Delaware Division of the Arts
03/01/18 4:30 PM
Grants of up to $2,500 and in-kind support to Delaware emerging nonprofit arts organizations to support general organizational operations and capacity building. LOIs are due January 15. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to beginning the application process.
The StartUp Program provides 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.
StartUp Program funding consists of operating support and a program of training classes and consulting with Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA). The program pairs the organization with a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant to determine the needs of the organization, and then provides customized training for staff and board members to learn nationally accepted best practices for nonprofit management.
Topics covered may include: Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development and Fundraising; Public Awareness, Engagement and Advocacy.
DANA will continue to work with members of the organization’s board/staff for a period of time to guide them in their growth.
Funding from StartUp Support grants may be used to support most aspects of an arts organization's annual operating expenses (not including capital expenses), such as:
-Facilities operations (utilities, routine maintenance...)
-Marketing or publicity of events/activities
-Personnel (salaries, benefits...)
-Supplies and materials
-Professional development (workshops, seminars, conferences, excluding credit- earning post-secondary coursework)
-Travel (domestic) and other operational expenses necessary to deliver arts programs and services
GrantWatch ID#: 178132
Up to $2,500
Funding awarded in the FY2019 grant cycle must be spent on projects taking place between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019.
To be eligible for the StartUp Program, 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 been providing continuous public arts programming for at least two years at the time of application.
5. Have total operating income of more than $16,000 for the last completed fiscal year.
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.
Division funds may not be used for these expenses:
-Activities outside Delaware
-Activities for which academic credit is given
-Awards, donations or cash prizes
-Building, renovating, or remodeling of facilities
-Capital expenditures and non-consumables valued over $3,000
-Traditional circus performers and athletic activities
-Expenses incurred outside of the grant period
-Fundraising costs (capital/endowment campaigns)
-Investments of any type
-Projects restricted to exclusive participation or enjoyment
-Projects which have sectarian or religious purposes
-Scholarships or research by individuals
StartUp 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 match in accordance with authorizing legislation.
A Letter of Interest is due no later than midnight on January 15, 2018.
It is strongly advised that you call Katie West, Program Officer for Organization Support prior to submitting your Letter of Interest.
Division staff will review the Letter of Interest materials (and possibly, other publicly available information about your organization) and respond by email no later than February 1, 2018 with a determination of eligibility for submission of a full application.
If the Letter of Interest is approved and you are invited to apply, the deadline for StartUp Program applications is 4:30 PM on March 1, 2018.
Applicants will be notified of final funding decisions after July 1, 2018.