New Castle County nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for grants from the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB). The board will award $15,000 in grants to New Castle County schools and qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, in accordance with its designated area of focus. Requests for up to $2,500 will be accepted.
This year, the Youth Philanthropy Board will consider funding requests for the following:
- Programs that assist veterans transition back to civilian life; or
- Programs that help at-risk students in grades 9-12 prepare for life for post-high school. Special consideration will be given to programs with a mentoring component.
Grant requests must be submitted on a 2016 YPB Grant Application Form for the appropriate county. Forms are available at delcf.org/grants and can be submitted directly via email. Forms also may be printed and mailed. Completed applications must be received by 4 p.m. on December 15, 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Grant recipients will be announced in May 2016.
The Delaware Community Foundation sponsors a YPB in each Delaware county to encourage youths to become more involved in philanthropy. Each board, composed of high school students, is allotted a pool of money to give as charitable grants. The students learn about philanthropy and effective grantmaking, study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, solicit grant proposals, and award grants to those they determine to be most deserving.
Retired Delaware educator Phyllis Wynn established the Youth Philanthropy Fund in 1999 because she wanted to encourage youth to become more involved in philanthropic ventures. Students who serve on the YPB are nominated by their principal or guidance counselor.
“Every year, we are honored to have outstanding high school students join the YPB to learn about and enjoy charitable giving,” DCF President and CEO Fred Sears said. “By enabling these students to learn about and experience giving now, we’re preparing the next generation to keep philanthropy strong in Delaware.”
2015-2016 New Castle County Youth Philanthropy Board:
Jake Barks junior St. Elizabeth High School
Marguerite Beane senior Padua Academy
Scott Bernetich sophomore Charter School of Wilmington
Jacob Campbell junior William Penn High School
Alina Caulfield senior Sanford School
Gabriella daPonte senior Red Lion Christian Academy
Samantha Drummond senior Wilmington Christian School
Patrick Lyons senior Salesianum School
Megan McCormick junior Newark Charter School
Collin Megee senior Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Lange Scanlan senior Tower Hill School
Matthew Thompson senior Caravel Academy
Shefali Waghray senior Mount Pleasant High School
Richiah Fayson junior Newark High School
Kaitlin Friswell senior Howard High School of Technology
Cameron Hines senior St. Andrew’s School
Katherine Hosey senior Ursuline Academy
Madeleine Ireland senior Wilmington Friends School
Nicole Kennedy sophomore Conrad Schools of Science
Jason Kramer senior Tatnall School
David Walczak senior Tall Oaks Classical School
Connor Ward senior St. George’s Tech
Joseph White junior St. Mark’s High School
Laura Williams senior Archmere Academy
Jasmine Winslow senior Delaware Military Academy
Tim Weihang Zhang senior A.I. du Pont High School