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  • September 01, 2021 1:08 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (By Coastal Point - August 31, 2021) The VHA Homeless Program Office will award more than a $1 million grant to the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans Inc., under the Grant & Per Diem program to combat homelessness.

    The Grant & Per Diem (GPD) program provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for veterans experiencing homelessness, with the goal of helping them achieve residential stability, improve access to healthcare, greater community integration and engagement.

    “The Grant & Per Diem program is integral to VA’s continuum of services and resources to help veterans exit homelessness,” said Vince Kane, Wilmington VA Medical Center director. “The newly awarded grant to the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans Inc., advances VA’s commitment to partner with community experts to better address the unique needs and circumstances of individual veterans experiencing homelessness.

    “This is just another way VA is working to end Veteran homelessness,” said Kane. “Earlier this month, we organized a landlord fair with Department of Housing partners to educate local landlords on how to utilize HUD-VASH vouchers to permanently house veterans. The pandemic has really highlighted the need for affordable housing and other supportive services across all segments of our society.”

    GPD funding will support three different types of grants to address the unique needs of veterans who are experiencing homelessness:

    Capital grants provide funding for community organizations through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The funding supports capital improvements to GPD transitional housing facilities. The improvements result in less congregate and more individual unit-style housing, thereby improving personal safety and reducing risks associated with close quarters living for veterans, officials said.

    Case management grants are used to support case-manager positions within community organizations. The positions provide services to help veterans retain housing stability, adequate income support and self-sufficiency.

    Special need grants provide funding for community organizations that incur additional operational costs to help veterans with special needs who are experiencing homelessness, including women, individuals with chronic mental illnesses and veterans who care for minor dependents.

    The GPD program has provided community-based transitional housing and supportive services since 1994. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the U.S. has declined by 50 percent since 2010, resulting from the GPD program and other VA efforts.

    A list of GPD grantees and nonprofit organizations seeking details about the program is online at

  • September 01, 2021 1:03 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (By Cape Gazette, August 31, 2021) Delmarva Power is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. As part of mutual assistance networks, Delmarva Power crews have traveled to Louisiana assist with Hurricane Ida recovery efforts. 

    Delmarva Power is sending crews, equipment and expertise to Louisiana to repair utility infrastructure damage and help restore energy service for customers impacted by Hurricane Ida.

    More than 100 Delmarva Power employees and contractors have headed south as part of mutual assistance networks coordinating recovery efforts.

    “Energy companies from across the country have supported our responses to major storms here, and we are glad to return the favor,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “We are proud of our dedicated employees and contractors who are answering the call for help to support what is expected to be a monumental restoration effort.”

    Delmarva Power has been monitoring Hurricane Ida since it formed to ensure resources could be directed where and when they were needed. The company’s emergency preparedness teams work year-round to coordinate restoration efforts and share best practices to be ready for scenarios like Hurricane Ida. The company continues to track the potential effects of storms in the local region, and Delmarva Power continues to have the necessary resources, including employees and local contractors, to support normal operations and any needed restoration activities for its customers.

    Over the years, Delmarva Power has sent hundreds of crews and support personnel to assist energy companies in the Mid-Atlantic and across the country, as part of regional mutual assistance networks. Just as Delmarva Power provides support, crews from across the U.S. have helped with restoration efforts in this region following severe storms.

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  • September 01, 2021 12:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (Source: BusinessWire September 1, 2021) As Philadelphia grapples with COVID-19 economic recovery, $5 million effort helps more than 300 low- and moderate-income residents with home down payment assistance

    Joyce Bell received home down payment assistance at the Philadelphia NeighborhoodLIFT event in 2016. Today’s expansion of the NeighborhoodLIFT program follows similar initiatives in 2012 and 2016 that created more than 1,000 homeowners in Philadelphia with a combined $16 million provided by Wells Fargo. (Photo: Wells Fargo)

    Joyce Bell received home down payment assistance at the Philadelphia NeighborhoodLIFT event in 2016. Today’s expansion of the NeighborhoodLIFT program follows similar initiatives in 2012 and 2016 that created more than 1,000 homeowners in Philadelphia with a combined $16 million provided by Wells Fargo. (Photo: Wells Fargo)

    August 30, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

    PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sixty-two percent of Philadelphia households spend at least 30% of their income on housing costs. The problem is particularly acute for renters with incomes below $30,000 per year, with 68% of them paying at least 50% of their income toward housing, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

