Grant in Aid is an appropriation made by the General Assembly to support the activities of non-profit organizations which provide services to the citizens of Delaware. The purpose of Grant in Aid is to provide supplemental funding to service agencies and should not be construed as a sole source of funding.
To qualify for Grant in Aid, an agency must have a 501-C3 tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and have been incorporated in the State of Delaware for at least two years prior to the beginning of the fiscal year for which they are applying. Agencies are to submit the original application and a copy as well as their most recent audit. Applications are mailed on July 1 or the first business day of July and due in the Office of the Controller General by the close of business on November 1 or the first business day of November.
Each category is assigned a team of legislators from the Joint Finance Committees. The teams review the applications assigned to that group and make funding recommendations to the full Committee. Decisions regarding Grant in Aid are made by the Joint Finance Committee in late June. Historically, the Grants-in-Aid bill is the final appropriations bill enacted by the legislature on June 30th.
Grant in Aid categories:
Each category is assigned a team of legislators from the Joint Finance Committee. The teams review the applications assigned to that group and make funding recommendations to the full Committee.
Historically, decisions regarding Grant in Aid have been made after the operating and capital budgets have been finalized. The categories are:
• Health, Handicapped and labor
• Arts, Cultural and Tourism
• Neighborhood and Community Services
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse
• Family and Youth Services
• Fire Companies
• Senior Centers
Notification of Joint Finance Meetings to discuss Grant in Aid are posted on the internet and provided to the media. Meetings are open to the public. Please check the Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing page to view the schedule.
The Office of the Controller General conducts a workshop in September for participants to assist them in completing the application.
If you have questions regarding the Grant-In-Aid Application or the instructions, please contact Courtney Stewart or Evelyn Nestlerode at (302) 744-4200. Thank you.