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Delaware Division of the Arts offers new grant program for schools

Delaware Public Media

Many cultural institutions offer free programming to Delaware schools but often attending events is still cost prohibitive. Now, First State schools can request funding to cover travel expenses to arts events to include fuel, parking, and tolls with TranspARTation Grants.

Paul Weagraff is the Director for the Delaware Division of the Arts. He says the grants will help remove barriers to participation and increase access to arts education throughout the state.

“Future audiences and future artists and participants are developed by students who are familiar with what is available to them,” he says. “We know that there are professional artists out there who were first inspired to engage in the arts from a school field trip.”

Weagraff says the state recognizes the importance of connecting schools with cultural institutions to promote creative learning.

“We believe firmly that the arts and arts education are an integral part of a holistic education for not only the improvement of educational programming but also to help prepare students and acquaint them with the cultural amenities of their communities," he says.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received until all available funds have been awarded.

More information is available at

This piece is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.