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Have you gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet?

Members of the Delaware arts community, from the top down, encourage all patrons who have not done so to get vaccinated so they can safely open up and do what they love to do, entertain you!

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Information resources

During these difficult times, the Delaware Division of the Arts is working closely with the Delaware Association for Nonprofit Advancement and the Delaware Community Foundation to assist the arts and culture sector of Delaware in identifying funding and technical assistance resources.

For the most up-to-date information, we recommend visiting these sites:

Below are additional funding and technical assistance resources for both organizations and individual artists. In addition to these resources, Division staff are working remotely during the Delaware State of Emergency. They can best be reached by email. Contact information is located on the Division’s contact page.

Re-Opening Information

As your business plans for reopening, you might be looking for sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE), identifying other businesses to partner with for certain recovery tasks, finding additional funding, and more.

The supply list here includes N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, face shields, other PPE, medical supplies, sanitizer, homemade cloth masks and other supplies.

In addition, the Division of Small Business is making two valuable resources available to small businesses as they move into Phase 1 of Delaware’s Economic Recover on June 1.

Along with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, DSB has assembled approximately 5,000 one-time personal protective (PPE) “starter kits” to support small businesses with the necessary safety equipment they need initially to reopen. The kits include hand sanitizer, face coverings, and surface cleaner.

Kits are available from:

  • Members of the Delaware General Assembly
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Main Street organizations
  • Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity

The Division has also prepared a number of printable signs for businesses to use to comply with reopening guidance relevant to their industry.

*Disclaimer: The State of Delaware has not vetted this information. The data on this page is self-reported information provided by the suppliers and has not been independently verified. The information provided does not represent an endorsement of any kind by the State of Delaware of those businesses, products, or services listed in the directory. Please conduct appropriate due diligence to verify the information on this site prior to contracting for products or services.

Be Aware of Price Gouging
Under the Delaware State of Emergency Declaration, companies and vendors are prohibited from charging a price for consumer goods that exceeds 10% of the average price that those goods were sold preceding the date of the emergency declaration – March 12, 2020. Learn more on the Delaware Attorney General’s website and stay alert.

Funding & Technical Assistance

Delaware/Regional Grants

Detwiler Family Foundation Accepting Applications for Education, Arts Access Programs

The Detwiler Family Foundation invests in local organizations working to enrich and improve the lives of children.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications from organizations focused on serving children dealing with difficult life challenges by facilitating access to education and the arts.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be located in Chester or Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, New Castle County in Delaware, or Portland, Oregon.

See the Detwiler Family Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund will target evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities, for the longer-term needs of our community. The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) will house and manage this fund. The DCF and PD will work with philanthropists to assemble funds for a collective response. This response will be coordinated with the activities of Delaware Does More.


Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021.  Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.


Nationwide Grants


Actors Fund – Entertainment Assistance Program

With a focus on support and education, our Entertainment Assistance Program services include:

  • One-on-one counseling and referrals to helpful resources
  • Support for issues around sexual harassment
  • Assistance in locating legal and health services
  • Information on affordable housing and advice in dealing with landlord/tenant issues
  • Seminars and groups on topics such as financial wellness and coping with depression
  • Emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent or medical expenses

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Entertainment Assistance Program for support, information or referrals to community agencies.

Eligibility for financial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview and in general is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
  • Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and
  • Financial need

We provide assistance nationally. Please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
212.221.7300, ext. 119
intakeny@actorsfund.org

Chicago
312.372.0989
intakechicago@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
323.933.9244, ext. 455
intakela@actorsfund.org

Learn more


CERF+ Emergency Assistance (For Artists)

Have you or an artist you know experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster?

CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment.

Artists interested in CERF+ emergency assistance must first complete an inquiry form. If it is determined that you may be eligible for assistance, you will be invited to apply for assistance. Before filling out an emergency assistance inquiry form, carefully read through the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation requirements. Learn more


Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants Program

The New York Foundation for the Arts has partnered with Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program, which provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical/dental/mental health emergencies. Emergencies are defined as taking place within the last six months. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who live anywhere in the U.S., its Territories, and the District of Columbia. Artists of color and those living outside of the East and West coasts are encouraged to apply. The program does not cover lost wages/income.

Cycle 9 will open on September 1, with a deadline of October 4, for emergencies occurring January 1, 2021 and later.  Cycle 10 will open on November 1, with a deadline of November 29, for emergencies occurring April 1, 2021 and later.

For more information on the program or to apply, visit the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program’s page.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Created in 1993 to further FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:
  • Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad.

Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.

We recommend that artists review all of our eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. You may also complete our Eligibility Questionnaire, but please note that the questionnaire is not a substitute for a thorough review of program guidelines. Learn more


Freedimensional – Artist Resources

These resources are intended for activists and culture workers in situations of distress as a result of their professional work. Distress situations may include verbal threats, imprisonment or legal persecution, violent attack, professional or social exclusion, or harassment. Services include a safe haven program, emergency grants, and referrals to other resources. Learn more


Author League Fund

The Authors League Fund helps authors, dramatists, journalists, and poets. Recipients must be career writers with a substantial body of work in one of more of the following categories:

  • Book authors with at least one title published by an established traditional publisher. Authors with multiple titles are given priority.
  • Journalists, critics, essayists, short story writers, and poets with a substantial body of work in periodicals with a national or broad circulation. Whether print or online, these periodicals must have strong editorial oversight and a sizable readership. This category does not include copywriting, blogging, public relations, and writing for non-periodical websites and corporate clients.
  • Dramatists whose full-length plays have been produced in mid-size or large theaters and/or published by established dramatic presses.

