A program of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
The first monthly deadline will be noon on July 13. 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.
In its first eight weeks, the fund awarded $2.3 million in grants to help people in Delaware by supporting 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 enable nonprofits to better serve Delawareans by providing resources to help them shift to new or modified operating models, or restart or pivot programs in response to COVID-19.
These grants are not intended for emergency needs. Rather, these grants are intended to support nonprofit sectors through organizations that are sustainable with strong leadership, management and fiscal accountability, as well as solid programmatic outcomes that benefit Delawareans.
These grants can address 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 underserved populations will be favored.
Specifically, funding may be used for:
- Operational or technical expenses to realign operations to remain agile and efficient,
- Pivoting to address needs related to COVID-19, or
- Terminating services that are no longer necessary.
- Must be a 501(c)(3) public charity, religious organization or government organization in good standing.
- Organization must be at least two years (24 months) old.
- 100% of the requested amount must benefit Delaware.
- Actively providing service OR temporarily closed because of the pandemic.
- Organizations may submit one application at a time.
- Organizations may apply a total of three times between July and December 2020, whether they receive funding or not.
- Organizations are not required to wait between submissions. I.e., an organization may submit applications in July, August and September.
- No grantee can receive more than $50,000 total between July and December 2020. I.e., if an applicant is awarded $50,000 in a single grant, the organization may not apply again. If an organization receives $25,000, the organization may apply again for up to an additional $25,000. If the organization receives two $25,000 grants, it may not apply again.
- Organizations are eligible to apply July-December, 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.
- Expenses not related to an organizational shift or transition, such as ongoing staffing, programmatic, operational, or capital costs of the organization.
- Grants directly 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.
Applications will be accepted online only.
Monthly deadlines are at noon on:
- July 13
- 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:
- Live webinars on strategies for sustainability in late June and early July, with recordings available online afterward. (Free to public.)
- 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 Allison Taylor Levine.