These grant opportunities are gathered from a variety of sources. The Delaware Division of the Arts cannot ensure their accuracy. Please check with the listing organization before applying. For other opportunities, select from the categories listed below.
Kent County Funds for the Arts Grants Available for Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations throughout Delaware are invited to apply for grants from the Kent County Fund for the Arts (KCFA), a fund administered by the CenDel Foundation based in Downtown Dover. $20,000 in grants will be awarded to qualified 501 (c)(3) programs and organizations that create art and produce artistic events in Kent County.
Grant requests must be submitted on a 2017 Kent County Fund for the Arts application form. The KCFA application form is available at www.cendelfoundation.org.
Complete applications must be received or postmarked by April 3, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced in July of 2017.
For more information, please call 302.724.7538 or visit www.cendelfoundation.org.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Craft Emergency Relief Fund: Is a national nonprofit organization that awards small grants and loans to professional craftspeople experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster. Deadline: Open
Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Grants for Women Artists
The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts, specifically writers and visual artists, in the United States and Canada. Grants of up $1,500 will be awarded to women poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and mixed-genre (illustration and text) artists whose work in some way focuses on women. Priority will be given to projects that have been initiated or are well under way and for which the artist has substantial work to show.
December 1st - December 30th each year for Visual Art, Fiction, and Mixed Genre
June 1st - June 30th each year for Nonfiction and Poetry
The Big Read
A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.
The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally, ideally attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g. panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g. film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences.
The NEA has funded more than 1,100 Big Read programs, providing more than $16 million in grants. Organizations have leveraged more than $35 million in local funding to support their Big Read programs.
The NEA inaugurated The Big Read as a pilot project in 2006 with ten communities featuring four books. The Big Read continues to expand to include more communities and additional books. To date, more than 1,100 grants have been awarded to communities in the U.S. to host Big Reads since the program's 2007 national launch.
Delaware Community Foundation
The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State.
For specific grant requirements, please see individual grant guidelines and applications. For more information about the DCF grantmaking process, contact Beth Bouchelle, Director of Grants, at 302.504.5239.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
The NALAC offers a variety of grants for arts organizations that are dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. More information is available at: http://www.nalac.org/programs/nalac-grants.
Delaware Division of the Arts Grant Application Deadlines
For details on each deadline and requirements, refer to the DDOA Grants section of the Division's web site.
The ASCAP Foundation has grants available in the Arts and Humanities. For more information visit: http://www.ascapfoundation.org/grants.html.
The Delaware Humanities Forum
The Delaware Humanities Forum provides financial support for two levels of grants – Regular, for requests of $3,000-$15,000, for projects in any topic and format; and Opportunity, for up to $3,000, to be used to fund smaller projects or to assist with long-range planning for larger projects. Parties interested in applying must make a formal application using forms provided on their website. http://www.dehumanities.org/grant-programs/types-of-grants/.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a wide variety of grants for humanities-related projects. Find a list a grants and deadlines here: http://www.neh.gov/grants.
For additional opportunities, check the links below.