The Fund does not typically assist self-published writers unless they have a record of critical and financial success with their publications.

While it is not necessary that the applicant subsists solely on his or her income from writing, or have published in recent years, the applicant’s status as a professional writer is vital. Please list awards, fellowships, and other forms of recognition in your application.

The Authors League Fund helps writers living in the United States, regardless of citizenship, and American writers living abroad. Learn more


Carnegie Fund for Authors
The applicant must be an American author who has published at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction — that has been published by a mainstream publisher. Applicants cannot have eligibility determined by a work that they paid to have published. A work may have been published in eBook format only, or in hardcover or softcover format, or in more than one format.

An applicant must demonstrate need; the emergency may be because of illness or some other urgent need such as fire, flood, hurricane, etc. Documentation should be included with the application: a doctor’s letter or other proof of the emergency situation.

If you believe you qualify for a grant, you should take the next step and register with the site. Decide whether you want to download an application to send in or to apply online. Learn more


PEN America U.S. Writers Aid Initiative
PEN America’s U.S. Writers Aid Initiative offers grants for writers facing acute financial need.  It is intended to assist fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists.  To be eligible applicants must be:

  • based in the United States
  • a professional writer
  • able to show that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them address an emergency situation.

Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant.

The Writers’ Fund uses the following guidelines when evaluating applicants’ professional credentials:
  • Publication of one or more books.
  • Multiple essays, short stories, or poems in literary anthologies or literary journals (either online or in print) in the last two years.
  • A full-length play, performed in a theater of over 250 seats by a professional theater company. Productions in academic settings qualify if not a student at the time of the production.
  • Employment as a full-time professional journalist, columnist, or critic or a record of consistent publication on a freelance basis in a range of outlets during the last two years.
  • Contracted forthcoming books, essays, short stories, poems, or articles for which the name of the publisher can be provided.
  • Other qualifications that support the applicant’s professional identity as a writer.

Learn more


Musicians Foundation

Eligibility

To qualify for aid from the Musicians Foundation, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You (or the person for whom you are applying) must be a musician of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
  • You must have worked in the United States as a professional musician for at least five (5) years. 
  • You must currently reside in the United States.
  • You must be able to provide tax documentation detailing that for five (5) or more years, your principal income has been derived from your work as a musician.
  • You must submit an application, which will be reviewed by the Musicians Foundation screening committee.

Please note:

  • We give grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies, and pay these debts on behalf of the musicians we help. We do not write checks directly to musicians.
  • Our grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3000.
  • We do not give grants for scholarships, loans, or private unemployment benefits.
  • If necessary, applications may be filled out by friends or family of the musician in need. We also aid musicians who need assistance supporting their family members in times of emergency.

Learn more


American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund (For AGMA Members only)

Eligible members can apply in the following categories:

  1. Working professionals – unable to earn enough to cover expenses but with no extenuating circumstances. Requesters who did not receive assistance in 2020 can provide up to $750.00 for basic living expenses. Other requestors, AGMA can provide up to $600.00 for basic living expenses.
  1. Those with extenuating medical circumstances assistance, can be provided up to $1,000.00.  AGMA cannot cover hospital or medical bills for the uninsured over this amount.

Learn more

Technical Assistance

ArtsReady, a national initiative of South Arts, has issued a newsletter alert with valuable information for performing arts organizations, museums, festivals, and other arts spaces and events to help plan for and limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Details include facility sanitation, potential closures, and information on how to support staff and volunteers. Read the newsletter now.

American Alliance of Museums COVID-19 resources and information

Americans for the Arts Action Fund COVID-19 Resource page

AudienceView Resources library

National Endowment for the ArtsCOVID-19 information

The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has compiled a list of resources for artists and arts organizations to help them through the COVID-19 health crisis. Learn more

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has excellent resources as well. Learn more

Creative Capital Online Workshops include livestreaming for artists; financial implications for creative individuals; time management during challenging times; and centering wellness and self-care for creatives. Learn more

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Virtual Events for People with Disabilities (provided by the National Endowment for the Arts)

Since the start of the current COVID-19 crisis, artists and arts and culture organizations have been proactive in reaching out to their audiences and communities through webinars, livestreamed performances, virtual classes, and virtual visual art collections and museum tours. Cultural organizations should remember to ensure that these invaluable resources are fully accessible to people with disabilities, including those with vision, hearing, and learning disabilities. Learn more

Common Field’s COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field, an open, crowd-sourced, Google Document for artists, arts organizers, and creatives working across a range of disciplines

Industry-Specific Reports & Studies

American Alliance of Museums Research and Reports

Americans for the Arts Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector View Dashboard

COVID-19 and Social Distancing Study Be Part of the Study

Culture Track Reports – Culture and Community in a time of crisisCulture and Community in a time of transformation

Delaware Arts Alliance COVID-19 Industry Impact Report

The Patron’s Perspective: An Overview of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Behavior of Theater-goers Original Report;  Download the updated report

SMU DataArts’ 2020 Most Arts-Vibrant Communities in America – Read more

Wilkening Consulting Data stories


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