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  • April 24, 2020 4:01 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Bill would multiply the number of Americans who can serve each year through AmeriCorps, increase compensation to make it possible for all to serve.

    Click Here for full Press Release


  • April 24, 2020 3:00 PM | Melissa Micek (Administrator)

    In its fourth round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $255,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

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

    • A Wave of Healthy Meals – $2,000 to provide meals for medically fragile individuals in Sussex County.
    • Choir School of Delaware – $17,500 to provide virtual afterschool tutoring to students in Wilmington.
    • Children & Families First – $20,000 for technology to continue providing telehealth and state-mandated monitoring.
    • ContactLifeline – $7,000 to increase staffing meet increasing demand for the statewide crisis intervention hotline.
    • Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition – $15,000 to support social platforms and communications tools to provide survivors with mental health services.
    • Delaware Center for Justice – $25,000 to serve individuals statewide re-entering the community after incarceration.
    • Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge Home of Hope – $25,000 to provide housing and services for individuals recovering from addiction in Sussex County.       
    • Frederica Senior Center – $10,500 to purchase food and personal hygiene items for seniors and veterans in Kent and Sussex County.
    • Friendship House – $30,000 to provide housing for homeless individuals in New Castle County.
    • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide emergency support for low-income immigrant families in Wilmington.
    • St. Patrick’s Center – $20,000 to set up outdoor distribution of food and hygiene kits for vulnerable populations in Wilmington.
    • What is Your Voice – $8,000 for technology to serve victims of violence in Sussex County.
    • YMCA of Delaware – $50,000 for food for the community statewide and the residents of the Central Y.

    In this fourth round, 58 applicants requested a total of $1.9 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    To date, the fund has awarded $1.2 to 49 Delaware nonprofits. Additional grants will be awarded next week.

    The goal is for the fund, which launched March 18, to provide grants for several more weeks, said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the fund’s decision-making council.

    The council is actively raising money to be able to respond to community needs, Comstock-Gay said.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” Comstock-Gay said. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    Double the Impact of Your Gift

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, last week awarded a $500,000 grant, with the stipulation that the DCF must raise a matching $500,000 from the community.

    To make a gift that qualifies for the match, give at delcf.org/covid19-fund or contact Joan Hoge-North, jhoge-north@delcf.org.

    About the Fund

    Grants from the Strategic Response Fund will initially focus on urgent needs related to COVID-19, then expand over time to more structural and long-term needs. Target applicants are nonprofit organizations with deep roots in the community and a strong track record of serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from the crisis.

    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:

    Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO, DCF
    Sheila Bravo, president, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), ex officio
    Vernita Dorsey, WSFS
    There du Pont, president, Longwood Foundation
    Alan Levin, SoDel Concepts
    Leslie Newman, retired CEO, Children & Families First
    Enid Wallace-Simms, Delmarva Power

    Applications are being accepted weekly on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded weekly for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19. Each week, applications received by noon on Monday will be reviewed, grantees will be selected Friday morning, and funds will be transferred Friday afternoon.

    The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, April 27, at noon.

    The fund, which is being directed by Philanthropy Delaware President Cynthia Pritchard, already includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation ($1.5 million), Welfare Foundation ($200,000), Fund for Women ($200,000), Laffey McHugh ($100,000), Discover ($75,000), DCF ($75,000), 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.


  • April 24, 2020 8:31 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Delaware Nonprofits Can Access Paycheck Protection Program Loan through NDC & Stepping Stones. Click here to see full Press Release.

     

    This opportunity is made possible through the generous underwriting of Philanthropy Delaware Members:  Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and with support from Discover Bank, the National Development Council (NDC) & Stepping Stones, both CFDIs are invested in the local Delaware community.


    Who can apply?  Any Delaware 501c3 or 501c19 which is eligible to apply for the SBA PPP loan and has not yet received confirmation that it was approved by another financial institution.  Note, the SBA will only offer one loan per organization.  Because this funding is set aside for Delaware nonprofits, there is a smaller waiting list to the SBA.  We do encourage nonprofits that if they find out they received an SBA approval through another lending institution, they notify NDC (and vice versa). Additionally, nonprofits are encouraged to apply to NDC, but also to continue to seek PPP funding at their banking institution.

    With the assumption that the legislation passes and President Trump signs it into law,

    NDC will open the loan application portal at 9AM today - Friday, April 24.

