Grant Funds Promote Financial Literacy Education

Dover, DE – Delaware schools, nonprofits and community organizations are invited to apply for a new round of state grant funds to support financial literacy education for people from all walks of life.

Since the state’s Financial Literacy Education Fund (FLEF) was established in 2010, approximately $2.2 million has been awarded to dozens of organizations across the state for programs that teach students to save at an early age, help coach families on the path to home ownership, give single parents tools for financial independence, and more.

“We want all Delawareans to be set up for success, and financial literacy is one tool that can help at all stages of life – whether you’re a recent grad ready for the workforce, an entrepreneur with a great business idea, or a retiree looking toward your next chapter,” said Governor John Carney. “With these grant funds, we will work with a variety of organizations across the state to meet people where they are and help guide them to a more financially secure future.”

This year, a total of $340,000 will be made available to support programs that meet criteria established by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner and the Delaware Department of Education. Funding for the FLEF is derived from a license fee charged to businesses that make high-cost payday loans and car title loans.

Successful grant proposals will approach financial literacy in ways that are proactive, preventive and forward-thinking. Programs designed to reach underserved populations and regions of the state that have had limited access to financial literacy services are encouraged, with special emphasis on reaching out to veterans, seniors and minority communities.

All schools recognized by the Department of Education and Delaware organizations with 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status are eligible to apply.

Grant applications are due by Oct. 1, 2019 and must be completed using the form available at Forms should be emailed to Dawn Hollinger at the Office of the State Bank Commissioner ( along with any attachments. Receipt of grant applications will be confirmed within three business days. If applicants do not receive confirmation, they should contact Dawn Hollinger at 302-739-4235 and resubmit their applications.


Governor Carney Recognizes Giving Tuesday in Delaware

DOVER, Del.Governor Carney on Tuesday released the following statement after signing a proclamation recognizing Tuesday, November 28, 2017 as Giving Tuesday:


“Nonprofit organizations provide many services that benefit Delawareans across the state every day. I’m proud to recognize Giving Tuesday in the First State, and to support a movement about giving back. I encourage all Delawareans to give back to your community by volunteering, making a donation, or participating in a community service project

throughout the holiday season.”


Click here to view photos from the proclamation signing.


Giving Tuesday Proclamation




Delaware’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates $149.9 Million in Economic Activity and Supports over 4,000 Jobs

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2017) — Delaware’s arts and culture industry generates $149.9 million in annual economic activity by supporting 4,062 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $10.5 million in local and state government revenues, according to the latest Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study, which was released on June 17 at the Americans for the Arts’ annual conference in San Francisco.

“This report demonstrates that the arts continue to be an important economic driver in Delaware, providing jobs for our citizens, generating business for our restaurants and other small enterprises, and tax revenue for our state and local governments. In addition to the important economic impacts, the arts benefit all Delawareans from children to senior citizens across the socioeconomic spectrum, and from rural communities to the cities,” says J. Mack Wathen, chair of the Delaware State Arts Council.

Results show that nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $103.6 million during fiscal year 2015. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $111.6 million in household income for local residents and a $10.5 million in local and state government revenues, which is approximately a 3:1 return on investment. The Delaware Division of the Arts receives state funding approximately $3 million for grants to support arts and community-based organizations, schools and individual artists.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $46.3 million (excluding the cost of admission) in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel, which helps support local tourism offices.

“The report confirms that the arts mean business for Delaware. Investment in the arts contributes to a stronger economy and improved quality of life which attracts a talented workforce to Delaware. Delaware has countless arts and cultural events at any given time as seen in, an online calendar managed by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Corporations, small businesses and individuals looking for a vibrant location to call home should look to Delaware as a place to settle,” says Guillermina Gonzalez, executive director of the Delaware Arts Alliance.

In Delaware, 95 of the 135 eligible nonprofit arts and cultural organizations participated in this study—an overall participation rate of 70.4 percent. A list of the participating organizations can be found in the full report. In addition to organizational data, a total of 1,417 valid audience-intercept surveys were collected from attendees to nonprofit arts and cultural performances, events, and exhibitions during 2016.

The full report and one-page summary can be found at:

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. Financial information from organizations was collected in partnership with DataArts™, using a new online survey interface. For a full list of the communities who participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study, visit


Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing

Delaware Division of the Arts Announces First Round of Grants in Support of Arts Projects for Fiscal Year 2017



The Delaware Division of the Arts is investing nearly $3 million in more than 100 arts and community organizations that will serve Delawareans statewide with arts programming and services, arts education, and arts marketing and promotion. This first round of funding for FY2017 includes the major grant categories: General Operating Support, Project Support, Arts Stabilization Fund, Education Resource, and StartUp.

