A program of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
***Update 8/5/20: Please note minor modifications to grant guidelines. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Grunewald at email@example.com before submitting your proposal.
The next monthly deadline will be 5 p.m. on August 10. View all deadlines.
The Delaware COVID-19 Community Needs Grants Program is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, a collaborative fund created in March 2020 by leading philanthropic organizations in Delaware to address emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March, the fund has awarded $3 million in grants to help nonprofit organizations support people in Delaware. Grants have supported efforts in health care, housing, food and other critical services, as well as the arts, education, environment and other issues related to quality of life.
For the second half of 2020, the Community Needs Grants Program will award monthly grants up to $50,000 to support Delaware nonprofit organizations as they respond to the operational challenges of the pandemic. Funding is designed to support immediate investments to increase operational capacity or improve operating efficiency, enabling organizations to alter or continue their work in the “new normal.” Proposals should clearly demonstrate how the organization is adjusting to the current conditions and how it plans to sustain operations moving forward.
These grants are not intended for emergency needs or for costs that can be covered by other sources such as state or federal funding. It is also not intended to replace lost revenue such as fundraising or to support capital campaigns. Rather, these grants are intended to support the restart of operations and implementation of approaches that will sustain the organization in the future.
Grant requests can be submitted by organizations supporting any sector traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, the arts, culture, education, environment and others. Organizations with a history of addressing the needs of diverse populations that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be favored.
Specifically, funding may be used for:
- General operating funds (if aligned with improving efficiency or expanding capacity).
- Technology-related equipment or services.
- Supplies, equipment or small capital items.
- Development of new services or content.
- Consulting services.
- Communication programs.
- Pivoting to address needs in a different way related to the impact of COVID-19.
- Must be a 501(c)(3) public charity in good standing.
- 100% of the requested amount must benefit Delaware.
- Organizations must be actively providing services.
- Organizations may submit one application at a time.
- Organizations are eligible for a total of $50,000 between July and December 2020.
- Organizations may apply a maximum of three times, whether successful or unsuccessful, between July and December.
- Organizations are not required to wait between applications.
- Organizations are eligible to apply even if they received funding from the Strategic Response Fund March-June.
Agencies must serve the state of Delaware and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.
Ineligible Use of Funds
The Community Needs Grants Program does not fund:
- Requests unrelated to the impact of the pandemic.
- General operating expenses not related to efficiency or capacity building, such as general staffing, program support, or capital costs of the organization.
- Grants to individuals.
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities.
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes, although religious organizations providing nonreligious community services will be considered.
- Previously incurred expenses, i.e. the fund is not designed to reimburse organizations for expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic.
- Requests to replace fundraising or lost revenue.
- Expenses that can be reimbursed by local, state or federal government.
- Capital campaigns.
- Capital expenses that are being replaced or maintained due to general use/wear and tear.
- Grants to publicly funded educational institutions or private institutions that charge tuition.
Applications will be accepted online only.
Monthly deadlines are at noon on:
- August 10
- September 14
- October 12
- November 9
- December 7
Late applications will not be accepted and may be submitted the following month.
Resources to Support Nonprofits Developing Applications
For organizations that do not have the resources to provide effective responses to the questions in the application, the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) is offering assistance in the form of:
- Tips, templates and webinars on subjects ranging from grant writing, creating forward cash projections, communicating outcomes and more. (Free for DANA members/nominal fee for nonmembers.)
- One-on-one coaching assistance to answer questions, assist with analysis or for guidance on grant writing and topics related to sustainability. (Fees may apply.)
Applicants must not contact reviewers or Council members about their applications unless directly asked for additional information. This is critical because of the large quantity of applications expected and the focus required to make decisions quickly.
Please email questions to Sarah Grunewald.