     

     

    Apply Here

     

     

     

     

    Applications will not be processed unless they are completed correctly with all necessary signatures and documentation.

     

    How-To Video On Completing the App:

     

    NDC strongly recommends having watched their webinar on how to complete the loan documentation PRIOR to submitting an application to ensure the strongest likelihood that it will be accepted. 

     

     

    Watch Webinar Here

     

     

    Have These Docs Ready:

     

    • 2019 business tax form - if this is not yet available, a 2018 business tax form is acceptable
    • Your nonprofit’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws
    •  Proof of documentation used to verify payroll as shown in the employee calculator – this can include payroll ledgers, quarterly IRS form 941’s, W-2s, or a combination
    • Copy of the Driver’s License of the Executive Director/CEO or whomever signs the loan application
    • Statement of Need (one paragraph or less) – must detail how the COVID-19 crisis negatively impacted the financial health of the organization

     

    Resources You Need for the Application:

     


    PPP Employee Wage Calculator


    SBA Form

     

     

    STILL NEED HELP WITH THE LOAN APPLICATION?

     

     


    Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement | GrantStationDANA is offering Delaware nonprofits one-on-one assistance from volunteers who will walk you through the completion of this loan application. Click below to request assistance.

     

     

    Request Assistance

     

     

    About NDC    https://ndconline.org/

    NDC’s work focuses on HOMES, JOBS and COMMUNITY. Founded as a national nonprofit in 1969, NDC has worked for fifty years fulfilling its mission to increase the flow of capital for investment in low-income communities. NDC directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.


    About Stepping Stones  https://www.sscreditunion.org/

    Since 2011, Stepping Stones has been the lead financial institution dedicated to serving the limited income communities of Wilmington. Our purpose is to deliver safe and reliable access to money, credit, and other financial services without the high cost associated with typical check cashing services.


  • April 22, 2020 9:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (Article by Tony Gorman from Delaware Public Media)  Delaware nonprofits that recently missed out on federal COVID-19 relief are getting a second shot.  The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement said most fell down the application pecking order during the first round of SBA Paycheck Protection program funding.

    DANA CEO Shelia Bravo said the National Development Council is providing assistance in preparation for the second phase.

    “We wanted to get the news out in advance so that nonprofits can really make sure they have all paperwork together. My understanding is that that was some of the challenge last time. That’s what really slowed things down for their applications," Bravo said. "So, if they’re cued up and they’ve got everything ready, then when the applications are available to apply through NDC, they will be ready to go.”

    Bravo said many organizations ran into problems applying during the first round of funding.

    “I’m hopeful that the banks have a lot of applications ready. I’m sure. So, they will also be submitting them. So, we do encourage if your applications will be submitted with a bank and you’re understanding that you’re really far down on the waitlist, sort of speak, that you can also apply through NDC,” Bravo said.

    The Paycheck Protection Program will relaunch once Congress finishes approving another $310 billion in funding. That includes $60 billion earmarked for small lenders and community-based financial institutions to assist underserved small businesses and nonprofits.

    PPP loans have been popular among small businesses during the pandemic. They can turn into grants if properly used. The program’s initial $349 billion dried up last week. SBA reported just over 5,000 loans and counting were approved in Delaware totaling a little more than a billion dollars before that happened.

    First State nonprofits are expected to receive $12 million in round two. Those needing assistance with an application are encouraged to visit the National Development Council’s website.

    Click here for more information. 

  • April 21, 2020 5:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    When the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relaunches, Delaware nonprofits will have exclusive access to $12 million in funds designated by the National Development Council (NDC), thanks to the generous underwriting of Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and with support from Discover Bank.   UPDATED:   NDC/Stepping Stones Paycheck Protection Program DE Loan App - OPEN Friday, April 24 AT 9AM. Click here for full information.

    As part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, nonprofits provided feedback that they did not receive support from the PPP before the first round of funds were exhausted. Congress will be voting on legislation shortly to provide additional funds for the PPP, and the funding will most likely be consumed as quickly as the first round of congressional allocations.

    Delaware nonprofits will be able to apply for specifically designated funds through the NDC, a Community Development Financial Institution which has worked with Delaware nonprofits and foundations to increase the flow of capital to low-income communities. The NDC is partnering with Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union, a Delaware financial institution dedicated to serving limited income communities in Wilmington, to help Delaware nonprofits access the SBA PPP loan.

