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CARES Artist Relief Grants

Grants to Delaware Artists for Assistance
During the Coronavirus Health Crisis

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Delaware Division of the Arts

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $500 to Delaware individual artists to alleviate the adverse financial effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to address the critical needs of teaching and practicing artists across a range of artistic disciplines who are facing financial hardship due to canceled events or opportunities.

The CARES Artist Relief provides grants to Delaware artists impacted by the cancellation of a specific, scheduled event, gig, or opportunity (e.g., commissions, performances, readings, contracts, teaching classes, etc.) because of COVID-19. 

Eligible financial losses include, but are not limited to, those which – due to the COVID-19 pandemic – resulted from an inability to:

  • Teach in-person arts classes or workshops
  • Participate in paid residencies
  • Perform in paid gigs
  • Display work in art galleries or museum shows
  • Sell work at craft fairs or artistic conventions
  • Offer services as a teaching artist

Funding priorities:

  • Demonstration of need and loss of opportunity
  • Demonstration of activity as a Delaware artist engaged directly in the creation, teaching, or performance of works of art
  • Applicants who have not received a Division fellowship or opportunity grant in FY2020. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 190130

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Term of Contract:

All awarded funds are intended for expenses incurred between June 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- An individual practicing artist or teaching artist working in dance, music, opera, musical theater, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, and/or folk & traditional arts who meets the criteria below.
- 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.
- Are a practicing artist capable of providing examples of creative work made within the last two years.
- Are experiencing serious financial loss and/or hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

- Artists who received compensation for the canceled event/gig/opportunity.
- Artist groups, ensembles, curators, organizers, producers, full-time educators, and faculty at colleges or universities are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.
- Students currently enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting educational program at the time of application.
- 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.

Please note that this relief funding is intended for urgent needs. Because of limited available funding, applicants who have alternate sources of income that meet their basic needs are requested to refrain from applying.

Pre-Application Information:

This short-term program is reopening for a second round of applications from July 6-31, 2020. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Applicants will be notified through smARTDE email of the funding determination within four weeks of the application submission.

Grant requests are anticipated to exceed available funding.

Contact Information:

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

Onine application portal:

For questions, contact Roxanne Stanulis at

Delaware Division of the Arts
Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
302.577.8278 302.577.6561

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