In addition to grants offered to arts organizations and individual artists, the Delaware Division of the Arts offers grants to community organizations that sponsor arts programs. An organization with a 501c3 status whose main mission is not the arts or a municipality that provides arts programs might be eligible to apply to the Division of the Arts for project support.
The division offers both opportunity grants and project support grants to nonprofit community-based organizations and municipalities.
Organizations applying for the first time may wish to apply for a smaller, simpler opportunity grant designed for first-time grantees, smaller projects or new opportunities.
Project support grants are intended for larger or more established projects. Applications are competitive and judged by a panel of evaluators. They are evaluated for artistic quality, accessibility to the community and management of the project. Some examples include In Harmony, a yearlong concert series sponsored by the Dover Public Library; the Pegasus Art Program run by the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware; and a writing and journaling program offered by the Cancer Support Community.
Community organizations wishing to request project support for an arts program in fiscal year 2014 must apply by Friday, March 1, at artsdel.egrant.net. Find the guidelines for all grants the division offers at www.artsdel.org/grants/default.shtml. A complete list of project support grants awarded in fiscal year 2013 is available on the grants page as well.
“We always advise prospective applicants to contact division staff before submitting an application, especially the first time,” said Paul Weagraff, division director. “Terry Plummer, our community arts development coordinator, is always available to answers questions from community organizations about their ideas for arts programming.”
Those interested in applying may contact Plummer at the Delaware Division of the Arts at 302-577-8280 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.