    Though the funding is not yet available, nonprofits are encouraged to prepare their applications by watching this detailed webinar (found here) that NDC created. Applications will not be processed unless they are completed correctly with all necessary signatures and documentation. The loan application will be available for nonprofits to apply to NDC beginning at 9 a.m. two (2) days after the legislation passes. The link will be available on DANA’s website.

    Who can apply?  Any Delaware 501c3 which is eligible to apply for the SBA PPP loan and has not yet received confirmation that it was approved by another financial institution.  Note, the SBA will only offer one loan per organization.  Because this funding is set aside for Delaware nonprofits, there is a smaller waiting list to the SBA.  We do encourage nonprofits that if they find out they received an SBA approval through another lending institution, they notify NDC (and vice versa). Additionally, nonprofits are encouraged to apply to NDC, but also to continue to seek PPP funding at their banking institution.

    Need help with your application?  NDC has provided a pre-recorded training webinar (41mins), a wage calculator and the SBA loan application which can be found here: https://delawarenonprofit.org/covid-19-related-funding/

    DANA, the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, is offering support to nonprofits in the form of volunteers who will answer questions and walk nonprofits through filling out loan application. To request volunteer help, click here or visit the DANA website at https://delawarenonprofit.org/covid-19-related-funding/


    About NDC    https://ndconline.org/

    NDC’s work focuses on HOMES, JOBS and COMMUNITY. Founded as a national nonprofit in 1969, NDC has worked for fifty years fulfilling its mission to increase the flow of capital for investment in low-income communities. NDC directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.


    About Stepping Stones  https://www.sscreditunion.org/

    Since 2011, Stepping Stones has been the lead financial institution dedicated to serving the limited income communities of Wilmington. Our purpose is to deliver safe and reliable access to money, credit, and other financial services without the high cost associated with typical check cashing services.


    About DANA: http://www.delawarenonprofit.org
    Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement’s mission is to strengthen, enhance, and advance nonprofits and the sector in Delaware through advocacy, training, capacity building, and research.


  • April 17, 2020 2:30 PM | Cynthia Pritchard (Administrator)

    In its third round of grants, the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund today awarded $287,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

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

    • Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wilmington – $25,000 to provide case management for families affected by COVID-19 statewide.
    • Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. – $10,000 for secure technology to continue serving clients statewide while working remotely.
    • Delaware First Media/Delaware Public Media – $12,500 to address increased demand for statewide news coverage of the pandemic.
    • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $50,000 to complete two homes currently under construction and provide additional case management.
    • House of Pride – $9,000 to operate low-income housing in Dover.
    • Love INC of Mid-Delmarva – $50,000 to provide shelter for the homeless in Western Sussex County.
    • Modern Maturity Center – $50,000 to deliver meals and grocery shop for seniors in Kent County who can no longer participate in congregate meals because of COVID-19.
    • Rosa Health Center, Inc. – $3,000 for technology and personal protective equipment to provide medical care for people in Sussex County.
    • Stop the Violence Prayer Chain – $2,500 to help volunteers provide children in Wilmington with food and supplies.
    • Sussex Community Housing Services, Inc. – $15,000 to provide shelter for the homeless in Sussex County.
    • Warriors Helping Warriors – $10,000 to provide case management to veterans in greater Middletown.
    • West End Neighborhood House, Inc. – $50,000 to provide food and housing assistance to families in Wilmington.

    In this third round, 40 applicants requested a total of $1.1 million from the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which is housed at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

    To date, the fund has awarded $987,000 to 36 Delaware nonprofits. Additional grants will be awarded next week.

    The Fund Directed by Cynthia Pritchard, Philanthropy Delaware President and CEO is doing ongoing fundraising to continue to make investments in the community for several more weeks.  The fund is continually looking at the issues emerging from COVID-19 and evolving our grantmaking to meet the needs of Delawareans in these most critical times. 




  • April 16, 2020 5:35 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (April 16, 2020 by Christy Fleming, Town Square Delaware) The Tatnall School and Salesianum School have each established $1 million COVID financial relief funds for families who have been affected financially by the pandemic.

    Each school plans to make the funds available during the 2020-2021 academic year as short-term assistance to families demonstrating financial need caused by the economic impact of COVID-19.

    Other independent schools in the area have also announced plans to financially support students and their families who have been affected by the novel coronavirus. Most schools contacted said they hesitated to assign a time frame or dollar amount, as they hope to work directly with existing families and parents of applicants who demonstrate need.