    To address this ongoing issue, vice chairman of Wells Fargo Public Affairs Bill Daley announced the NeighborhoodLIFT® program today in front of the West Philadelphia home of Roy Washington, who received down payment assistance at a previous LIFT initiative in Philadelphia. The $5 million LIFT collaboration is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation to boost homeownership in Philadelphia for low- and moderate-income individuals in collaboration with NeighborWorks® America and its network member Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Greater Berks, Inc. The NeighborhoodLIFT program will offer $15,000 in down payment assistance to approximately 300 eligible homebuyers. NeighborWorks network members New Kensington Community Development Corp. (NKCDC) and HACE are also partners in the program and will provide required homebuyer education.

    “Housing affordability has been an issue for some time in Philadelphia, and the pandemic intensified the fact that too many people are paying a significant portion of their income on rent and mortgages,” said Bill Daley, vice chairman of Wells Fargo Public Affairs. “This initiative will make a positive impact on the lives of families by putting them on a pathway to housing stability, wellness, and wealth accumulation through successful homeownership.”

    LIFT programs have created more than 1,000 Philadelphia homeowners

    Today’s expansion of the NeighborhoodLIFT program is Wells Fargo’s 81st LIFT launch and follows similar Philadelphia initiatives in 2012 and 2016 that created more than 1,000 homeowners with a combined $16 million provided by Wells Fargo. The 2021 expansion of the initiative in Philadelphia includes $250,000 for 500 people to receive home ownership counseling so they can learn how to navigate the home purchasing process and determine how to best budget for ongoing homeownership costs.

    “This important collaboration will assist more than 300 homeowners while maintaining social distancing guidelines via a virtual platform,” said Joanie Straussman Brandon, regional vice president, Northeast Region, NeighborWorks America. “In addition, the required homebuyer education provided by trained professionals will help homebuyers better understand financial commitments of homeownership, from differences in mortgage loans, to property taxes, and more.”

    Roy Washington and his fiancée, Tanya, purchased a home through the LIFT program in Philadelphia in 2013. “The LIFT process was very helpful. They told us what steps we needed to take to buy a house and financial things we needed to put in place,” said Washington. “Now I have peace of mind that I can do what I want. It’s a blessing to have something to call your own. God is good all the time.”

    Eligible homebuyers must earn 80% or less of family median income in Philadelphia, as determined by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. In Philadelphia the income limit is $54,000 for all borrowers. Participating homebuyers can obtain mortgage financing from any participating NeighborhoodLIFT lender, and NHS of Greater Berks, Inc. will determine eligibility and administer the down payment assistance.

    “We are ready to help more Philadelphians bounce back from the pandemic and achieve successful and sustainable homeownership,” said Daniel Sansary, executive director, NHS of Greater Berks, Inc. “NeighborhoodLIFT is a unique program and we are thrilled to have it back in our community for a third time to help people transition to homeownership.”

    Homebuyers can view a list of participating lenders, learn about the steps to apply for down payment assistance, and sign-up for homebuyer education with a HUD-approved provider at Applications for down payment assistance may be submitted beginning Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at 9 a.m. ET.

    Committed to housing affordability

    Since 2012, Wells Fargo has invested $521 million in NeighborhoodLIFT and other LIFT programs to help more than 25,100 Americans become homeowners through the purchase of more than $4.86 billion in real estate on an aggregate basis. While the LIFT program is focused on serving low- and moderate-income families regardless of race or ethnicity, the majority of LIFT homeowners represent Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with 25% of all LIFT down payment assistance recipients self-identifying as Black homeowners and 29% representing Hispanic households.

    These grants are part of Wells Fargo’s housing affordability philanthropic commitment to address community needs in response to COVID-19. Since March of last year, Wells Fargo has provided more than $25 million in grant funding to national nonprofit housing and legal assistance organizations in support of housing counseling, renter stabilization, and eviction avoidance.

    About NeighborWorks America and its network members

    Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, NKCDC, and HACE are chartered members of NeighborWorks America, a national organization that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities. NeighborWorks America supports a network of nearly 250 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Visit,,, or to learn more.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is the leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 37 on Fortune’s 2021 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories. Additional information may be found at | Twitter: @WellsFargo.

    News Release Category: WF-PESG – Philanthropy & ESG


    Stephanie Grant, 760-317-6505

  • September 01, 2021 12:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (By Delaware Business Now -August 31, 2021) Delaware State University is a Philanthropy Delaware Member - Delaware State University announced a second round of funds available for debt relief for more than 1,100 qualified students. The availability of $2.9 million was made possible by the federal CARES Act and can be used for a range of hardships caused by Covid-19, including tuition and housing expenses since the pandemic began in spring 2020.

