Heritage Commission

A Celebration of Delaware History


The Delaware Heritage Commission offers two different grants meant for individuals and groups studying the history and heritage of Delaware. Grant applications are accepted at any time. They are then considered by the Purnell Challenge Grant or McKinstry Award Committee. The Committee then makes a recommendation to the Commission at an Executive Committee or Regular Commission meeting. The Executive Committee meets the first Wednesday of even-numbered months (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.). The Regular Commission meetings are held the first Wednesday of odd numbered months (Jan, March, May, July, Sept., Nov.).

Recently Purnell Challenge Grants have been awarded to the Milford Museum, Hagley Museum and Library, and the Lewes Historical Society

Recent McKinstry Award scholars are Wade Catts of Newark, Kathleen Buckalew of Wilmington, and Stephanie Holyfield of Hockessin

Purnell Challenge Grants are meant for groups and are matching grants.

Typically, Purnell Challenge Grants range from $250 – $1,500

McKinstry Awards are for individuals.

McKinstry Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000

For more information please call the Commission office. Our contact information is listed here.

For an application please click:

Purnell Challenge Grant

James T. McKinstry Award

Please complete the grant application in blue or black ink or in typed format and send to:
Heritage Commission
Dick Carter, Chair
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North
Dover, DE 19901

or Fax to: (302) 739-8436

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