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Project Support (PS) Grants

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, IHEs, and
Agencies to Promote High-Quality Arts Activities

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Delaware Division of the Arts

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03/01/19 4:30 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to Delaware nonprofit arts organizations, IHEs, and government agencies to support high-quality arts programming and activities. The purpose of this program is to promote the development of a vibrant cultural environment by increasing access to the arts throughout the State.

Project Support funding is available for arts projects that accomplish one or more of the following:
-Provide experiences of artistic merit and integrity for the public
-Involve collaborations with artists, arts organizations, community and civic groups, government entities, or social service agencies
-Reach audiences and participants with limited access to the arts or to a particular art form
-Provide lifelong learning opportunities in the arts beyond the school setting
-Offer opportunities for the creation of new works of art
-Support arts programs in new or non-traditional venues
-Provide opportunities for artistic expression of a community’s unique history, culture, or circumstances
-Provide opportunities for conservation, documentation, and appreciation of the artistic traditions of diverse cultures and communities

Only the expenses listed below which are related to the arts project or the arts portion of an event are eligible for Project Support.

Direct Expenses (may be included in the Direct Expenses column of the budget:
-Artists’ fees
-Marketing or publicity
-Administrative costs
-Contractual services
-Supplies and materials
-Technical costs
-Travel and other operational expenses necessary to deliver arts programs and services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177769

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Support grant awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000, with more than half of the awards less than $5,000. In exceptional cases, grant awards have exceeded the top of that range.

Term of Contract:

Funding awarded in the FY2020 grant cycle must be spent on activities that occur between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Project Support as a community-based organization, you must:

1. Be a Delaware-based nonprofit organization whose primary mission is not the arts.
-This includes organizations such as libraries, civic groups, community/senior centers, and university/college non-credit programs intended to serve the community.
-Organizations must have a stable, functioning board of directors that meets at least quarterly.
-Organizations must 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.


2. Be an established unit of municipal, county, or state government within Delaware.


3. Be proposing an arts project with more than $5,000 in estimated eligible direct cash expenses.

Please note the following restrictions:
-The Division will not accept applications through fiscal agents.
-No applicant may apply for more than three projects.
-Applicants generally may not receive support from both Project Support and Arts Access within the same fiscal year.
-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.

Indirect Expenses, such as staff salaries and overhead may also be included in the Project Budget in the Indirect Expenses column, but Division funds may not be used toward these expenses, nor can they be used for match.

Expenses Not Eligible for Project Support:
-Activities for which academic credit is given
-Activities outside Delaware
-Activities with fundraising as a primary purpose
-Awards, cash prizes or donations
-Bad debt
-Building, renovating, or remodeling of facilities
-Capital expenditures and non-consumables valued over $3,000
-Traditional circus and athletic activities
-Contingency funds
-Expenses incurred outside the grant period
-Investments of any type
-Private entertainment
-Projects restricted to exclusive participation or enjoyment
-Projects which have sectarian or religious purposes
-Scholarships or research by individuals
-Products and/or services not directly related to the artistic portion of an event

Indirect Expenses, such as staff salaries and overhead may also be included in the Project Budget in the Indirect Expenses column, but Division funds may not be used toward these expenses, nor can they be used for match.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may request grants of up to 30% of the direct cash expenses for the artistic portion of their project.

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

The next deadline for Project Support Applications is 4:30 PM on March 1, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of final funding decisions after July 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online after December 1, 2018:

Katie West, Program Officer, Organization Support

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware