Community Needs Grants Program Accepting Applications

May 18, 2021 11:10 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

(May 18, by Coastal Point) Delaware nonprofits are being invited to apply for general operating grants of $10,000 from the Community Needs Grants Program at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

The Community Needs Grants Program is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, a partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware. In this round, the program — which has awarded more than $3.6 million in pandemic-related grants — will fund a mix of small and mid-sized organizations serving Delaware communities.

Priority consideration will be given to smaller organizations and those with a board of directors that represents the diversity and demographics of the clients and communities they serve.

Visit to apply. The deadline is 5 p.m., Wed., June 9, with recipients announced in July.

To be eligible:

  • In 2020, the organization must have had an operating budget for the fiscal (or calendar) year of at least $25,000, but not more than $750,000.
  • The organization must be actively providing services.
  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) public charity in good standing with the IRS.
  • A full 100 percent of the requested amount must benefit Delaware communities.

Organizations are not eligible to apply this round if they received a general operating grant in the March 2021 round. Organizations are eligible to apply even if they received funding previously from the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund from March 2020 to September 2020.

Some types of nonprofit organizations are not eligible for this program, including:

  • Sports clubs, leagues or facilities.
  • Public or tuition-based educational institutions.
  • Fundraising entities for programs and organizations that are primarily supported through government funding.
  • Endowments.
  • Religious organizations for their sectarian purposes. (Projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible to apply.)

A partnership of the DCF and 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, 2020, has awarded $3.6 million to more than 150 Delaware nonprofits so far through its Community Needs Grants Program and Vision Grants Program. To contribute, visit

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