Action/Innovation Grant

Action/Innovation Grant

Project/event-based for larger scale ambitions

Successful Action/Innovation Grant applications have a fully fleshed out structure and conceptualized plan—all that is needed is the funding to be put into action!

Dates and Deadlines (Fall FY 2024 A/I)

Letter of Inquiry OpensMarch 13, 2023
Letter of Inquiry DueMay 15, 2023
Invitation to ApplyMay 30, 2023
Application DueJuly 31, 2023
Award DecisionOctober 31, 2023
Period of PerformanceNovember 1, 2023 – October 31, 2024


Maximum grant award is $18,000, must be a 1:1 Cost-Share match with the amount requested from DE Humanities.



  1. An eligible organization must align their Grant to fit within the DE Humanities Four Core Themes (Stories/Histories, Environment/Health, Media/Democracy, Culture/Community) and explain why the Grant fits into a specific theme.
  2. Award amount(s): Applicants may request grant funds between $5,001-18,000. A 1:1 Cost-Share match is required.
  3. Period of Performance: All funded projects cost and activities must take place between May 1, 2023 and April 21, 2024. No pre-award costs are allowed.
  4. A UEI# is required in order to receive funds for each grant type, and it can take up to a week to receive one.
  5. We encourage minority-led organizations and organizations providing programming to historically marginalized communities in Delaware to apply for support.
  6. Organizations must submit an LOI (letter of inquiry). If accepted, they will then need to submit a full application via Foundant. Click here to preview the full application.
  7. Recipients will be required to set up a account to receive their award by epayment(s).


Applicant organizations will first be assessed for their financial and organizational stability. The results of the risk assessment will determine if the application will be forwarded on to the next stage, which is review by an external committee. The external committee then reviews the applications and sends their recommendations to the Delaware Humanities board for final approval.

Who is NOT eligible to apply for Action/Innovation Grants?

What costs are eligible for support under the Action/Innovation Grant?

All costs must be reasonable, necessary to accomplish project goals, and take place during the grant period.

What costs are not eligible for support through Action/Innovation Grants?

Spring 2023 A/I

If you applied for a Spring A/I award, the date of award notification is April 28, 2023. The period of performance is May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024.