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Community reinvestment fund gets half of previous year

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

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The Community Reinvestment Fund received $45 million this year, compared to $90 million last year.
Photo by Joel Muniz, Unsplash

The 2024 fiscal year community reinvestment fund allocates $45 million to 153 different organizations, a big drop from the $90 million allocated for 2023 fiscal year and the $70 million allocated in 2022.

The fund is part of this year’s bond bill and comes from Senate Bill 160, sponsored by Sen. Jack Walsh, D-Stanton, which allocates $1,409,448,938 to address capital improvement projects across the state.

The money in the fund is used for various 501(c)3 organizations and towns across the state to help with capital improvement projects.

Rep. Ronald Gray, R-Bethany Beach, who worked on allocating the money for the fund, said that they initially received $250 million in requests that they had to whittle down to $45 million.

‚ÄúYou can’t do it all. You’re doing not even a quarter of it that was available‚ĶBut overall, I just felt just wonderful,‚ÄĚ Gray said. ‚ÄúI mean, this is my fourth year on the bond committee and one year we started out with 10 and we ended up getting $20 million on this redevelopment fund, and this year it‚Äôs over double what that was. So we’ve been able to do a lot the last three years for a good bit of the 501(c)3s.‚ÄĚ

Legislators work with the Controller General’s office to make sure the money gets distributed properly and to avoid any overlap in funding, so none of the groups get more than they requested.

The reason for the $45 million decrease in funds this year compared to last year, Gray said, is just based on how much money is available and what else the governor and controller general’s office are trying to get funding for.

‚ÄúIt seems to oscillate back and forth between some things that the governor wants to do, the controller general’s office, the governor‚Äôs staff,‚ÄĚ Gray said. ‚ÄúTthey have some projects that they really want to do to fund deferred maintenance on state buildings. It’s a big mix and depending on what’s needed, that Community Redevelopment Fund either gets increased or decreased.‚ÄĚ

Several organizations didn’t get all they wanted, including the Lower Sussex Little League, the Boys and Girls Club and Easterseals, he said.

The Food Bank of Delaware, for example, asked for $5 for the new facility it’s building in Milford. It received $700,000 from the fund and another $3 million from the bond bill.

Last year, the Food Bank of Delaware got $7 million for the new facility.

Gray said the redevelopment fund initially was given around $30 million to work with, but were able to get it up to $45 million. 

‚ÄúWe got it up a little higher, which I think it’s good,‚ÄĚ Gray said. ‚ÄúBut there’s many needs, and it’s jockeying back and forth and trying to get the best for all of Delaware‚ĶGlad to have been a part of it. And I think we did a lot of good things for our towns and our 501(c)3s this year.‚ÄĚ

The money from the fund was allocated to:

