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Groups, and IHEs to Promote High-Quality Arts Activities

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Delaware Division of the Arts

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03/01/22 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations including libraries, civic groups, universities, and colleges for arts programming and events. First-time applicants should contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that promote the growth of cultural vibrancy by providing increased access to high-quality arts activities.

Project Support grants assist in the growth of a vibrant cultural environment by supporting increased access to high-quality arts activities presented by community-based organizations throughout the state.

Project Support funding is available for arts projects that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Provide experiences of artistic merit and integrity for the public
  • Involve collaborations between artists or arts organizations and community and civic groups, government entities, or social service agencies
  • Provide opportunities for expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion in arts programming and participation
  • Reach audiences and participants with limited access to the arts or to a particular art form
  • Support arts programs in new or non-traditional venues
  • Provide opportunities for artistic expression of a community’s unique history, culture, or circumstances
  • Provide lifelong learning opportunities in the arts beyond the school setting
  • Offer opportunities for the creation of new works of art
  • Provide opportunities for conservation, documentation, and appreciation of the artistic traditions of diverse cultures and communities

Only the expenses listed below which are related to the arts project or the arts portion of an event are eligible for Project Support.

Direct Expenses (should be included in the Direct Expenses column of the budget):

  • Artists’ fees
  • Marketing or publicity
  • Personnel
  • Administrative costs
  • Contractual services
  • Supplies and materials
  • Technical costs
  • Travel and other operational expenses necessary to deliver arts programs and services

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GrantWatch ID#: 177769

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Support grant awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000, with more than half of the awards less than $5,000. In exceptional cases, grant awards have exceeded the top of that range.

Term of Contract:

Funding awarded in the FY2023 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Project Support as a community-based organization, you must:

1. Be either a Delaware-based nonprofit organization whose primary mission is not the arts.
- This includes organizations such as libraries, civic groups, community/senior centers, and university/college non-credit programs intended to serve the community.
- Organizations must have a stable, functioning board of directors that meets at least quarterly.
- Organizations must be based and chartered in Delaware as a nonprofit organization; exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; and eligible to receive donations allowable as charitable contributions under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

OR, be an established unit of municipal, county, or state government within Delaware.


2. Be proposing an arts project with more than $5,000 in estimated eligible direct cash expenses.

Please note the following restrictions:
- The Division will not accept applications through fiscal agents.
- No applicant may apply for more than three projects.
- Applicants generally may not receive support from both Project Support and Arts Access within the same fiscal year.
- No individual may compile or submit an application on behalf of an organization if that individual is a member or relative of a member of the Delaware State Arts Council or Division staff.

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Project Support applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2022.

First-time applicants for Project Support should contact the Division prior to beginning the application process in order to verify their eligibility and review the application process with staff.

Applicants may request grants of up to 30% of the direct cash expenses for the artistic portion of their project.

Organizations planning more than one distinct project must submit a separate application for each project. Applicants should consult with Division staff for guidance in determining when multiple applications are required. Note: No applicant may apply for more than three projects in one fiscal year.

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

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Leeann Wallett
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