Delaware Division Of The Arts Announces 2024 Grants

The Delaware Division of the Arts is making an investment of nearly $4 million, bolstering over 112 arts organizations. They are aiming to provide enriching arts programming, valuable services, arts education, and enhanced arts marketing across Delaware. This infusion of funds, constituting the initial funding wave for fiscal year 2024, encompasses a range of grants. These include General Operating Support, Project Support, Arts Stabilization, StartUp, and Education Resource grants.

Jessica Ball, Director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, stated, “We are thrilled to announce the Delaware Division of the Arts’ commitment to supporting Delaware’s non-profit creative sector with an additional $1 million in grants for arts programming, education, and operations. These funds will play a crucial role in fostering a vibrant cultural environment and ensuring that the arts remain accessible to all Delawareans throughout the state. We extend our gratitude to Governor Carney, Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, the Delaware General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support in making this investment possible.”

The selection process involved grant review panels composed of Delaware artists, arts educators, administrators of arts and nonprofit organizations, corporate and fundraising experts, as well as engaged community members. These panels impartially evaluated grant applications based on well-defined assessment criteria. This process underscored the importance of inclusive public participation and expert input in the grant allocation process.

The granted funds encompass a diverse array of initiatives:

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  • General Operating Support: Aims to sustain and bolster the daily operations of 63 arts organizations.
  • Project Support: Arts programming funding to 28 community-based organizations. They cater to children and adults with disabilities, students in under-resourced schools facing various obstacles, cancer patients and their families, as well as young children and community members statewide.
  • Arts Stabilization: 7 projects focused on supporting infrastructure improvements and also facility repairs for arts organizations.
  • StartUp Support: The Culture Restoration Project, will receive technical guidance and financial assistance to then foster its growth.
  • Education-Based Partnerships: 14 collaborations between Delaware schools, arts organizations, and artists. These offer teacher training and standards-aligned arts learning experiences for students from pre-K to grade 12. The program also aligns with Delaware Standards for Learning in the Visual and Performing Arts.

The Delaware Division of the Arts sourced resources from the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, the capital improvements grants, originating from the Arts Stabilization Fund, draw from the endowment of the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo).

Furthermore, the Division perpetually dispenses grants throughout the year, spanning categories such as Arts Access grants and Artist Residencies.

The Division further encourages interested individuals, arts organizations, and community leaders to explore their website for deeper insights. Moreover, pertinent information regarding deadlines, guidelines, applications, and technical assistance is regularly published in the monthly e-newsletter, Arts E-News.

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