    Students who are Pell Grant eligible will receive $2,500; students who are not Pell eligible will receive $1,000. Pell Grants are awarded to students with “exceptional financial need.” Nearly half of Delaware State University students meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

    “What we most want students and their parents to understand about this round of funding is the significance of this opportunity,” said Antonio Boyle, vice president for strategic enrollment management. “This funding allows students to work through a range of needs related to their education, the most significant of which is the ability to wipe out several thousand dollars in debt at one keystroke.”

    This round of debt relief is not a one-time event, President Tony Allen emphasized. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve recognized our responsibility to make it possible for our students to keep moving toward graduation despite the tuition costs, housing, food, and tech insecurities that Covid-19 put in their way. With the constant advocacy of our Congressional delegation, the strong support of our corporate partners, and the unprecedented outpouring of giving from our alumni, we’ve been able to keep pace with their needs.”

    Between March-June 2020, the university raised over $1.6 million in private funding for a university- sponsored Student Emergency Relief Fund. That fund provided instant support for students faced with an unanticipated move off campus. The university distributed over $200,000 worth of laptops, tablets, and portable WiFi devices to students with device and connectivity needs while working from home during the same period.

    The university provided an additional $3.3 million in direct financial support to students throughout 2020. And in May 2021, Delaware State University became the first Historically Black College or University in the nation to make $735,000 available to clear the debts of 225 graduating seniors. This action sparked a nationwide round of HBCU debt cancellation, reaching tens of thousands of students at more than 20 other institutions.

    A recent Brookings Institution study revealed that not only is student debt the primary cause of Black students not finishing college but that those debts are also “delaying or even preventing Black Americans from building wealth.”

    Anas Ben Addi, the university’s Chief Financial Officer, pointed out that “Bridging the gap of a few thousand dollars, or sometimes as little as a few hundred, can be decisive in terms of keeping these young people in school and on track to graduate. Finding ways to do that is integral to the HBCU mission of enhancing social mobility.”

    In total, the university has invested nearly $8.5 million in supporting students through the pandemic. “We aren’t finished yet,” Allen said. “As we continue to be supported by the administration and Congress, we will revisit the debt needs of our students, and we will be emphasizing to them and their families that managing these debts is critical to their ultimate success in achieving their dreams.”

  • August 17, 2021 10:00 AM | Tynetta Brown (Administrator)

    Through the Philanthropy Delaware - Large Campaigns, nonprofits have the opportunity is the opportunity for grant seekers to present their proposal and receive constructive feedback from a variety of funders. This panel of a wide variety of funders also provides the opportunity for grant seekers to connect with funders, some of which they may not have otherwise thought to approach. $3 to $5 million level that might be of interest to our Member funders.

    The Kennett Library and Resource Center is an example of an effort that went before the Panel earlier this year in February 2021. The presented their project to build a space for the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and Delaware to offer enhanced library programs, resources and a variety of services.  Note below Philanthropy in Action! The Philanthropy Delaware team witnessed last week the Kennett Library and Resource Center ceremonial groundbreaking. Learn more about the Kennett Library and Resource Center's project by viewing this short video

    May be an image of 4 people, people standing, tree and outdoorsPicture: Philanthropy Delaware, August 12, 2021 at Kennett Library and Resource Center in Kennett Square, PA.

  • July 21, 2021 10:42 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 19, 2021 by Christiana Care Press ReleaseIn collaboration with United Way of Delaware and ChristianaCare, Delaware 211 is now part of Unite Delaware, to offer Delawareans a more robust suite of community-based social service providers statewide.

    Through Unite Delaware, once a care provider identifies a person’s social service needs, the care provider sends a secure electronic referral to the most appropriate social service provider in the Unite Delaware network. In addition, once a referral is accepted on the Unite Delaware platform, partners involved in that person’s care will be informed about whether an individual received the services, and what happened as a result. More than 140 community-based organizations are currently registered on the Unite Delaware platform.