  • $541,485 for Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center of Delaware, Inc.¬†
    • For Community Center roof replacements
  • $270,000 for the Brandywine Shad 2020 dba Brandywine River Restoration Trust¬†
    • For the restoration of Brandywine River¬†
  • $500,000 for the Brandywine Valley SPCA¬†
    • For the Copeland Center for Animal Welfare
  • $850,000 for the Brandywiners Limited¬†
    • For the Cool Spring Park Historic District Arts Building Renovation¬†
  • $65,000 for Bridgeville Senior Citizens Center Inc.¬†
    • For upgrades and improvements¬†
  • $82,166 for the Calliope Project Inc.
    • For the Milton Theatre Renaissance Initiative
  • $260,000 for the Camden Wyoming Little League¬†
    • To refurbish the Ballpark at CWLL
  • $300,000 for Camp Rehoboth, Inc.¬†
    • For CAMP Rehoboth – Sound, Safe, and Sustainable
  • $477,380 for the Cape Henlopen Senior Center
    • Building a new Senior Center
  • $19,712 for Catholic Charities¬†
    • Community improvements for the Marydale Retirement Village
  • $200,000 for Chapel Street Players¬†
    • New theater outfitting for Chapel Street Players
  • $550,000 for CHEER, Inc.
    • For CHEER Gateway East support services & administration building
  • $259,040 for Children and Families First Delaware¬†
    • For keeping children and families safe and secure
  • $345,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware, Inc.¬†
    • For the renovation of 615 S. DuPont Highway
  • $1,200,000 for City of Delaware City¬†
    • $250,000 to upgrade the City of Delaware‚Äôs ADA ramp
    • $200,000 for City of Delaware City Street Project
    • $750,000 for City of Delaware City waterfront seawall study and repair¬†
  • $75,000 for the City of Harrington¬†
    • For city hall renovations
  • $520,000 for the City of Milford¬†
    • $120,000 for armory – ADA and restrooms¬†
    • $200,000 for bulkhead – riverwalk¬†
    • $200,000 for the Deep Branch Herring Branch Greenway¬†
  • $765,000 for the City of New Castle¬†
    • For street projects
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Newark¬†
    • For historic preservation, energy efficiencies, community engagement, and safety improvements for Newark facilities
  • $50,000 for the City of Seaford¬†
    • For the Community Security Camera Project
  • $90,000 for the Clarence Fraim Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware¬†
    • For the Clarence Fraim HVAC- Locker Rooms and Fitness Center
  • $70,000 for the Claymont Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware¬†
    • For Claymont exterior doors
  • $200,000 for the Claymont Community Center¬†
    • For the relocation/expansion of the Claymont Food Closet and the addition of a community garden
  • $175,000 for the Claymore Senior Center¬†
    • For the Claymore Project 1
  • $100,000 for Code Purple Kent County
    • For Code Purple Grace Homestead
  • $70,000 for the Colonel David Hall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution¬†
    • For the Maull House Rescue
  • $350,000 for the Community Education Building, Corp.¬†
    • For the Youth Development Center¬†
  • $275,000 for the Community Improvement Project Inc.orporation
    • For the EMS Facility for EMS Personnel
  • $49,900 for the Delaware Academy of Science¬†
    • For the restoration and security of the African American History Trail
  • $814,666 for the Delaware Agricultural Museum Association¬†
    • For the Delaware Agricultural Museum Phase II renovations
  • $24,003 for the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children¬†
    • For the DAEYC Resource Center
  • $400,000 for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays¬†
    • $200,000 for designing a Fisheries & Aquaculture Innovation Center¬†
    • $200,000 for the James Farm Master Plan Implementation: Phase 2 Construction¬†
  • $15,000 for the Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators¬†
    • For wildlife rehabilitation
  • $371,666 for Delaware FC¬†
    • For the Tweeds Infrastructure & Storm Water Retention Project
  • $340,000 for the Delaware Nature Society¬†
    • $190,000 for historic building repairs and master planning for Abbotts Mill Nature Center and Preserve¬†
    • $150,000 for safety and accessibility updates and master planning for the Ashland/Coverdale Education Complex¬†
  • $50,000 for Delaware Public Media¬†
    • For Delaware Public Media infrastructure upgrades
  • $150,000 for the Delaware Regional Dream Center¬†
    • For an expansion to Unit 12
  • $400,000 for Delaware State Fair, Inc.¬†
    • For the multipurpose livestock barn
  • $200,000 for the Delaware Zoological Society¬†
    • Upgrades to existing Brandywine Zoo habitat
  • $150,000 for Dover Little League¬†
    • For indoor batting cages and training facility
