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The Delaware Division of the Arts offers two grant options for artists including individual artist fellowships and opportunity grants. Please find a list of grants for artists that are Delaware residents, 18 years of age or older, not enrolled in a degree-granting program.
Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis for quality as demonstrated by creativity and skill in an art form. Applications are accepted in eighteen artistic disciplines in the fields of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Applicants select between Emerging or Established categories. The Masters Fellowship is available in select disciplines on a three-year rotating basis to artists who meet specific criteria.
Out-of-state professionals evaluate the applications in an anonymous process. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation assists with the administration of the program. Awards are $3,000 for Emerging; $6,000 for Established; and $10,000 for Masters. Annual August 1 deadline (The deadline for 2021 is 4:30 p.m. on August 2 because the first falls on a Sunday).
To be eligible for Individual Artist Fellowship, applicants must:
Applicants may select between the Emerging ($3,000 award) and Established ($6,000 award) Professional categories:
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). The Masters is offered in select disciplines that rotate on a three-year basis:
Download the 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship Guidelines here.
The next deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship is 4:30 pm on August 2, 2021 (In 2021, the annual August 1 deadline falls on a Sunday). Please read through the guidelines before applying.
Applications must be submitted electronically through https://smartde.smartsimple.com/
Download the smARTDE Instructions to learn how to log in and navigate within the system.
All applicants will be notified by email after the December Delaware State Arts Council Meeting.
Artists awarded a Fellowship will enter into a contract with the State of Delaware. In the event that you receive an Artist Fellowship, this Statement of Assurances and Obligations serves as your contract, if you, as an applicant individual (ARTIST), are awarded a grant. Funding for the Division of the Arts (DIVISION) is provided by the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts: Catalog of Federal and Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Partnership Agreement #45.025. Individual grants consist of state funds, federal funds, or a combination. Submission of the application and acceptance of a fellowship award signifies the intention to comply with the following requirements:
If awarded a fellowship, the ARTIST also affirms that:
A completed Final Report is required of all fellowship recipients. Final Reports are due by December 1 of the fellowship year, and must be submitted through smARTDE.
Fifteen percent (15%) of the fellowship amount will be forfeited if the Final Report has not been submitted to the Division by the December 1 deadline.
Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services
Artist Opportunity Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support unique professional and artistic development and presentation opportunities for artists. Examples include: materials to complete work for a specific show or program; the cost to rent a facility for a performance; study with a master for a specified period of time. Evaluation criteria include: anticipated impact on the artist’s work or career; financial feasibility and need; marketing plans; and uniqueness of the opportunity.
Applicants can request up to 80% of the opportunity cost not to exceed $750. Quarterly deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.
To be eligible for an Individual Artist Opportunity Grant, applicants must be:
Artists who have received an Opportunity grant must wait a year before applying for another one. Priority may be given to new applicants.
1. Professional and Artistic Development
Artists may apply for funding for unique, short-term opportunities that will significantly advance their work or careers, such as: study with a significant master available for a limited time, or participation in a residency or exchange program. Travel costs are not covered but should be included in the budget.
2. Presentation Opportunities
Artists may apply for funding for unique, short-term opportunities that will significantly advance their work or careers such as: materials to complete work committed to an exhibition, performance, or publication; contracting of professional services; or rental of equipment, instruments, or work space for a specific performance, exhibition, or publication opportunity.
Download the full Artist Opportunity Grant guidelines here.
Please read the guidelines before applying.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the smARTDE.Apply Here
Applicants will be notified of the decision of the grant review committee within four weeks of the application deadline.
Full payment will be issued following notification of their selection and after the grantee has completed or updated Delaware’s eSupplier Portal. Grantees may opt to receive payments through electronic fund transfer (recommended) when completing or updating Delaware’s eSupplier Portal. Note: Grantees who have previously received payments from the State of Delaware should not create a new vendor account on the eSupplier Portal, but may opt to update information through the “Change Profile” option.
The Statement of Assurances is the contract that all Division grantees must sign. Grant applicants must indicate that they have 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:
Grantees are required to submit a final report for each grant received. Final Reports are due 30 days after completion of the project. To complete and submit your final reports, you must log into smARTDE. Failure to submit this form may preclude future Division of the Arts funding.
Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services