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Call for Interest in Multi-Year Collaboration for Healthy, Safe and Vibrant Communities

Grants to Delaware Community Groups and Nonprofits to
Enhance the Quality of Life for Residents in Eligible Regions

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Healthy Communities Delaware (HCD)

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Deadline Date:

03/13/20 8:00 PM


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Grants to Delaware community groups and nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Focus areas include housing, education, environment, transportation, job creation, financial health, and healthy food access, community vitality and safety. Eligible applicants must primarily serve at least one of the geographic areas of priority within New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties.

The goal of this initiative is to improve health and well-being in Delaware communities through alignment, investment and impact. It is intended to create healthier neighborhoods where residents live, work, learn and play, through community-based collaborations on community-identified priorities for change.  

HCD seeks to engage non-traditional and multi-sector partners in multi-year collaborations to address place-based needs. This approach will support existing and foster new community-level collaborations.

Applications from a community must demonstrate either (1) current collaboration among residents and organizations working within a community (geographic area), or (2) a plan to bring together residents and community-based organizations where that work has not yet been done. Preference will be given to applications using best-practice or evidence-based strategies. Increasing equity is a foundational goal of this effort, and should be at the core of the proposed work.

Collaboration and Funding Tracks: Applicants should indicate interest in applying to one or more of three collaboration and funding tracks: (1) Pre-planning; (2) Planning; (3) Ready-to-Go. For a full list of eligible project areas and more information about funding tracks, see

A combination of programmatic, salary and capital expenses may be requested. For a list of eligible capital expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188070

Estimated Size of Grant:

For the first 14-month funding period, up to a total of $750,000 will be available from Healthy Communities Delaware. The HCD funding will be available through an equitable-distribution model based on health risk score and population in the identified geographic areas: $460,979 will be available for New Castle County; $111,686 for Kent County; $177,335 for Sussex County.

Term of Contract:

The initially-proposed scope of work from a community must be completed within 14 months of funding (May 2020 – June 2021). At the same time, this is a long-term partnership—applicants will have the opportunity to apply regularly for additional funding for this or other projects identified in a new or existing community plan.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Call is designed for community-based coalitions with representation from residents, not for large institutions. Applicants to Track 3 should have 501(c)3 status, or an organization that acts as a fiscal agent. Applicants to Track 2 may or may not have 501(c)3 status, but should have an identified fiscal agent. Coalitions, groups or networks without a fiscal agent are welcome to apply for Track 1. HCD will help you work through the process of finding one. Applicants to all tracks must be interested in and willing to explore collaboration opportunities within and across communities.

Important: Collaboration within communities is highly encouraged. If overlapping Letters of Interest or Applications are received, the HCD team will work with the applicants to encourage a unified proposal. Unified applications will receive preference and applicants can request that funding go to multiple organizations to conduct their pieces of the collaborative work.

Examples of requests that will not be funded are:
- The purchase of land
- Endowments
- 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 the application deadline of this proposal
- Individuals
- Special events
- Debt reduction
- For-profit businesses
- Purchase of office equipment, furniture or electronics (Exceptions may occur at the Grants Committee’s discretion, for projects that build and/or sustain an organization’s technology infrastructure. Such projects must clearly demonstrate the impact of this type of capacity investment.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

February 5, 2020 – Informational webinars
- 8 am: Meeting URL:, Phone: +16468769923,,253353666# or +16699006833,,253353666#, Mtg ID: 253 353 666
- 4 pm: Meeting URL:, Phone: +16468769923,,540775702# or +16699006833,,540775702#, Mtg ID: 540 775 702

Optional Application Workshops (Please sign up for a time slot for one-on-one support.):
Georgetown Public Library:
Thursday, February 13th, 10am – 1pm, Meeting Room A [Sign up at]
Thursday, February 27th, 10am – 1pm, Meeting Room A [Sign up at]

Dover Public Library:
Monday, February 10th, 10am – 1pm, Multipurpose Room A [Sign up at]
Tuesday, February 25th, 10am – 1:30pm, Multipurpose Room A [Sign up at]

Rt. 9 Public Library:
Wednesday, February 12th, 10am – 2pm, Multipurpose Room B [Sign up at]
Monday, February 24th, 10am – 1:30pm, Multipurpose Room A [Sign up at]

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:
- January 30, 2020 – Call for Interest in Collaboration release
- February 5, 2020 – Informational webinars
- February 15, 2020 – Letter of Interest Due
- March 13, 2020, 8 pm – Applications Due
- Late March 2020 – Applicants Notified of Decisions
- Late April 2020 – Funding allocated to applicants

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Contact Information:

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

Submit Letter of Interest at:

For assistance completing the Letter of Interest and Application, or to determine the best fit and timing for your community, contact

For more information about the DCF’s grantmaking process, contact Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate, at 302.504.5239 or

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