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Grants to Delaware Arts Nonprofits
for Organizational Expenses

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Delaware Division of the Arts

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03/01/21 4:30 PM


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Grants to Delaware nonprofit arts organizations for organizational expenses. Funding is intended to promote participation in the arts by supporting a range of expenses, such as administrative costs, facilities operation, salaries, artists' fees, supply purchases, professional development, and other annual operating expenses.

Organizations approved for General Operating Support 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.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Artists' fees
  • Administrative costs
  • Contractual services
  • Facilities operations (utilities, routine maintenance...)
  • Marketing or publicity of events/activities
  • Personnel (salaries, benefits...)
  • Professional development (workshops, seminars, conferences, excluding credit-earning post-secondary coursework)
  • Supplies and materials
  • Technical costs
  • Travel (domestic) and other operational expenses necessary to deliver arts programs and services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165721

Term of Contract:

Funding awarded in the FY2022 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, bylaws, 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 a 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 grants.

- 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.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Activities for which academic credit is given
- Activities outside Delaware
- Awards and cash prizes or donations
- Bad debt
- Building, renovating, or remodeling of facilities
- Capital expenditures and non-consumables valued over $3,000
- Traditional circus performers and athletic activities
- Contingency funds
- Expenses incurred outside the grant period
- Fundraising costs (capital/endowment campaigns)
- Investments of any type
- Lobbying
- Meals/refreshments
- Private entertainment
- Projects restricted to exclusive participation or enjoyment
- Projects that have sectarian or religious purposes
- Scholarships or research by individuals

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for the General Operating Support (GOS) Full and Interim applications is 4:30 pm on March 1, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of final funding decisions after July 1, 2021, following the Council meeting and passage of the state budget.

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.

General Operating Support grants are funded on a matching basis. Matching funds (1:1) must be cash and may not come from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other federal grant sources may be used as a match in accordance with authorizing legislation.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Kathleen Dinsmore, Organization Support

Delaware Division of the Arts
Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

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