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Arts Stabilization Fund (ASF)

Grants to Delaware Arts Nonprofits to
Repair, Upgrade, and Renovate Facilities

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Delaware Division of the Arts

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03/01/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Delaware nonprofit arts organizations to improve facilities. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects involving owned facilities, as well as facilities rented under a long-term lease. Projects may include renovations, modifications to address safety issues, upgrades, and handicap accessibility.

The Delaware Division of the Arts has established the following goals, in accordance with the ArtCo bylaws, for Arts Stabilization grants:
- Provide funding for needed maintenance, repairs, or renovations of existing facilities owned and operated by the nonprofit arts organization.
- Provide funding for the repair, upgrade, or replacement of facility-related equipment (i.e., HVAC, electrical, seating, flooring, display, storage, etc.).

The following criteria are utilized by citizen panels to evaluate each Arts Stabilization application:
- Need for the Project: Degree of urgency for project completion and the need for Arts Stabilization funding
- Nature of the Project: Extent to which the project addresses physical plant needs, facility improvement, and/or delivery of services with capital equipment (in descending order of priority)
- Financial Information: Extent to which the budget and bids are detailed and realistic, aligned with proposed project, and supported with matched funding from multiple sources. Note: Application must include at least two comparable and competitive bids
- Facilities Planning: Extent to which the project fits into a broader long-range plan for facilities management and maintenance

Arts Stabilization projects should go beyond the scope of the organization’s routine maintenance and facility upkeep. Types of Arts Stabilization activities eligible for consideration by the Division (in order of funding priority) are:
1. Renovations that address structural weaknesses or deficiencies
2. Facility modifications that address safety issues (lighting, access/egress, meeting building codes)
3. Upgrading or replacing operational systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing)
4. Facility modifications or equipment to address accessibility for people with physical disabilities
5. Systems to enhance delivery of programmatic or customer services (e.g., lighting or sound system upgrades/flooring/storage)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177770

Estimated Size of Grant:

Arts Stabilization grant awards typically do not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding awarded in the FY2020 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Arts Stabilization funding, applicants must:
1. Be a nonprofit arts organization that is currently eligible to receive General Operating Support and is not an ArtCo member.
2. Own the facility or have a long-term lease agreement.

Please note the following restrictions:
- 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.
- Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) members are not eligible to apply for Arts Stabilization grants through the Delaware Division of the Arts. ArtCo members include: Christina Cultural Arts Center, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, Grand Opera House, Music School of Delaware, OperaDelaware, and Rehoboth Art League.

Projects Not Eligible for Funding:
- Projects determined to be routine maintenance or upkeep (e.g., painting, cleaning)
- Purchase of computer hardware/software (unless that hardware operates HVAC, lighting, or sound systems)
- Purchase of office equipment, art room equipment, shop equipment, or tools
- Multiple projects submitted together or separately

Pre-Application Information:

Please note: Applicants for Arts Stabilization should contact the Division prior to beginning the application process in order to verify the eligibility of their organization and the project.

The application for FY2020 Arts Stabilization Grants will be available on smARTDE on December 1, 2018.

The next deadline for the Arts Stabilization applications is 4:30 PM on March 1, 2019.

While no match is required, organizations that provide some level of cash match from other sources typically receive a more favorable review by the panel. Matching funds may not come from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other federal grant sources may be used as match in accordance with authorizing legislation.

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

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

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Paul Weagraff, Director

Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

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USA: Delaware