    With today’s announcement and the addition of Delaware 211 as a Unite Delaware partner, if a person’s needs cannot be met by one of Unite Delaware’s existing partners, the care provider can now refer the person’s needs directly to Delaware 211. A Delaware 211 resource specialist will then connect that person to the appropriate local social service provider. Delaware 211, a United Way of Delaware service, provides free, confidential direct referrals to a wide range of social service providers statewide. In addition to referrals for such services as food, clothing, shelter, and more, Delaware 211 can connect Delawareans in need with Help Me Grow Delaware, which links new parents to a wide range of childcare solutions, and $tand By Me®, which connects Delawareans with free financial coaching services.

    “Delaware 211 is a staple across the entire state for connecting people who have social needs with a wide range of social service providers,” said Erin Booker, vice president of behavioral health and social care integration at ChristianaCare. “This partnership allows us to support our neighbors in a more robust way as we now connect even more community organizations statewide through this innovative platform that helps to ensure people's needs are met.”

    "United Way of Delaware, which provides the Delaware 211 service, appreciates the partnership with ChristianaCare to provide access to an expanded list of community-based service providers,” said Dan Cruce, chief operating officer, United Way of Delaware. “With Delaware 211 partnering with the Unite Delaware initiative, we can connect more Delawareans to the care and social service resources they need. As well, through a data-driven approach that is a vital part of this partnership, we will collaborate with ChristianaCare to better address the social determinants of health through advocacy, innovation and collaboration.”

    ChristianaCare partnered with Unite Us to launch Unite Delaware in 2019 as a way to connect health and social care providers in a collaborative ecosystem. Since its launch, nearly 500 Delawareans have been connected to critical social services for over 1,400 identified needs. (Editor’s Note: despite the similarity in names, “Unite Delaware” and “Unite Us” are not part of United Way of Delaware.)

    Unite Delaware Virtual Community Chat
    Wednesday, July 21st, 1 p.m.
    Members of organizations that provide social-care services and other interested members of the community are invited to join Unite Delaware partners to learn more about the platform and implementing the system into your own workflow.
    Click here to register.

    About ChristianaCare
    Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,299 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

    ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 5th best health system to work for in the United States and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

    About United Way of Delaware
    United Way of Delaware (UWDE) works to advance the common good by focusing on three strategic deliverables: Grade-Level Reading, College and Career Success, and Financial Empowerment. UWDE is engaged in a long-term strategy to eliminate the root causes of the most pressing social problems in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. UWDE is also responsible for the United Way brand in Salem County, New Jersey, where its activities are guided by the Salem County Advisory Committee of the UWDE Board of Directors. For more information or to support UWDE, visit, follow United Way of Delaware on Facebook at, Twitter @UnitedWayDE, or call (302) 573-3717.

    About Delaware 211
    Delaware 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects Delawareans with health and human service organizations that provide direct support including food, clothing, and housing, and will work with Delawareans in need to identify alternatives for dealing with a wide range of situations, from unemployment, child care, and transportation to assistance during natural disasters. Delawareans in need may dial 2-1-1 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., or 1-800-560-3372, or may text their zip code to 898-211.

  • July 20, 2021 4:18 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 20, 2021 by  Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Press Release) *Rodel is a Philanthropy Delaware Member*  To educate Delaware's business community on the economic importance of the child care sector, the Philadelphia Fed is bringing together public and private stakeholders for the launch of a Research in Action Lab.

    Contact: Daneil Mazone, Senior Manager, Media Relations, 215-574-7163

    Philadelphia, PA — The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia partnered with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Rodel, and the Delaware Department of Education to launch a Research in Action Lab to educate the business community in Delaware on the economic importance of the child care sector.

    Research in Action Labs bring together public and private stakeholders to identify practical solutions to problems facing their communities and build upon existing efforts. Public-private partnerships like the Delaware Research in Action Lab help build an inclusive and equitable workforce recovery by removing barriers to employment, such as access to child care.

    “COVID-19 has underscored the importance of affordable, quality care where it is most needed,” said Ashley Putnam, director of the Economic Growth & Mobility Project at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. “There needs to be a shift in thinking about child care as a valuable and integral component of a strong economy, and we hope to equip stakeholders in Delaware with data and resources to meet the child care needs of their workforce.”

    According to a new brief by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, child care providers have been at high risk of closure throughout the pandemic, threatening the permanent loss of nearly 4.5 million child care slots across the United States and 58 percent of Delaware’s child care supply. Integrating child care into the workforce system may be especially impactful for Delaware’s economy, given that a majority of Delaware’s children live in households with working parents.

    For more information about the Philadelphia Fed’s Research in Action Labs, please visit here.

