Project/event-based, or can be used as planning and research stage for larger projects
|Letter of Interest||Not Required|
|Application Processed||Applications received by the last day of each month will be reviewed the following month|
Maximum grant award is $5,000, must be a 1:1 Cost-Share match with the amount requested from DE Humanities; in some cases the Cost-Share match can be waived (contact Grants Officer if interested).
- Must have a Unique Entity Identifier #
Register for a UEI number if your organization does not have one.
- Organizations we can fund:
- Delaware nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
- K-12 schools, colleges, universities
- Museums, historical societies, libraries
- State/local government agencies
- Professional or social organizations
- Community or religious groups
- Ad hoc groups
- 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.
- Award amount(s): Applicants may request grant funds up to but not exceeding $5,000. A 1:1 Cost-Share match is required for Opportunity Grants, though this may be waived in some circumstances. Please contact the Grant Officer to determine organization’s eligibility.
- Period of Performance: Six months, starting the first of the month after the notification of approval. No pre-award costs are allowed.
- A UEI# is required in order to receive funds for each grant type, and it can take up to a week to receive one.
- Part of the application evaluation is a risk assessment based on the applying organization’s financial and organizational stability.
- We encourage minority-led organizations and organizations providing programming to historically marginalized communities in Delaware to apply for support.
Who is NOT eligible to apply for Opportunity Grants?
- Humanitarian organizations
- For-profit organizations
- Organizations that are not physically located in Delaware
What costs are eligible for support under the Opportunity Grant?
- Direct programming and implementation costs integral to the project
- Technical or consulting needs related to digital transition or access, including costs directly associated with digitizing humanities collections to make them available online
- Honoraria for humanities experts/scholars/facilitators
- Domestic travel and per diem – which may include refreshments, but which must be shown to be necessary and reasonable, travel costs are allowed for out of town personnel only. Mileage is re-imbursed at $.51/mile.
- Supplies – consumable items, i.e. paper products that can only be used one time
- Rental – facilities space for event if grantee organization does not have one
- Promotion and Printing – advertising and publicity costs for outreach, includes social media and virtual publicity efforts as well as traditional paper-based
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 Opportunity Grants?
- General operating support and general (NOT project-specific) staff salaries
- Scholarly programs directed to a limited audience or individual scholar research
- Competitive re-granting, prizes, awards, and projects that provide academic credit, scholarships, fellowships
- Cancellation costs
- Pre-award costs
- Equipment costs in excess of 20% of total project costs, or $5,000.00
- International travel
- Construction, purchase of real property, major alteration, repair and renovation
- Collections acquisition
- The preservation, organization, or description of materials that are not regularly accessible for research, education, or public programming
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action m. Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Alcohol and entertainment
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies) Contact the Delaware Division of the Arts for all performance and art creation projects.
- Unallowable expenses as defined in 2 CFR200 Subpart E-Cost Principles