Grant in Aid

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 this funding 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:

  • Be an incorporated, non-profit (or under umbrella of parent organization which is an incorporated, non-profit) for at least two years prior to applying;
  • Have By-laws that clearly state the purpose of the corporation and include definition of duties for Board of Directors;
  • Have an active, community-representative, volunteer Board of Directors;
  • Have personnel policies;
  • Not pay any part of an elected official’s salary;
  • Have competent executives, staffing, and reasonable facilities;
  • Practice non-discrimination;
  • Have accounting (budget) procedures
  • Have an audit completed within the past three years by a Certified Public Accountant or a Public Accountant;
  • Use funds in accordance with the application
  • Demonstrate community support;
  • Request funds only for a program which does not receive full funding from other sources of revenue;
  • Submit an online application no later than December 7, 2018  or Senior Centers by March 1, 2019.

Workshop Information

New applicants are encouraged to attend the GIA information workshop.  Pre-registration is not required.  The next scheduled workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10 the House Hearing Room, Legislative Hall.

Fiscal Year 2020 Application

The Fiscal Year 2020 General and Veteran’s application deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The Fiscal Year 2020 Senior Center application will be available Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The deadline to submit the online application will be Friday, March 1, 2019.

To submit an application go to

Grant-in-Aid Categories and Contacts

Each Grant-in-Aid 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. Decisions regarding Grant-in-Aid are made by the Joint Finance Committee in late June. Historically, the Grant-in-Aid bill is the final appropriations bill enacted by the legislature on June 30th.

Overall Grant-In-Aid Coordinator –Arthur Jenkins

Aging/Senior Centers/Fire Companies /Veterans

Arthur Jenkins


Jason Smith

Health/Disabled and Labor

Ruth Ann Jones

Family and Youth Services

Victoria Brennan

Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Ruth Ann Jones

Neighborhood and Community Services

Julie Fedele

Notification of Joint Finance Committee 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.