    Each school said its leadership has determined that the financial impact of the virus should not stand in the way of any current or new student from receiving an education at their school.

    As Tatnall Board President Stephen D. Marvin said in a letter to parents earlier this month, “Simply put, no student should leave Tatnall because of the impact of COVID-19 on his or her family. We want to do whatever we can to keep your child part of Tatnall regardless of the effects of this pandemic.”

    Inspired by an initial $150,000 gift from Cal and Jennifer Stempel and the Ernest E. Stempel Foundation, Tatnall created the Tatnall Cares Fund, a financial assistance program specifically for COVID-related tuition assistance. The school’s trustees have pledged a total of $341,000 to the program and they are encouraging existing families and alum to assist in the initiaative.

    The initiative also makes funds available to enhance the school’s technological resources should they need upgrading to support distance learning.

    Salesianum said requests for tuition relief started coming in as soon as business closures were announced

    Salesianum launched its fund on March 30, saying at that time that requests for new financial aid were already coming in.  

    School president Brendan Kennealey said the school’s financial position allowed it to ensure current incoming students could afford to attend the all boy’s school in Wilmington.  The school also said that Dawn and Bill Schieffer ’79, had committed $160,000 towards a goal of $1,000,000. Additionally, Salesianum is committing another $500,000 to support the families of employees by assisting with medical expenses or lost wages as a result of the virus.

    The following schools shared the information below on how they are handling any financial challenges impacting students at their institutions.

    Independence

    The Independence School is committed to being affordable to all who wish to attend.  There are a wide variety of circumstances that may impact a family’s ability to pay tuition, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added a significant new layer of concern and uncertainty.

    We are fortunate to be able to provide tuition assistance for students with demonstrated need through our Financial Aid Program.  At Independence, this assistance is available for students in preschool through eighth grade.  Recently, the Board of Trustees approved the development of an emergency fund to help families impacted economically by the pandemic.

    We continue to work with each family on an individual basis, whether their children are already enrolled or are new applicants to Independence, as we value each family that adds to the spirit of the Independence community.”

    Ursuline

    We know that members of our community may be faced with the financial impacts of this global pandemic. We are wholly committed to ensuring every child in our care as an Ursuline student will remain an Ursuline student. That support extends to those students who will be joining our community in the fall. We are a family – a family that supports each other through every peak and every valley, and this time of global pandemic is no different.

     

    To support one another, Ursuline has created a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund with the explicit purpose of providing aid to our families and employees impacted by the virus. Our school’s financial position is strong, and with the generous support of our donors, we are able to readily assist our community members in need. Our talented and knowledgeable Director of Finance continually monitors federal funding opportunities that will provide necessary funds to support the Academy.

     

    Additionally, Ursuline’s Board of Trustees has reinforced their commitment to all of us during this unprecedented time by generously donating a substantial percentage of our newly increased fundraising goal. If your family’s financial situation has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you are encouraged to contact Leigh Perillo in the business office.

    Archmere

    The Board of Trustees and administration of Archmere Academy are fully committed to helping students and their families, as well as faculty and staff and their families, manage through this uncertain time educationally, emotionally, and financially.

    We remain committed to exceptional program delivery and providing comprehensive support for our students and families during the COVID 19 pandemic. Financially, Archmere is committed to helping individual families whose household incomes have been adversely affected by COVID-19, with the intent that no student will have to leave Archmere because of family finances.

    Clearly, these are unprecedented times, making it challenging to plan ahead. However, Archmere’s decisions will continue to be rooted in its mission as a Catholic, Norbertine school, sensitive to the needs of the community, and informed by relevant and timely data. Archmere’s leadership continues to be grateful for the widespread support of the alumni, parents of alumni, current families and students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Academy who are committed to the continued success of a valued educational tradition begun in 1932.

    Sanford

    Sanford recognizes that the economy is already a strain on many of our families — some may be facing loss of employment or other financial hardship. We are asking folks to reach out to us so that our school can support them during this tough time.

    Our Sanford community has a long history of helping students and families – and we see this another opportunity to do so. We invite those families to contact Associate Head of School for Advancement Jaime Morgan so that we can try to help ameliorate the financial impact of this crisis. It is our hope that Sanford does not lose any students or families due to the impact of COVID-19.

    Wilmington Friends

    Since financial aid has been core to our mission since 1748, we have always supported our families in times of need. We are absolutely committed to providing tuition assistance to our families who have been affected financially due to Coronavirus, similar to what we did after the 2008 stock market crash. 

