First monthly Community Needs Grants deadline is 5 p.m. on July 13. Deadline for Vision Grants letters of intent is 5 p.m. on June 26.
Through the Community Needs Grants Program, the fund 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.
Through the Vision Grants Program, the fund will invest in innovative solutions across a variety of topic areas that address the emerging and evolving needs arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vision Grants will support bold solutions, innovative ways of delivering services and programs, address specific social problems, include key partners, and drive broader social or systems changes.
About the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
A partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $2.5 million to 107 Delaware nonprofits so far. The fund awarded grants each week March 27-May 22 and two additional rounds in June. The new Community Needs Grants Program and the Vision Grants Program will build on the work to date.
- Stuart Comstock-Gay, president & CEO, Delaware Community Foundation (chair)
- H. Raye Jones Avery, retired CEO, Christina Cultural Arts Center
- Jeff Banning, Trinity Logistics
- Jennifer Cho, Barclays Bank
- There Du Pont, Longwood Foundation
- Chris Grundner, Welfare Foundation
- Daniel Okonkwo, JPMorgan Chase
- Karen Speakman, NCALL
Community Needs Council
- Leslie Newman, Retired CEO, Children & Families First (chair)
- April Birmingham, M&T Bank
- Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
- Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
- Todd Veale, Laffey-McHugh
- Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power
- Amy Walls, Discover Bank
Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise.
The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.
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, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.
To contribute, visit delcf.org/covid19-fund. Gifts through Aug. 31 will be matched by the Longwood Foundation up to $500,000.
Please email questions to Allison Taylor Levine.