Delaware art grants are now available

The Delaware Division of the Arts has opened its annual online grant application process for grants for arts programming and projects taking place during fiscal year 2019.

Applications for projects taking place from September 2018 to August 2019 are due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2018.

Paul Weagraff, the division director, advises prospective applicants to contact division staffers before submitting applications. “Staff members can help an applicant determine which grant program is the best fit for their planned project, and can also answer questions about the application and review process,” Weagraff said.

All applicants are advised to read the guidelines carefully because the application process has changed. Applicants may also call division staff members for help.

These grants are offered:

General Operating Support – support of annual operating expenses to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Delaware. This grant category utilizes a three-year application cycle. Full applications are due every three years, with interim applications due in the “off” year. March 1 deadline.

Arts Stabilization Fund– support for improvements to facilities owned or under long-term lease and operated by the organization. These grants are funded through the division’s participation in the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. endowment. March 1 deadline.

Education Resource– grants to strengthen standards-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware

arts community or strengthen arts organizations’ capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators. March 1 deadline.

StartUp – 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. Letter of intent due January 15. March 1 deadline.

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

Project Support – support of arts programs provided by community-based organizations that assist in the growth of a vibrant cultural environment by encouraging the continued development of arts activities in communities throughout the state. College and university projects must be non-credit and serve the general community. March 1 deadline.

Arts Access – provide up to $1,000 to support the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media, or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Rolling deadline.

Artist Residency – grants for residencies with visual, literary, performing or media artists working with students in the classroom or in professional development workshops with teachers. Rolling deadline.

Education Resource – grants to strengthen standards-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware arts community or strengthen arts organizations’ capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators. March 1 deadline.

TranspARTation – grants that support transportation costs for schools to travel to Delaware arts and cultural institutions and venues in order for students to attend arts performances, events and exhibits. Rolling deadline.

Artist Fellowship – support of individual artists in their work as visual, performing, media, folk, and/or literary artists. Applications received and processed by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. August 1 deadline.

Artist Opportunity Grant – support of individual artists with unique professional and artistic development or presentation opportunities. Quarterly deadlines.

For more information or deadline questions, visit arts.delaware.gov/grant-overview/ and contact Katie West at Katie.west@state.de.us for general operating support, project support, arts access and startup grants; Sheila Dean Ross at Sheila.ross@state.de.us for education resource, artist residency and transpARTation grants; Roxanne Stanulis at Roxanne.stanulis@state.de.us for individual artist fellowships and artist opportunity grants, and Paul Weagraff at paul.weagraff@state.de.us for arts stabilization fund grants.

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