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Delaware Community Foundation (DCF)

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that benefit local residents. Funding is intended for activities that promote youth achievements, enhance minority communities in eligible regions, and improve equity. The goal of the grant is to enable citizens to overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably, and thrive. Grants will support Latino Communities in Sussex County.

Increasing Youth Success: Invest in enabling at-risk, traditionally disadvantaged youth (birth to age 24) to advance their personal development and resiliency, civic engagement, physical and mental health, educational readiness and achievement from birth to post-secondary. The DCF will support programs and initiatives throughout Delaware that:

  • Expand access to and quality of early education in local communities.
  • Expand and strengthen out-of-school learning opportunities, with an emphasis on projects that serve middle and high school youth.
  • Encourage civic engagement and participation of Delaware’s middle and high school youth.
  • Identify and eliminate barriers to postsecondary access and success for our target population.
  • Strengthen pathways from education and training to employment.

Supporting Delaware’s Growing Latino Communities: Invest in enabling Delaware’s Latino families and residents to thrive, through expanded educational and community supports and building capacity and collaboration of service providers and resources in local communities. The DCF will support programs and initiatives in Sussex County that:

  • Expand access to and quality of English learner programs for youth and their families.
  • Expand programs that connect families to affordable housing.
  • Lower financial barriers to basic needs beyond housing, including food security, transportation, and health care.
  • Improve financial literacy.
  • Encourage civic engagement of Latino families and youth.
  • Promote efforts for Latino youth to feel connected to – and engaged in – their communities.
  • Develop local infrastructure that improves economic opportunity and quality of life for our target population (e.g. broadband access, clean energy or bike/pedestrian transportation).
  • Expand access to arts and multi-cultural opportunities for all residents.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185438

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agencies receiving DCF grants must serve the state of Delaware and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.

Not supported:
• Non-501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
• Purchase of office equipment, furniture or electronics
• Sports clubs, leagues or facilities
• Educational institutions
• Purchase of vehicles (i.e. mobile machines that transport people or cargo)
• Endowment
• Religious organizations for sectarian purposes (However, projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible for support.)
• Annual fundraising campaigns or general operating expenses
• Projects completed before June of the current year
• Individuals
• Special events
• Debt reduction

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application submission deadline is February 14, 2020. Grants are approved by the DCF Board of Directors within three months of the application deadline.

Grant proposals must be submitted using the online DCF application form. One application per organization will be accepted. Other proposal formats will not be accepted.

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Direct questions to:
Sarah Grunewald, Vice President of Community Impact

Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate

Delaware Community Foundation
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 115
PO Box 1636
Wilmington, DE 19899-1636
phone 302.571.8004
fax 302.571.1553

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