Grant review panels made up of Delaware artists, arts educators, arts and nonprofit organization administrators, corporate and fundraising managers, and interested community members, provided an impartial peer review of these grant applications, reflecting the importance of having diverse public and expert participation in the grant-making process.

“We are proud to invest in communities across Delaware, from Claymont to Selbyville, through grants that support arts education, arts and community development, arts service organizations, and arts for underserved communities,” said Paul Weagraff, Director of the Division of the Arts.

“In Delaware, the arts were one of the top ten employers and contributed over $150 million dollars in revenue to the state with nearly a 7 to 1 return on public investment,” said Governor Jack A. Markell. “The arts are integral to Delaware’s economic vitality, and these grants ensure sustained arts programming for all Delawareans.”

The awards include general operating support for more than 70 arts organizations statewide, including three emerging arts organizations, and 43 grants support integration of the arts with learning, health and well-being, and community engagement. These project and education-based grants bring teaching artists into the classroom to integrate the arts in the STEM curriculum, provide reading readiness activities in early childhood centers, support after-school arts learning opportunities, and provide arts activities for those struggling with addiction, physical and intellectual disabilities; and incarceration. Six grants provide support for capital improvements and repairs to facilities owned by arts organizations.

Funding for the Delaware Division of the Arts comes from the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency. In addition, the funds for capital improvements grants (Arts Stabilization Fund) are drawn from the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) endowment. A complete list of grants for the first round of FY 2017 can be found here.


Grant Program # Grants Amount Awarded
General Operating Support 71 $2,535,100
Project Support 27 $206,500
Arts Stabilization Fund 5 $75,000
Education Resource 16 $140,000
StartUp 3 $4,000
TOTAL 122 $2,960,600

The Division also awards grants on an on-going basis throughout the year, including Arts Access grants, Artist Residencies, Individual Artist Fellowships, Individual Artist Opportunity grants, and TranspARTation grants. Full grant descriptions are available on the Division’s website and at the end of the release.

Interested members of the public, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders are encouraged to visit the Delaware Division of the Arts website to learn more about these programs. Notification of grant deadlines, guidelines and applications, as well as technical assistance opportunities are published in the monthly e-newsletter, Arts E-News. Please visit our website at for more details.


Arts Organizations: Non-profit Delaware organizations whose primary mission is the promotion, production, presentation, or teaching of the arts

General Operating Support – support of annual operating expenses to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Delaware. This grant category utilizes a three-year application cycle. Full applications are due every three years, with Interim applications due in the “off” year. Annual March 1 deadline.

Arts Stabilization – supports improvements to facilities owned (or under long-term lease) and operated by the organization. ASF grants are funded through the Division’s participation in the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) endowment. Annual March 1 deadline.

StartUp – a comprehensive program of financial support, training and consultant input 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.

Arts Access Grant – provides up to $1,000 for the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media, or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the project start date, and are reviewed as they are received, beginning on July 1 of each year. Organizations that receive General Operating or Project Support from the Division are not eligible to apply. Rolling deadline.

Schools: Delaware pre-K through 12 public, charter, private, and parochial schools

Artist Residency – grants for residencies with visual, literary, performing or media artists working with students in the classroom or in professional development workshops with teachers.

TranspARTation – grants that support transportation costs for schools to travel to Delaware arts and cultural institutions and venues in order for students to attend arts performances, events and exhibits. Rolling deadline.

Arts Organizations and Schools:

Education Resource – grants to strengthen school-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware arts community or strengthen arts organizations’ capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators.  Annual March 1 deadline.

Community-Based Organizations: Non-profit Delaware organizations, colleges, universities, and government entities that do not have the arts as their primary mission

Project Support – supports arts programs provided by CBOs that assist in the growth of a vibrant cultural environment by encouraging the continued development of arts activities in communities throughout the state. College and university projects must be non-credit and serve the general community.  Annual March 1 deadline.

Arts Access Grant – provides up to $1,000 for the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media, or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the project start date, and are reviewed as they are received, beginning on July 1 of each year. Organizations that receive General Operating or Project Support from the Division are not eligible to apply. Rolling deadline.

Individual Artists: Delaware residents, 18 years of age or older, not enrolled in a degree-granting program

Artist Fellowships – supports individual artists in their work as visual, performing, media, folk, and/or literary artists.  FY17 Masters categories are Visual and Folk Arts. Annual August 1 deadline. Applications now open. Deadline August 1 by 4:30 p.m.

Artist Opportunity Grants – supports individual artists with unique professional and artistic development or presentation opportunities. Rolling deadlines.

For more information about these grants, please visit our website at

About the Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit or call 302-577-8278.

 Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing