is not available over the weekends.

Please read through the guidelines before applying.

All applicants will be notified by email after the December Delaware State Arts Council Meeting.

Work samples are required. Details can be found at:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

If you have difficulty registering, retrieving a lost password, or logging in, please contact the Division of the Arts at 302-577-8278 or

Roxanne Stanulis
Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services
302- 577-8283

Delaware Division of the Arts
820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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