Two funds established to provide critical financial support to local nonprofit organizations during the pandemic crisis made nearly $500,000 in grants in their most recent cycle of grants.
In its sixth round of funding, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund made grants to 18 nonprofit organizations providing essential services to communities throughout the state.
More than fifty applicants requested a total of $1.7 million from fund in the latest application cycle. The fund, which launched on March 18 and is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), has donated more than $1.75 million to 80 Delaware nonprofits.
Initial grants have been focused on immediate, urgent needs but the grants are now broadening to address a combination of broader community needs, including the arts, culture, the environment, workforce development, animal welfare and more.
The most recent grantees are:
- Central Baptist Community Development Corporation – $9,000 to deliver fresh produce to vulnerable families in New Castle County.
- Delaware Contemporary – $10,000 to support virtual programming for at-risk children in New Castle County.
- Delaware Theatre Company – $10,000 to support staff working remotely with clients and educational programming participants.
- Down Syndrome Association of Delaware – $3,700 to fund virtual programming statewide.
- Elizabeth W. Murphey School – $15,600 to support pandemic-related precautions in housing foster children in Kent County.
- Faithful Friends Animal Society – $28,000 to fund Community Pet Food Banks in partnership with Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA for families in need statewide.
- Harrington Senior Center – $4,800 for a commercial refrigerator and freezer to facilitate meal delivery to homebound seniors.
- Harry K Foundation – $15,000 to provide take-away meals for families at sites in Kent and Sussex County.
- Home of the Brave Foundation – $10,000 to provide housing for veterans in Milford.
- La Red Health Center – $42,000 to provide prenatal care for women in Sussex County.
- Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide families in New Castle County with emergency assistance.
- Mary Campbell Center – $10,000 for personal protective equipment for staff at the Wilmington home for adults with disabilities.
- Milford Housing Development Corporation – $10,500 for technology and supplies needed for staff to serve clients remotely in Greater Milford.
- NCALL – $29,000 for technology and training to enable staff to serve clients remotely in Kent County.
- Neighborhood House – $16,000 for case management, food and other direct support for families in Wilmington.
- Square One Delaware – $17,000 to provide housing for individuals recovering from addiction in Seaford.
- Wilmington Senior Center – $10,000 to deliver food to seniors in Wilmington.
- Music School of Delaware – $10,000 for technology needed to provide distance learning to students throughout Delaware.
The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, managed by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), today released $163,000 in community investments to help 11 community-based organizations across the state serve Delawareans needing food, shelter, utilities and other critical products and services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Much of the funding has been directed to assist low-income and/or homeless individuals and families. To date, the Fund has released $631,750. For the fourth round, the Fund received a total of 14 applications requesting $306,060. A fifth round of funding is expected on or around May 22nd.
Fourth-round recipients of the Delaware Does More Rapid Response Fund are:
- Boy Scouts of America ($5,000): Food security programs and safety supplies statewide.
- Catholic Charities ($25,000): Utilities and housing assistance for families
- Children and Families First ($8,500): For connectivity and technology for families statewide
- Delaware Center for Justice ($12,000): Assistance with food, utilities, housing, and transportation for individuals and families statewide.
- First State Community Action Agency ($25,000): Housing interventions for homeless and seniors Kent and Sussex counties.
- Food Bank of Delaware ($25,000):
Distribute 120,000 lbs. of food through pop up mobile pantry events statewide.
- Friendship House ($10,000): Emergency housing and basic needs for homeless.
- Home of the Brave ($5,000): Food, utilities, and basic needs for families, seniors, homeless and disabled, and veterans statewide.
- Latin American Community Center ($25,000): Food, housing and utility assistance for families statewide.
- Ministry of Caring ($12,500): Food and personal protective equipment for families, seniors, homeless, disabled in New Castle County.
- YWCA of Delaware ($10,000): Food, utilities and housing assistance for families, homeless, in New Castle County.
The June Strategic Response Fund grants will target nonprofit organizations – both large and small – playing key roles in various sectors, throughout the state. This program is still being developed, and specific guidelines and applications will be announced in May on the websites and social media channels of DANA, the DCF and PD.
The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, recently awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community by May 30.
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. Final decisions are made by the COVID-19 Grants Council, largely made up of representatives from major contributors to the fund.
The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants.
The fund includes donations from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Crestlea Foundation ($100,000), Fund for Women ($100,000), Highmark ($100,000), Laffey-McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), DuPont ($75,000), JP Morgan Chase ($30,000), Bank of America ($25,000), TD Bank ($25,000), WSFS Bank ($25,000) and others.
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, 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.