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Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund - Vision Grants Program

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, Agencies, and Faith-Based Organizations
for Program Development During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and United Way of Delaware (UWDE)

Deadline Date:

07/23/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and religious organizations for program development during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to support collaboration among organizations, streamline services, and encourage organizations to merge to increase efficiency.

The Strategic Response Fund’s Vision Grants Program seeks to invest in innovative solutions across a variety of topic areas that address the emerging and evolving needs arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen, it is known that the challenges include high rates of unemployment, stresses on the healthcare system, a difficult small business environment, and diminished government and philanthropic dollars. Nonprofit and social sector organizations must rethink and reimagine how to be effective, equitable, and sustainable in providing services and programs. Communities will be best served if leaders respond to the challenges that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating innovative solutions that address these issues. 

The goal of the Vision Grants Program is to improve service to Delaware communities by helping organizations:

  • Institute innovative approaches to address systemic issues that impact Delaware and that no one organization could solve independently. This could include for-profit/nonprofit joint ventures, public-private partnerships, coordination in a geographic area, and/or issue-area collaborations.
  • Reposition and/or integrate services across multiple agencies where current operating models no longer fit or can be improved, creating catalytic impact on the partners’ capacity, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and financial health.
  • Merge in cases in which two or more organizations can increase effectiveness, sustainability and better serve their constituencies by joining together than remaining separate. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188731

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $20,000 to $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Lead Organization must be a 501c3 public charity, religious organization, or government agency. Private and/or for-profit entities and agencies of other statuses may be partners, but they cannot serve as the Lead Organization.

The Vision Grants Program does not fund:
- Ongoing staffing, programmatic, operational, or capital costs of the organization(s).
- Program-level only collaboration that does not involve a fundamental shift in organizational service models. (e.g., a nonprofit that provides after-school programming that works with a school is not likely to be awarded a Vision Grant.)
- Grants directly to individuals.
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities.
- Proposals that exclusively serve religious purposes, although religious organizations providing non-religious community services will be considered.
- Capital expenses, unless they are key part of the transformative initiative.
- Endowments.
- Previously incurred expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the next round of Vision Grants will open on June 28, 2021.
Deadline is July 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
*There will be no LOI process for this round of Vision Grants.

A Lead Organization must only submit one application in a given round.

About Applying for Funding:

Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund:

Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI online to:

Please email questions to Sarah Grunewald, Vice President for Community Impact:

Main Office
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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