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Grants for Community-Based Organizations


The Delaware Division of the Arts offers two grant options for non-profit Delaware organizations, colleges, and universities, and government entities that present arts programming or activities but do not have the arts as their primary mission.

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.

Eligibility:

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

  1. Be 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

  1. Be an established unit of municipal, county, or state government within Delaware.

and

  1. 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 two 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.

Guidelines:

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

Download the full Project Support Guidelines here.

Download Grantwriting Tips for Organizations here.

Deadline:

The next deadline for Project Support Applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2017. The FY2018 Project Support Applications may be accessed at artsdel.egrant.net.

Grantee Requirements:

The Statement of Assurances is the contract that all Division grantees must sign. Grant applicants must indicate that their organization’s authorizing official has read and agreed to the obligations of grant recipients should a grant be awarded. Receipt of state and federal grants carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities. By submitting a Division of the Arts grant application, applicants are affirming that they are familiar with the requirements of the Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as presented in the Division of the Arts Statement of Assurances, including but not limited to:

  • Crediting the Division appropriately on all materials
  • Keeping public events current on DelawareScene.com
  • Notifying the Division of any significant changes to the programs, budget, or staff/board
  • Providing complimentary tickets for use by on-site evaluators
  • Compliance with Accessibility Requirements
  • Submitting required Final Report

Final Report:

Final Reports for Project Support grants must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts by September 30 (within 30 days after the grant period end date). Failure to submit a final report on time may result in forfeiture of the final payment (15%) of the grant award and may impact future funding.

Contact:

Katie West
Program Officer, Organization Support
302-577-8287
katie.west@state.de.us

Arts Access provides small grants of up to $1,000 to support the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media, or folk arts in communities throughout the state.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for an Arts Access grant, applicants must:

  • Be an established unit of municipal, county, or state government within Delaware, OR 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. Applicants may include arts organizations, community-based non-arts organizations, schools, libraries, parks, etc.
  • Be managing an arts program that involves the presentation of work by a professional artist or artists.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Organizations that receive General Operating, StartUp, or Project Support from the Division of the Arts are generally not eligible to apply.
  • Schools are eligible to apply only if the proposed project takes place after school hours and is open to and promoted to the community at large.
  • The Division will not accept applications through fiscal agents.
  • 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

Guidelines:

Arts Access provides program support to organizations that offer occasional arts programs and to organizations that do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Division’s General Operating Support and Project Support categories. Funded programs contribute to the vitality of our communities, the diversity of arts offerings, and our quality of life. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff prior to application.

Download the full Arts Access Guidelines here.

Download Grantwriting Tips for Organizations here.

Deadline:

Arts Access grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be received at least six (6) weeks prior to the start of the project. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, beginning in July of each year. When the funds allocated to this program are depleted, the application will be closed for the remainder of the fiscal year (ending June 30). Early applications (starting in July) are recommended, whenever possible. The Arts Access grant application may be accessed at artsdel.egrant.net.

Grantee Requirements:

The Statement of Assurances is the contract that all Division grantees must sign. Grant applicants must indicate that their organization’s authorizing official has read and agreed to the obligations of grant recipients should a grant be awarded. Receipt of state and federal grants carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities. By submitting a Division of the Arts grant application, applicants are affirming that they are familiar with the requirements of the Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as presented in the Division of the Arts Statement of Assurances, including but not limited to:

  • Crediting the Division appropriately on all materials
  • Keeping public events current on DelawareScene.com
  • Notifying the Division of any significant changes to the programs, budget, or staff/board
  • Providing complimentary tickets for use by on-site evaluators
  • Compliance with Accessibility Requirements
  • Submitting required Final Report

Final Report:

The Final Report for Arts Access grants must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts and is due within 30 days following the end date of the project. Failure to submit a final report may preclude future funding.

Contact:

Katie West
Program Officer, Organization Support
302-577-8287
katie.west@state.de.us


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