Delaware nonprofits, we know your community needs your help.
Note: These guidelines apply for the week of March 30, 2020. Please review guidelines each week. We will revise as we learn and community needs evolve.
About the Fund
The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund targets emerging and evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities, for the longer term needs of our community.
The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and United Way of Delaware (UWDE) are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.
Grants from the Strategic Response Fund, housed at the DCF, will be coordinated with grants from UWDE’s Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which focuses on more immediate needs.
The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is structured to help Delaware-serving 501(c)3 organizations address a broad range of community needs. Target applicants are nonprofit organizations with deep roots in the community and a strong track record of serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from the crisis.
The maximum award will be $50,000. During the first two weeks, we anticipate focusing on urgent needs related to COVID-19. Over time, we envision making grants in more structural and long-term needs in three funding areas related to the effects of COVID-19:
- Front-Line Grants fund nonprofits encountering increased demand for services due to COVID-19. This includes services to people who are financially vulnerable, homeless, and facing health challenges.
- Service-Challenged Grants fund nonprofits that need assistance modifying their service delivery models extremely rapidly due to COVID-19.
- Collateral Damage Grants fund nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures, cancellations and other challenges related to COVID-19.
The Strategic Response Fund will generally not consider proposals to fund:
- Grants directly to individuals.
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities.
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes, although religious organizations providing non-religious community services will be considered.
Agencies must serve the state of Delaware and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.
- Grants will be awarded each week. The intent is to fund grants weekly for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19.
- Applications will be accepted online only at delcf.org/covid-grants.
- Applications will be due at noon each Monday, starting on March 30, 2020. Applications received after noon on Monday will be included in the following week’s pool.
- An organization may submit only one grant request at a time.
- On Friday of each week, all applicants will be notified of status and funds will be transferred to grantees by 5 pm.
- If an application is not funded, it may be resubmitted (modified or not) the following week.
- Grantees must wait one week before submitting another application.
Please email questions to Allison Taylor Levine.
Applicants must not contact reviewers 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.