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Grants for Arts Organizations


The Delaware Division of the Arts offers a variety of grants for tax-exempt arts organizations chartered and based in Delaware. Below find a list of grants for organizations whose primary mission is the promotion, production, presentation, or teaching of the arts.

General Operating Support – for annual operating expenses to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Delaware.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for General Operating Support, applicants must:

  1. Have the promotion, presentation, production, and/or teaching of the arts as their primary purpose as outlined in their charter, incorporation papers, by-laws, and IRS nonprofit determination letter.
  2. Have a stable, functioning board of directors that meets at least quarterly.
  3. 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.
  4. Have total operating income of more than $16,000 for the last completed fiscal year.

New arts organizations must successfully complete the Division of the Arts STARTUP program before applying for General Operating Support, Education Resource, or Arts Stabilization Fund grants.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • 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:

Three-year Application Cycle

The Division uses a staggered, three-year application cycle for General Operating Support (GOS). Organizations seeking GOS must submit a Full Application in the “on year,” and Interim Applications in the “off years.” Grant awards for the second and third years will be determined by applying a funding formula to updated financial information submitted in the “off year” Interim Application.

A multi-year application cycle permits grantees, as well as the Division, to focus more attention on the delivery of programs and services and less on the preparation, processing, and review of grant applications. Organizations approved for GOS demonstrate a history of programming, service to their community, and management of their operations that provides confidence that a similar level of service or activity may be sustained over a three-year period without requiring a full application and review each year.

Funding awarded in the FY2018 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.

A list of all eligible FY2018 GOS applicants and their assigned application types can be viewed here.

Download the Full General Operating Support guidelines here.

Download the Interim General Operating Support guidelines here.

Download Grantwriting Tips for Organizations here.

Deadline:

The deadline for the General Operating Support (GOS) Full and Interim applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 GOS Full and Interim 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 all required Final Reports (all grantees) and Mid-Year Reports (Arts Trust grantees)

Final Report:

Final Reports for General Operating Support grants must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts by September 30 (or 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 Stabilization – for improvements to facilities owned (or under long-term lease) and operated by the organization. ASF grants are funded through the Division’s participation in the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) endowment.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for Arts Stabilization funding, applicants must:

  1. Be a non-profit arts organization that is currently receiving General Operating Support.
  2. Own the facility or have a long-term lease agreement.

Please Note: Applicants for Arts Stabilization should contact the Division prior to beginning the application process in order to verify the eligibility of their organization and the project.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • 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.
  • Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) member organizations are not eligible to apply for Arts Stabilization grants through the Delaware Division of the Arts. Member organizations include Christina Cultural Arts Center, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, Grand Opera House, Music School of Delaware, OperaDelaware, and Rehoboth Art League.

Guidelines:

The Delaware Division of the Arts has established the following goals, in accordance with the ArtCo bylaws, for Arts Stabilization grants:

  • Provide funding for needed maintenance, repairs, or renovations of existing facilities owned and operated by the nonprofit arts organization.
  • Provide funding for the repair, upgrade, or replacement of facility-related equipment (i.e., HVAC, electrical, seating, flooring, display, storage, etc).

Funding awarded in the FY2018 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.

Download the full Art Stabilization guidelines here.

Download Grantwriting Tips for Organizations here.

Deadline:

The deadline for the Arts Stabilization applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 Arts Stabilization 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 all required Final Reports

Final Report:

Final Reports for Arts Stabilization grants must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts by September 30 (or within 30 days after the grant period end date). Failure to submit a final report may jeopardize future funding.

Contact:

Paul Weagraff
Director
302-577-8278
paul.weagraff@state.de.us

Education Resource – to assist in the facilitation of partnerships between Delaware’s schools, arts organizations, and artists in providing standards-based arts learning experiences for pre K-12 students statewide. Education Resource projects focus on ways that Delaware arts organizations can serve as resources to Delaware schools before, during, and after the school day.

Eligibility:

The following organizations are eligible to apply for Education Resource funding:

  • Nonprofit arts organizations with a commitment to arts learning, based and chartered in Delaware, that are eligible to apply for General Operating Support
  • Delaware public schools with an established arts curriculum and staff, pre-K through 12
  • Delaware public school districts and/or consortia of public schools

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Only one Education Resource application from an arts organization or school as the lead applicant will be accepted each year.
  • 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.

Note: Education Resource projects are intended to augment, not supplant, existing arts programs in the school. Applicant school programs and practices must be in compliance with state arts education regulations and mandates and aligned to the new Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. Education resource grants may not be used to meet compliance with state regulations/mandates.

Guidelines:

You may contact the Program Officer for Arts in Education at the Division of the Arts to review your ideas to determine if they qualify for Education Resource support. Projects that have been supported in the past include, but have not been limited to:

  • Collaborations between artists and/or arts organizations and schools to provide standards-based educational programming that directly impacts school curriculum
  • Development and implementation of standards-based curriculum, teaching, or professional learning models for including arts education in pre-K through 12 curricula
  • Development and/or implementation of assessment models/tools to measure student learning in the classroom
  • Consultants to work with arts organizations in developing/evaluating school-based arts education programs/projects

Funding awarded in the FY2018 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.

Download the full Education Resource guidelines here.

Download Grantwriting Tips for Organizations here.

Deadline:

The deadline for Education Resource applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 Education Resource application may be accessed at http://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 opportunities for on-site evaluations
  • Compliance with Accessibility Requirements
  • Submitting all required Final Reports

Final Report:

Final Reports for Education Resource grants must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts by September 30 (or 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:

Sheila Dean Ross
Program Officer, Arts in Education
302-577-8286
sheila.ross@state.de.us

StartUp Program – financial support, training, and consultation to develop and strengthen the management capacity of emerging arts organizations so that they can operate in a sustainable manner. Completion of the StartUp Program is a prerequisite for emerging organizations seeking General Operating Support.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the StartUp Program, applicants must:

  1. Have the promotion, presentation, production, and/or teaching of the arts as their primary purpose as outlined in their charter, incorporation papers, by-laws, and IRS nonprofit determination letter.
  2. Have a stable, functioning board of directors that meets at least quarterly.
  3. 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.
  4. Have been providing continuous public arts programming for at least two years at the time of application.
  5. Submit a “letter of interest” to the StartUp Program Coordinator no later than January 31 of the year in which you wish to apply, and receive approval to apply, once eligibility has been confirmed.
  6. Have total operating income of more than $16,000 for the last completed fiscal year.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • 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:

StartUp Program funding consists of operating support up to $2,500 and a program of training classes and consulting with Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA). The program pairs the organization with a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant to determine the needs of the organization, and then provides customized training for staff and board members to learn nationally accepted best practices for nonprofit management. Topics covered may include: Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development and Fundraising; Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy. DANA will continue to work with members of the organization’s board/staff for a period of time to guide them in their growth.

Funding awarded in the FY2018 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018.

Download the full StartUp Program guidelines here.

Download Grantwriting Tips for Organizations here.

Deadline:

A Letter of Interest is due no later than January 31, 2017. If the Letter of Interest is approved and you are invited to apply, the deadline for StartUp Program applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 StartUp Program 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 all required Final Reports

Final Reports for StartUp Program grants must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts by September 30 (or within 30 days of 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 to apply 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 all required Final Reports

Final Report:

Final Reports for Arts Access Grant must be submitted through artsdel.egrant.net to the Division of the Arts and are 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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