  • $125,000 for Downtown Milford, Inc.¬†
    • For the Vinyard Shipyard Preservation Project/Delaware Museum of Maritime Life
  • $421,000 for the Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Inc.¬†
    • $148,000 for Easterseals Vehicle Security and Environmental Impact Initiative¬†
    • $273,000 for the Vehicle Security and Environmental Impact Initiative¬†
  • $200,000 for the Edgemoor Community Center doing business as the Bellevue Community Center¬†
    • For the BCC Building Renovation – Phase III
  • $100,000 for the Elizabeth Murphey School, Inc.¬†
    • For the Transitional Living Program
  • $15,000 for Embrace Delaware, Inc.¬†
    • For Embrace Space
  • $500,000 for the Faithful Friends Animal Society¬†
    • For the Building Compassion Capital Campaign
  • $2,000,000 for the First Community Foundation¬†
    • For the Chemours STEM HUB¬†
  • $500,000 for the First State Animal Center and SPCA¬†
    • For the Kent County Spay and Neuter Community Project¬†
  • $352,288 for the First State Community Action Agency, Inc.¬†
    • For capacity enhancements and office
  • $700,000 for the Food Bank of Delaware, Inc.¬†
    • For Building Hope in Milford
  • $1,000,000 for the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering, Inc.¬†
    • For the the Learning Lab
  • $109,000 for the Friends of Auburn Heights¬†
    • For the Marshall Brothers Mill Roof Repair and Restoration Planning in Yorklyn, Delaware
  • $5,900 for the Friends of Pigeon Run Cemetery, Inc.orporated¬†
    • For tree removal
  • $7,256 for the Friends of the African Union Church Cemetery, Inc.¬†
    • For the African Union Church Cemetery Property Updates
  • $78,000 for the Friends of Wilmington Parks¬†
    • For the Rockford Park Concert Stage
  • $135,000 for Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, Inc.¬†
    • For the the Onward and Upward Project
  • $310,000 for the Greater Hockessin Area Development Association
    • $90,000 for the Dennison Ridge Pond Algae Control¬†
    • $30,000 for Hockessin 4th of July Event Infrastructure¬†
    • $40,000 for Hockessin Community Tables and Benches¬†
    • $150,000 for Limestone Hill Tree maintenance¬†
  • $50,000 for the Greater Milford Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
    • For the Milford Pool HVAC: dehumidification system
  • $513,000 for the Greater Newark Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware¬†
    • $500,000 for the Newark parking lot¬†
    • $13,000 for the Newark Teen Center¬†
  • $401,666 for Green Beret Project, Inc.¬†
    • Green Beret Project, Manchester Square Operations in Dover $100,000
    • Green Beret Project, Sussex County Operations $201,666
    • Sussex County Project $100,000
  • Greenbank Mill Associates, Inc. $250,000
    • For the revitalization of the Historic 19th Century Philips Barn & Water system
  • $438,100 for the H. F. Brown, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware¬†
    • $338,100 for the entryway sidewalk and mechanical room roof
    • $100,000 for fencing¬†
  • $300,000 for Harrington Parks and Recreation¬†
    • For additional improvements to former National Guard Building
  • $466,666 for the Harrington Public Library¬†
    • For the the construction of the Harrington Public Library
  • $43,647 for the Harvest Years Senior Center¬†
    • For equipment replacement
  • $1,000,000 For the HOPE Commission¬†
    • For Hope for the City
  • $225,000 for Howard J. Weston Community & Senior Center, Inc.
    • For Weston Restoration – Part 2
  • $500,000 for the Humane Animal Partners¬†
    • For statewide HAP Capital Projects
  • $500,000 for I Am My Sister’s Keeper¬†
    • For the My Sister’s Keeper Community Center
  • $200,000 for Indian River Senior Center, Inc.¬†
    • For the IRSC Improvement Project
  • $243,400 for the Jewish Federation of Delaware¬†
    • For Structural Repair and HVAC Replacement Project
  • $249,000 for Kent-Sussex Industries Inc.¬†
    • For the Kamp Lenape Revitalization
  • $65,891 for the Kristol Center for Jewish Life¬†
    • For the Kristol Center Phase I Capital Expansion
  • $200,100 for Laurel Historical Society, Inc.
    • For the the Hitchens Homestead Restoration Project
  • $229,167 for the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation¬†
    • For the redevelopment of CUMC Church parcel
  • $8,200 for Laurel Saddle Friends¬†
    • $5,000 for Bleachers @ Laurel Saddle Friends
    • ¬†$3,200 for wheelchair accessible portable toilet, ADA compliant
  • $100,000 Laurel Senior Center Inc.¬†
    • For a roof replacement on Historic Building
  • $16,080 for Lillian Smith lcc
    • For upgrades to serve the community better
  • $250,000 for Little Sisters of the Poor¬†
    • For the Share the Care Restoration Capitol Project Part 2
