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Community Needs Grants Program

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits for General Operating
Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) - Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund

Deadline Date:

08/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of $15,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations for general operating support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for organizations providing services in a broad range of focus areas including, but not limited to housing, healthcare, environment, education, youth development, and arts and culture.

In August 2021, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund’s Community Needs Grants program will provide an opportunity for Delaware nonprofits to apply for general operating grants to support efforts to "re-open," return to "normal operations," or expand operations as the effects of pandemic are ongoing. This is the final planned Community Needs grant opportunity.

The Delaware Community Foundation's goal is to fund a mix of proposals in communities across Delaware and to support organizations working in a range of fields addressing an array of challenges. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190543

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each successful applicant is eligible for a grant of up to $15,000 per organization in this round.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility:
- Organizations must be actively providing services.
- Must be a 501(c)(3) public charity in good standing.
- 100% of the requested amount must benefit Delaware communities.
- Organizations are eligible to apply if they received funding previously from the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund (March 2020 – September 2020).
- Organizations are not eligible to apply this round if they received a general operating grant in the March 2021 round or May 2021 rounds.

The following types of nonprofit organizations are not eligible for this program:
- Sports Clubs, leagues, or facilities
- Public or tuition-based educational institutions
- Fundraising entities for programs and organizations that are primarily supported through government funding, e.g., schools, parks, libraries
- Endowments
- Religious organizations for their sectarian purposes (However, projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible for support.)

Pre-Application Information:

Application is now open.
Deadline: August 30, 2021 at 5 p.m.

About the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund:

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, contact Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate, at 302.504.5239.

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

Southern Delaware:
36 The Circle
Georgetown, DE 19947-4393

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