From literacy to meals for seniors, Delaware nonprofits awarded $2.3 million from COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund

The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund has awarded, more than $2 million to nonprofits including $10,775 to the Delaware Art Museum for educational art kits for underserved children in Wilmington.

Nearly 100 nonprofits have been awarded $2.3 million in funding from the Delaware COVID Strategic Response Fund to keep seniors fed, to keep children engaged with virtual programming, and for things like emergency housing assistance and PPE for caretakers.

The Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) now sits at about $4 million, including an initial $1 million contribution from the Longwood Foundation, an additional $500,000 match from Longwood, as well as other corporative and individual pledges received through May 31st.

Today DCF announced that the Longwood has just proposed a second $500,000 challenge grant for funds they can raise through the end of August.

The Fund issues grants weekly to a dozen or more organizations. In their most recent cycle of grants, the Fund awarded $260,592 to 19 nonprofit organizations. (See below.)

The bulk of the money has gone to food, housing and healthcare. “When we saw the needs in the applications we realized that the bulk of the money had to go to critical services and particularly mental healthcare have been overwhelmed,” said Allison Levine, a spokesperson with the Delaware Community Foundation.

 

As immediate concerns were addressed, program administrators were then able to expand donations to other nonprofits desperate for an infusion to sustain remote programming.  

“Once we got several weeks into the program, we were able to address other quality of life issues such the arts, education and children’s needs,” said Levine.

Delaware Children’s Museum ($25k), the Delaware Museum of Natural History ($10K), Delaware Shakespeare Festival ($7.5K), Delaware Theatre Company ($10k) and the Delaware Contemporary ($10k), for example, all received funding in the sixth and seventh round of grants.

 

Levine says “the asks are incredibly detailed.” Organizations are asking for very specific needs, such as $300 for cleaning supplies; $185 for a Chrome book to be able to communicate with victims of sexual assault; $15 per educational art kit being delivered to underserved children by the Delaware Art Museum. 

Here is a breakdown of the $2.3M in funding:

Funding Targets
38% Food & Supplies 
24% Housing
14% Mental Health
13% Health Services
5% Case Management
3% Education
3% Community Outreach
1% Arts and Humanities

The latest round of grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

  • Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children – $22,000 for virtual training to protect Delaware children and keep them safe from abuse.
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA – $10,000 to provide veterinary care for pets of families in need in Kent County.
  • Choir School of Delaware – $20,000 for summer camp programming in Wilmington.
  • Code Purple Kent County – $12,000 to provide shelter and food for homeless people in Kent County.
  • Delaware Art Museum – $10,775 to provide educational art kits for children in Wilmington.
  • Delaware College Scholars – $18,000 for technology to support high-achieving public-school students from low-income families statewide.
  • Downtown Visions – $10,000 to provide safety services and trash removal in downtown Wilmington.
  • Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc. – $30,000 for thermal scanners for Delaware locations statewide.
  • EDGE for Tomorrow – $9,000 for technology to provide underserved children in Edgemoor with tutoring and mentoring.
  • Fellowship Health Resources Inc. – $6,500 for technology to provide telehealth services for individuals in recovery in Sussex County.
  • Georgetown Public Library – $16,000 for sanitizing equipment and sneeze guards.
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $10,000 for technology to provide remote services and facilitate social distancing to reopen the ReStore.
  • Harrington Senior Center – $2,500 to help them safely deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
  • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in Greater Wilmington.
  • Laurel Community Foundation, Inc. – $4,000 to provide emergency housing for homeless families in western Sussex County.
  • Literacy Delaware – $15,567 for technology to provide virtual literacy instruction to adults statewide.
  • Ministry of Caring Inc. – $11,000 to make capital improvements to allow for safely relaunching dental services in Wilmington.
  • One Village Alliance, Inc. – $15,000 to provide virtual tutoring, mentoring and support to underserved children in greater Wilmington.
  • Wilmington Children’s Chorus – $13,250 to provide virtual summer programming.

Starting with an initial grant of $1,000,000 from Longwood Foundation, the value Strategic Response Fund has been raised entirely from corporate and foundation donors as well as individuals.

The Fund now sits at about $4 million, including pledges and a matching gift of $500,000 from the Longwood Foundation for pledges received through May 31st. It  

The Delaware Community Foundation has just announced that Longwood has just proposed another matching grant of $500K for funds they can raise through the end of August.


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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.