Grant Program Hopes to Boost Fundraising Efforts of Arts Groups


The Delaware Division of the Arts will be offering state arts organizations a significant financial boost through Delaware’s largest day of giving, Do More 24 Delaware, on March 4-5. This year, the Division will provide up to $425,000 in matching funds to its FY2021 arts organization grantees in conjunction with the statewide giving day event. The Division’s “stretch pool” funds will be awarded to grantees who fundraise through the website over the 24-hour fundraising period. Do More 24 Delaware is organized by United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact Association.

Division funds will be allocated to its participating grantees in proportion to the donations they raise through the DoMore24 Delaware campaign, including bonuses for organizations with the highest number of donors. Donations will allow organizations to develop new delivery mechanisms, prepare for re-opening their facilities, and resume live production and presentation schedules as COVID restrictions are relaxed.

“We expect that this ‘stretch pool’ incentive will boost arts organizations’ fundraising efforts as well as encourage individuals to donate to their favorite arts organizations,” said Paul Weagraff, director of the Delaware Division of the Arts. “This opportunity benefits arts organizations at a time when COVID restrictions have severely reduced the earned revenues necessary to cover ongoing overhead expenses.”