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03/05/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Delaware nonprofit organizations for services to state residents. Funding is intended to support a wide range of activities that benefit senior centers in local communities. The purpose of this grant program is to provide supplemental funding to service agencies and should not be construed as a sole source of funding.

Senior Center applications should address the following nine program areas:

  • Transportation
  • Nutrition
  • Social and Recreational
  • Health, Wellness, and Support Services
  • Physical Fitness
  • Aquatics
  • Educational Enrichment
  • Outreach and Reference
  • Adult Day Care

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174319

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant-in-Aid is an appropriation made by the General Assembly to support the activities of nonprofit organizations that provide services to the citizens of Delaware.

To be considered for a GIA award, an agency must meet the following criteria:
- Be an incorporated non-profit (or under the umbrella of a parent organization which is also an incorporated non-profit) and operating for two years before applying for GIA;
- Have bylaws that clearly state the purpose of the agency and include a definition of duties of the Board of Directors;
- Have an active, community-represented, volunteer Board of Directors that sets policies, goals, and objectives and maintains minutes of regularly scheduled meetings and any special meetings;
- Have programs that are unduplicated by other state-supported agencies and satisfy unmet human needs of the community;
- Have personnel policies including job descriptions and classifications;
- Have competent executives, competent 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; and
- Request funds only for a program that does not receive full funding from other sources of revenue; and
- Provide at least the following services: Transportation; Social Programs; and Congregate Meals.

Beginning with the Fiscal Year 2023 application period (in September 2021), an agency must not request funding for a GIA appropriation through a fiscal agent. Organizations already receiving GIA funding who use fiscal agents will continue to receive funding but must be in compliance by the application period for the Fiscal Year 2023 to be considered for an appropriation in future fiscal years.

GIA funding cannot be used for:
- Providing child daycare;
- The purchase of capital equipment;
- The relocation, rehabilitation, renovation, or purchase of buildings;
- The payment of any part of an elected official’s salary or benefits;
- A political campaign or for partisan political purposes; and
- The hiring of lobbyists or other lobbying services.

Pre-Application Information:

- January 4, 2021: Senior Center Online Application Opens
- March 5, 2021: Senior Center Online Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, March 5, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

Organizations who receive, or who wish to receive, GIA funding are required to maintain a supplier profile at the State of Delaware’s eSupplier Portal ( This secure login site allows new suppliers to register and for existing suppliers to manage payment information.

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.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you have questions regarding the GIA system, then please contact:
Jason R. Smith
Grant-In-Aid Coordinator, Senior Legislative Analyst
Office of the Controller General, Delaware General Assembly
(302) 744-4200

If you have questions regarding the content in the GIA application, then please contact:
Eric D. Jacobson
Associate Professor, Assistant Director and Policy Scientist
Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware
(302) 831-1711

For technical assistance, please call the Legislative Information Services Helpdesk at (302) 744-4260,
or by email at

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