Spring 2024 Action/Innovation Awards Announced

May 30, 2024

Delaware Humanities is pleased to announce the recipients of our FY24 Spring Action/Innovation grant!  
History Book Festival (Lewes, DE) – $18,000 – 2024 History Book Festival 
The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival in the country dedicated to both non-fiction and fiction history books. This festival brings authors from around the world together with readers to celebrate the power of history, literature, and civil dialogue.  

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (Lewes, DE)$9,000 – Black Voices Magazine 
Black Voices is a quarterly magazine covering topics in local Black history, health, science, and literature – among many other topics! The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will be using Delaware Humanities funding to increase the circulation of their magazine into Kent and New Castle counties.  

Local Journalism Initiative (Wilmington, DE) – $18,000 – “Elections 2024: Community-Powered Voter Education, Dialogue and Debates” 
Local Journalism Initiative is creating a multi-lingual, multi-platform, community-powered voter guide and hosting two debates—one for governor and one for the US House of Representatives. The Local Journalism Initiative will also be hosting watch parties for these debates. 

Eleutherin Mills Hagley Foundation (Hagley Museum and Library) (Wilmington, DE) – $18,000 – “William Edward Bazzelle: Chemist, Manager, and Mentor”  
This documentary centers on the life of Dr. William Edward “Bill” Bazzelle, Sr., a Black chemist recruited by DuPont in the 1980’s who went on to establish himself in Wilmington through his civil rights work, STEM education promotion, youth mentorship, and fraternal philanthropy.  

Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiques, Hale-Byrnes House (Newark, DE) – $5,100 – “Commemorate, Celebrate, and Educate: 200th Anniversary of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour” 
This event celebrates the Marquis de Lafayette’s tour of Delaware on October 7th, 1824 as part of his trip through the United States. Family-friendly activities and events will be set up at a number of historic locations in Delaware, including Hagley Museum and Library, Claymont Historical Society, Brandywine Village, and Delaware Historical Society. 

Network Delaware (Wilmington, DE) – $16,200 – “The Social Change Summit”  
“Social Change Summit” is an annual statewide civic leadership conference. This conference connects a diverse array of Delawareans, providing issue-based networking opportunities, skill-based workshops, and keynote speakers on grassroots organizing. Attendees will be connected to community efforts, connected to resources and opportunities within the state, and learn how to move from “I want to get involved” to making an impact for the causes near and dear to their communities.  

Delaware Humanities is happy to fund local, humanities-centric projects and programs. Visit our Grants page for more information if you are interested in learning more about projects we can fund and how to apply.  

We look forward to all of our grantees events, programs, and projects and hope to see you in attendance!