    Tower Hill

    Tower Hill is committed to being a school of Wilmington and the world, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. A core tenet of the school’s strategic plan is building an engaged and diverse community, including socioeconomic diversity. Over the past five years, Tower Hill has increased its financial aid budget by over 50%, from $2.1 million in 2015-2016 to $3.2 million in the 2019-2020 school year. This increase reflects the school’s commitment to attract and retain outstanding students, no matter their families’ ability to pay full tuition. Currently, 36% of the student body receives financial aid. 

    “We are fortunate to have made an intentional commitment to increase financial aid over the past years,” Head of School Bessie Speers said. “Each year we select a word for the year, and they have been gratitude, kindness, courage, integrity, and this year, community. If there is ever a time to rally around the word of the year, it is now. We are committed to maintaining and supporting our community, and this includes families who may experience financial hardship because of this global crisis.” 

    During this challenging time, Tower Hill remains committed to students and families who may need additional support or may be experiencing financial hardship. Tower Hill’s administration and board have prepared for the allocation of additional financial aid funding to ensure that students can remain a part of the school community despite any financial hardship to families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Padua

    Padua Academy remains 100% committed to all our families during this time of global uncertainty, most especially in retaining their daughters’ enrollment status. With that said, we continue to provide financial assistance to those who need it.  

    From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have communicated to our families that if their employment status or wages change in any way, thus impacting their ability to fulfill tuition obligations, we will assist them. 

    No Padua student will be left behind due to financial or emotional hardship. 

    Padua is proud to have transitioned seamlessly to synchronous online learning since Day 1 of the ongoing crisis. While the learning landscape has changed, our commitment to teaching our students has not. 

    Click here for article by Christy Fleming, Delaware Town Square. 

  • April 16, 2020 3:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (April 16, 2020 by Delaware Community Foundation - DCF) Fund for Women is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.  The Fund for Women (FFW), an endowed fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), has donated $200K to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative.

    The FFW’s gift, which will support grants to nonprofits addressing community needs resulting from the pandemic, was divided evenly between the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF and the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at United Way of Delaware.

    The Rapid Response Fund at UWDE is focused on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. The Strategic Response Fund at the DCF targets emerging and evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities for the longer term needs of our state. Philanthropy Delaware is working with both UWDE and the DCF.


    Commenting on group’s decision, FFW Chair Lynn Kokjohn said, “While we recognize the many grant applications we received are vitally important to women and girls in Delaware, we also acknowledge that because of the COVID-19 crisis, we are in a very different environment today. We decided to dramatically change course and to redirect this year’s funding into the critical community work being managed by United Way and the Delaware Community Foundation.”

    The two funds have already given $940K to 38 organizations, including the Food Bank of Delaware (statewide), First State Community Action Agency (Georgetown), the Modern Maturity Center (Dover), Little Sisters of the Poor (Newark), and CHILD, Inc. (Wilmington).

    Nonprofits can submit applications for the Strategic Response Fund at the DCF on a weekly rolling basis at delcf.org/covid-grants. Gifts to the fund can be made at delcf.org/covid19-fund.

    About the Fund for Women

    Through collective philanthropy, the Fund for Women invests and advocates by bringing together our knowledge, passion and commitment to empower women and girls in Delaware to achieve their potential. The FFW was established in 1993 as an endowment at the Delaware Community Foundation. Since then, the FFW has issued almost $2.9 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit programs statewide. For more information, please visit fundforwomende.com.

    About the Delaware Community Foundation

    The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit delcf.org or call 302.571.8004.

    Click here for more information on the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund. 

  • April 14, 2020 11:21 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (April 12, 2020 by Delaware Business Times) Funds managed by four local philanthropic organizations distributed $440,000 to 18 Delaware nonprofits on April 9 and 10.

    The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund on April 10 awarded $350,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state, bringing its total to $700,000 in its first two rounds of grants. The Delaware Community Foundation and Philanthropy Delaware said they will award an additional $350,000 in grants on April 17.