    About the Delaware Child Care Mapping Tool

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has also partnered with PolicyMap, a data and mapping tool service, to create an interactive online mapping tool that identifies licensed child care facilities across the state of Delaware. The tool provides policymakers, nonprofits, child care providers, and local businesses with data to better understand the child care landscape in their communities. This information can help stakeholders advocate for investments in child care and consider opportunities to provide workers with quality child care options.

    Stakeholders can use the tool to identify licensed child care facilities in Delaware by location, census tract, school district, metro area, and more. The mapping tool also provides data about the area near the facilities, including the predominant racial or ethnic groups; education, income, and poverty level; transportation; unemployment rates; and COVID-19 cases and deaths.

    For more information about the child care mapping tool, please visit here.

    About the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

    The Research in Action Labs are created by the Economic Growth & Mobility Project, a strategic initiative of the Philadelphia Fed that works to advance entrepreneurial solutions to inclusive economic growth and create pathways out of poverty in communities across the Third District and our nation.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises state member banks, bank holding companies, and savings and loan holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia serves eastern and central Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

    Click here to learn more.

  • July 20, 2021 8:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (June 23, 2021 by Delaware) *Wilmington Alliance is a Philanthropy Delaware Member*  After awarding $150,000 in microgrants through its first two phases, the fund backed by Cornerstone West CDC and Wilmington Alliance is offering new ways to support local small biz.

    Wilmington Strong.

    Wilmington Strong Fund, established in May 2020 by Cornerstone West CDC and Wilmington Alliance, so far has provided 150 small business owners in the city with $1,000 microgrants over two phases. That funding has helped with rent, utility and supplier bills during pandemic-prompted business restrictions.

    Now, the fund is relaunching with a third phase that offers resources and additional funding for business improvements and renovations.

    In this phase, the Wilmington Strong Fund will implement these programmatic efforts, as described by the org:

    • $1,000 emergency grants will continue to be given to first-time applicants
    • In partnership with Wilmington Alliance’s shop local campaign, WilmingtonMADE, all awardees are eligible to receive free marketing photography and other advertising resources
    • Awardees from Phase I and II are eligible for up to $5,000 for storefront improvements
    • Awardees from Phase I and II are eligible for up to $5,000 for interior repairs and equipment upgrades
    • Awardees will receive priority status in an executive education program for established small business owners
    Apply for a grant 

    Click here for application

    “We are so proud of the success of this important partnership,” said Sarah Lester, CEO of Cornerstone West CDC, in a statement. “Cornerstone West will continue to be a leader in finding pathways to build and strengthen our local economy with projects such as the Wilmington Strong Fund.”

    Of those already awarded, according to the Wilmington Strong Fund Impact Report, 68% were minority business owners, 53% were women-owned businesses and 80% have revenues less than $150,000. Only 28% had received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). And 78% of awardees, in industries including food and beverage, retail, professional services and construction, reported that receiving this grant increased their confidence in their ability to keep their business open.

    Additional supporters of the Wilmington Strong Fund include True Access CapitalBarclays US Consumer Bankthe Delaware Division of Small Business, WIN FactoryLatin American Community CenterComenity Capital Bankthe Mayor’s Office of Economic DevelopmentCinnaireCentral Baptist CDCWilmington Community Advisory Council and Collaborate Northeast.

  • July 19, 2021 3:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 19, 2021 by Delaware Community Foundation) The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund’s Community Needs Grants program at the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $310,000 to 31 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

    These general operating grants, each in the amount of $10,000, will allow organizations to use funds as needed to continue to operate in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Last year the Community Needs Council committed to increase equity by targeting more funds to smaller nonprofits (operating budgets $250K and under) that are led by and serving people of color, who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In this grant round, $70,000 in grants (nearly 25% of the grant dollars overall) were targeted to organizations that fit these criteria.

    Grantees are:

    • Choir School of Delaware
    • Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation
    • Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children
    • Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education
    • EDGE for Tomorrow
    • Embrace Delaware
    • Future Promises Foundation
    • Harrington Senior Center
    • Hope Medical Dental Clinic
    • House of Hope
    • I Am Leadership & Technical Academy
    • Imperial Dynasty Arts Program
    • Inner City Cultural League
    • Junior League of Wilmington
    • Kent County Theater Guild
    • Mispillion Art League
    • Moms House Inc. of Dover
    • Multiplying Good
    • National Coalition of 100 Black Women 
    • Nehemiah Gateway CDC/Tennis Rocks Tutoring and Music Association
    • Paralyzed Veterans of America Colonial Chapter
    • Preston’s March for Energy
    • Project New Start, Inc.
    • Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding
    • Spur Impact Association
    • Strive: How You Lead Matters
    • Supporting Kidds
    • TeenSHARP
    • Waggies by Maggie & Friends
    • Wilmington Senior Center
    • Women and Children Transformation Ministry

    Launched on March 18, 2020, the fund has awarded nearly $4 million to more than 150 Delaware nonprofits thus far. The next round of Community Needs Grants will be announced soon.