  • $570,000 for the Love-in-Deed Community Development Corporation¬†
    • $500,000 for the Newport Love-In-Deed CDC Property Acquisition & Renovations¬†
    • $70,000 for Love-In-Deed CDC security upgrades, Lot & Green Space Revitalization¬†
  • $425,000 for Lower Sussex Little League¬†
    • $125,000 for Lower Sussex Little League Site Improvements¬†
    • $300,000 for sewerage to Lower Sussex Little League/Pyle Center¬†
  • $50,000 for Lutheran Community Services, Inc.¬†
    • For the LCS Community Food Hub
  • $139,500 for the M.O.T. Senior Center¬†
    • For roof repairs
  • $500,000 for Mary Campbell Center, Inc.¬†
    • For Hydrotherapy Program renovations and enhancements
  • $600,810 for Mid-County Center, Inc.¬†
    • For Mid-County Center Facility Renovations
  • $200,000 for the Milford District Free Public Library¬†
    • For upgrading and refurbishing the Milford Public Library
  • $75,000 for the Milford Historical Society¬†
    • For Parson Thorne Mansion repairs and renovations
  • $125,000 for the Milford Little League¬†
    • For facilities improvements
  • $250,000 for Milford Museum and Landmarks Commission, Inc.¬†
    • For multi-purpose meeting room and collections storage addition to the Milford Museum
  • $100,000 for Milford Senior Center, Inc.¬†
    • For capital improvements and restoration
  • $100,000 for Millsboro Housing for Progress, Inc.¬†
    • For Millsboro Landing L.P.
  • $225,000 for Millsboro Little League, Inc.¬†
    • For field lighting replacement & upgrades
  • $502,242 for Modern Maturity Center, Inc.¬†
    • For infrastructure repairs
  • $135,000 for Monday Club Inc.¬†
    • For the 2023 Monday Club Capital Projects¬†
  • $285,000 for More Than Fitness¬†
    • $85,000 for the More Than Fitness Gym Light Remodel¬†
    • $200,000 for the More Than Fitness Pole Barn¬†
  • $238,000 for Naamans Little League¬†
    • For the Naamans Little League sustainability efforts
  • $50,000 for the Nanticoke Heritage Byway¬†
    • For the Nanticoke Heritage Byway
  • $300,000 for Nanticoke Indian Association Inc.¬†
    • For the the Nanticoke Indian Cultural Community Center
  • $228,240 for the Nanticoke Little League¬†
    • For park revitalization
  • $199,999 for the Nanticoke Senior Center¬†
    • For deck replacement
  • $90,000 for the New Castle Conservation District¬†
    • For the Safety and Security Initiative
  • $100,000 for New Castle County¬†
    • $50,000 for Sheridan Square Park Improvements¬†
    • $50,000 for Sherwood Park¬†
  • $150,000 for the New Castle Little League¬†
    • For repairs and updates to baseball and softball fields
  • $150,000 for Newark American Little League, Inc.¬†
    • For Newark American Little League facilities, Primary Project, Hoeflinger Field Revitalization, Brookside Community
  • $150,000 for Newark National Little League¬†
    • For Capital Improvement Project
  • $75,000 for the Newark Senior Center¬†
    • For the Newark Senior Center expansion
  • $10,000 for the Newport Skatepark LLC¬†
    • For the Newport Skatepark Renewal Project
  • $90,000 for the Ocean View Historical Society¬†
    • $10,000 for the Hall’s Store Visitor’s and Education Center Flooring¬†
    • $5,000 for the Landscape Capital Project – Stone Raised Planting Bed Design and Installation¬†
    • $65,000 for the Tunnell-West House Preservation Project
    • $10,000 for a website overhaul/redesign¬†
  • $31,000 for Our Daily Bread Dining Room of MOT¬†
    • For generator purchase and installation¬†
  • $100,000 for the People’s Community Center¬†
    • For the renovation of Downtown Historic Building for Use as a Community Center
  • $350,000 for the Pike Creek Little League¬†
    • For capital improvements to multiple complexes
  • $1,139,497 for the Police Athletic League of Delaware – Hockessin¬†
    • For Hockessin PAL renovations
  • $820,143 for Police Athletic League of Delaware Inc. – Garfield Park¬†
    • For Garfield Park PAL building renovations
  • $22,500 for Read Aloud Delaware¬†
    • For Tonieboxes for Delaware
  • $138,519 for the Saint Patrick’s Center¬†
    • For building repairs and capital equipment
  • $165,000 for the Seaford Historical Society¬†
    • $25,000 for the Governor Ross Mansion Formal Garden¬†
    • $80,000 for the Governor Ross Mansion Wallpaper¬†
    • $60,000 for the Ross Mansion Restoration Planning¬†
  • $200,000 for the Skating Club of Wilmington¬†
    • For protective flooring
  • $100,000 for Stanton-Newport Little League Inc.¬†
    • For lighting and capital improvements
  • $250,000 for Survivors of Abuse in Recovery¬†
    • For the Survivors of Abuse in Recovery Revitalization Project
  • $60,000 for the Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services¬†
