Note: These guidelines apply for grants being submitted by the Monday, June 1, and Monday, June 15, deadlines.
During its initial seven weeks, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, launched on March 18, awarded $2.3 million to 94 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state. These weekly grants are now completed.
The fund will accept additional grant applications on June 1 and June 15.
The June grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state.
While we cannot address the sustainability of every nonprofit organization, the goal of these grants is to strengthen the sustainability of the sectors traditionally upheld by nonprofits, including health and social services, education, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare, the arts, culture and others.
These grants target solvent nonprofit organizations with solid plans for long-term fiscal sustainability, strong leadership and management. The plans should be responsive to the changing environment for funding, as well as evolving community needs. Organizations with a history of serving underserved populations will be favored.
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. The DCF, DANA, 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. An organization is eligible only if it is a 501(c)3 organization that is a public charity, church or government agency directly servicing the public.
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.
Organizations that are currently providing services or preparing to relaunch activity after pandemic-related hiatus are invited to apply.
Over time, we strive to provide funding in three broad areas related to the effects of COVID-19:
- Front-Line Grants to 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 to fund nonprofits that need assistance modifying their service delivery models extremely rapidly due to COVID-19.
- Collateral Damage Grants to fund nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures, cancellations and other challenges related to COVID-19.
It is NOT necessary at this time to define how your request fits into one of these categories.
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.
- Applications will be accepted online only at delcf.org/covid-grants.
- In June, applications will be due at noon on June 1 and June 15.
- Organizations may apply on June 1 or June 15, but not both.
- Applications received after noon on Monday, June 1 will be included in the June 15 pool.
- An organization may submit only one grant request at a time.
- On Friday, June 5 and Friday, June 19, all applicants will be notified of status and funds will be transferred to grantees by 5 p.m.
The intent is to fund additional grants in July and subsequent months for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Details about future grant opportunities will be available soon.
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.