    The Community Needs Grants Program is a partnership with Philanthropy Delaware. For more information, visit To see the impact of the fund over the past year, visit

  • July 15, 2021 3:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (July 15, 2021 by Delaware Community FoundationThe Arsht-Cannon Fund (ACF) at the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $554,050 in 2021-22 grants to support 30 nonprofit programs that improve the lives of Latinos – and all Delawareans. 

    With the ACF mission to provide educational opportunities to Hispanic Delawareans, grants were given to support lifelong language and literacy learning ($70,000); pre-K through career/college preparation ($150,000); arts and cultural education ($27,450); health education ($74,600); educational advocacy ($72,000) and community collaborative programs ($160,000).  

    “Despite the multiple challenges and hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delaware’s nonprofits are coming out of the last 18 months with a better understanding of the Latino youth and adults they strive to support and of the strategies needed to extend their reach and ultimate success,” stated Dr. Christine Cannon, Executive Director, ACF.

    First-time ACF Planning Grants were given to 16 nonprofits to develop and pilot strategies that will expand program access to Latino children and families throughout Delaware. These grants support nonprofits focused on integrating culturally and linguistically relevant approaches within their successful education-based programs. Funding supports team planning and, often, the hiring of bilingual staff. The outcomes – the lives of more Latinos are changed forever.

    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Network – $4000 for eight La Colectiva de Delaware programs transitioning during COVID-19
    • Read Aloud Delaware – $25,000 for bilingual Lena Start programs
    • Choir School of Wilmington – $15,000 for the afterschool program
    • Christiana Care’s Gene Editing Institute – $20,000 for Seeds for STEM high school program
    • Delaware College Scholars –$25,000 to recruit Latino students from Kent and Sussex Counties                                                          
    • Delaware Shakespeare – $15,000 for statewide community tours of “A Bilingual Twelfth Night”
    • Supporting KIDDS – $35,000 for its Delaware Latino Community Grief Support pilot expansion to Sussex County
    • Hispanic American Association of Delaware – $17,600 for Amigas Activas y Saludables program in New Castle County
    • ACLU of DE – $6,000 for promotion/availability in English of “Entre Nosotr@s” radio program

    Ongoing and Successful ACF Program Grants (intermittently funded within the last few years) continue to maintain and expand a variety of education-based programs (language, literacy, kindergarten through college readiness, arts, advocacy, and family support and navigation). Funding maintains consistent program quality, growth and impact by supporting bilingual staffing and needed resources. These grants include:

    • Literacy Delaware – $15,500 for its ESL Program and tutor training in southern Delaware
    • Reading Assist Institute – $25,000 for Reading Assist Intervention Program at Las Americas ASPIRA Academy and Sussex Montessori
    • Rodel Foundation of Delaware – $25,000 for Delaware Readiness Teams’ Latino community engagement
    • TeenSHARP – $40,000 for the Striver Program for Latino students in New Castle County
    • The Delaware Contemporary – $6,000 for Building a Creative Future: Creatives 2 Initiative’s Latino arts career scholarship program
    • Rodel Foundation of Delaware – $41,000 for Advancing Education Funding Equity for English Learners program
    • Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now – $25,000 for Juntos Delaware
    • First State Community Action Agency – $71,400 (given in early 2021) to the Sussex County Relief Program
    • La Esperanza Community Center – $65,000 for the Resource Navigation and Family Coaching Program
    • Latino Partnership Grants support critically-important programs that have adapted with the needs and growth of Delaware’s immigrant families over the last 7-10 years. The Arsht-Cannon Fund has consistently supported these partners:
    • Polytech Adult Education – $25,393 for the Family Literacy Program in Kent County
    • National Alliance for Mental Illness – Delaware – $22,000 for the Hispanic Services Initiative
    • Friends of the Milton Public Library, the Dover Public Library and the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center – $6,450 to plan and provide the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
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