    • For Homeless Shelter crawl space/subflooring remediation
  • $75,000 for the Sussex Conservation District¬†
    • For the Manchester Manor Drainage and Paving Rehab Project
  • $158,000 for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity¬†
    • $58,000 for the Kimmeytown Revitalization Project¬†
    • $100,000 for the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Construction Warehouse Project¬†
  • $625,000 for the Sussex County Land Trust¬†
    • $225,000 for Cannon-Maston House¬†
    • $400,000 for the Hopkins Preserve¬†
  • $93,350 for Taylors Bridge Community Center, Inc.¬†
    • For Taylor’s Bridge Community Center, Inc. Facility and Community Services Enhancements for Rural Southern New Castle County, Delaware
  • $500,000 for the Todmorden East Foundation, a subsidiary of the Todmorden Foundation¬†
    • For the Bennett Street Affordable Housing & Park Project
  • $225,000 for the Town of Bethany Beach¬†
    • For dredging of the Bethany Beach Loop Canal
  • $200,000 for the Town of Blades¬†
    • For Hardin Hall
  • $88,054 for the Town of Blades/Blades Police Department¬†
    • For the renovation of Blades Police Department and Town Hall
  • $56,083 for the Town of Bowers¬†
    • For Bowers Beach Maritime Museum repairs, HVAC system upgrade, and restroom facilities upgrade
  • $45,000 for the Town of Bridgeville¬†
    • For safety concrete planters, bollards and lighting at Town Hall
  • $150,000 for the Town of Camden¬†
    • For capital projects
  • $500,000 for the Town of Cheswold¬†
    • For municipal services building
  • $230,000 for the Town of Dagsboro¬†
    • For new construction & demolition of Dagsboro Police Department, Construction of Meeting Facility, Refurbish Town Hall
  • $259,600 for the Town of Delmar¬†
    • $9,600 for AEDs¬†
    • $15,000 for the Delmar Public Library¬†
    • $55,000 for funds to establish a marketplace in its library¬†
    • $100,000 for police department vehicles¬†
    • $15,000 for sidewalk repairs¬†
    • $15,000 Site Pad-Public Works¬†
    • $50,000 for State Street Park Restrooms¬†
  • $50,000 for the Town of Delmar-Delmar Historical and Arts Society¬†
    • For conversion of old doctor office into a railroad museum
  • $270,000 for the Town of Ellendale¬†
    • $35,000 for the Dog Park and Feral Cat Program¬†
    • $75,000 for Generator (mobile 75KW)¬†
    • $60,000 for High Efficiency Condensing Gas Boiler, with gas line and breaker upgrade¬†
    • $100,000 for security camera(s)¬†
  • $130,000 for the Town of Elsmere
    • For Town Of Elsmere Parks renovations and Town Hall parking improvements
  • $300,000 for the Town of Fenwick Island
    • To dredge two boating channels in Little Assawoman Bay
  • $370,000 for the Town of Georgetown
    • $300,000 for Kimmey Street/Pepper Street¬†
    • $70,000 for a new Police – Public Works Facility¬†
  • $98,396 for the Town of Greenwood¬†
    • $2,390 for damaged window replacement¬†
    • $41,523 for Greenwood PD vehicle¬†
    • $16,500 for public works mower¬†
    • $27,824 for sidewalk project to playground¬†
    • $3,289 for a solar speed sign¬†
    • $6,870 for a walkway over at rear of town hall¬†
  • $274,200 for the Town of Laurel¬†
    • $219,200 for sewer main lining and town wide smoke testing¬†
    • $55,000 for town wide smoke testing¬†
  • $93,000 for the Town of Newport¬†
    • For 2023 infrastructure enhancements
  • $89,950 for the Town of Ocean View¬†
    • For open space acquisition
  • $32,000 for the Town of Odessa¬†
    • For town hall repairs
  • $270,000 for the Town of Selbyville¬†
    • For police department secure area
  • $150,000 for the Town of Wyoming¬†
    • For paving, painting, enhanced lighting, and building rehabilitation
  • $65,000 for Trap Pond Partners, Inc.¬†
    • For Headquarters exterior, shed, and front porch improvements
  • $3,200,000 for United Way of Delaware¬†
    • For United Way of Delaware capital upgrades
  • $276,538 for Veterans Watchmakers Initiative, Inc.¬†
    • For purchasing, building, & improving property at 307 North 6th Street, Odessa
  • $40,000 for Waggies by Maggie & Friends¬†
    • For commercial kitchen exhaust and equipment upgrade
  • $150,000 for Way Home¬†
    • For saving reentry housing
  • $487,000 for Western Sussex Club, Boys & Girls Club of Delaware¬†
    • $121,000 for the Seaford Gym Floor¬†
    • $45,000 for the Seaford Pole Shed¬†
    • $271,000 for the Seaford Pool Deck¬†
    • $50,000 for the Western Sussex Playground¬†
  • $500,000 for the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank Corporation¬†
    • For the Lower Hilltop Affordable Housing Initiative Phase II
  • $25,000 for Wilmington Senior Center, Inc.¬†
    • For safety improvements to Benefit Older Wilmingtonians

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