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

    • First State Community Action Agency: $40,000 to provide for basic needs of low-income families statewide.
    • Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America: $5,000 to provide supplies for veterans with spinal cord injuries statewide.
    • Green Beret Project: $10,000 to support at-risk youth and their families in Kent County.
    • Ingleside Homes: $49,000 to pay for personal protective equipment, as well as staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
    • Jewish Family Services: $30,000 to provide remote counseling and support services statewide.
    • La Esperanza: $18,000 for technology upgrades to better provide emergency services to the Latino community in Sussex County.
    • Little Sisters of the Poor: $40,000 to fund personal protective equipment, cleaning and additional staff to control the virus and care for residents of the Newark facility.
    • Milton Community Food Pantry: $1,000 to provide emergency food to families in Milton and surrounding communities.
    • Nanticoke Senior Center: $32,000 to purchase, package and deliver food to seniors in the Seaford area.
    • Project New Start: $25,000 to provide remote case management to individual reentering the community after incarceration statewide.
    • Planned Parenthood of Delaware: $40,000 to fund personal protective equipment and staffing to provide reproductive health services statewide.
    • TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services: $25,000 to provide remote counseling to individuals in recovery in greater Wilmington.
    • YWCA: $35,000 to provide isolation for infected families at its Home-Life Management Center in Wilmington and provide remote counseling for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

    In this second round, 119 applicants requested a total of $4.5 million. The fund will award an additional $350,000 in grants next week.

    “As the pandemic continues, the needs are growing and evolving,” said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay, who chairs the fund’s decision-making council. “We are calling on the community to help local nonprofit organizations get food, shelter, medical care and other essential services directly to the people who need it most. We also must support our workforce, arts community and other sectors to restore our quality of life post-COVID-19.”

    The Longwood Foundation, which previously gave $1 million to the Strategic Response Fund, has pledged an additional $500,000, contingent upon the DCF raising a matching $500,000 from the community.

    To date, the fund has received $2.3 million, with another $1.1 pledged. Among the new contributions to the fund last week is a $50,000 contribution from M&T Bank.

    The deadline for the next round of awards is Monday, April 13, at noon. The application is open at delcf.org/covid-grants.

    The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, managed by United Way of Delaware (UWDE) as part of a coordinated statewide relief effort, also released an additional $90,000 in community investments aimed at helping Delawareans struggling to find food, shelter, utilities and rent assistance, and other critical services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The second round of funding followed an initial $150,000, which was disbursed on March 27th.

    Second round recipient organizations were selected by a committee of funders including United Way of Delaware, the Santora Group CPAs, Delmarva Power, DuPont, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. and Highmark Health. Recipients were chosen for the strength of their on-the-ground operations in key population areas across the state, and because each has the scope, scale and experience to manage emergency relief efforts. Recipients were:

    • Catholic Charities ($25,000)
    • First State Community Action Agency ($30,000)
    • Latin American Community Center ($25,000)
    • Modern Maturity Center ($5,000)
    • Delaware 211 ($5,000)

    “More than three weeks into this crisis, the Rapid Response Fund is helping close resource gaps as an increasing number of Delawareans are turning to the Fund for assistance with critical human needs, said United Way of Delaware President and Chief Executive Officer Michelle A. Taylor.

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Delaware Fund for Women re-directed a $200,000 gift that had been earmarked for programming impacting women and girls, into support for both the Rapid Response Fund ($100,000) and the Strategic Response Fund ($100,000).

    “While we recognize that these programs are vitally important to women and girls in Delaware, we also acknowledge that because of the COVID-19 crisis, we are in a very different environment today,” said Fund For Women Chair Lynn Kokjohn. “We decided to dramatically change course and to re-direct this year’s funding into the critical community work being managed by United Way and the Delaware Community Foundation.”

    Also as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, UWDE is coordinating with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the state Division of Social Services, and the Department of Public Health to provide free access to the Delaware 211 Helpline, now expanded to seven days per week.  The 211 Helpline is available to connect residents, including the newly unemployed, with resources to address food insecurity, assistance with housing and utilities expenses, and other critical service needs. And for those who are able to assist in this crisisUWDE is also providing volunteer matching services through its UVolunteer web portal .

  • April 13, 2020 9:00 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (April 7, 2020 by Jim Purcell, Energize Delaware Empowerment Grant) The recent Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to how intertwined our economic, social and health security can be in our communities. Our communities are suffering from severe health, economic and social impacts posed by this pandemic. Often overlooked are significant and long lasting cash benefits that energy efficiency projects have for low-income communities. Utility costs are a significant burden for low-income communities, even more so with the Covid-19 pandemic. In Delaware, we have an opportunity to strategically focus efforts and funding to not only help those low-income individuals, but also businesses who contract and employee workers to do the energy efficiency work who may have lost work or were laid off due to the pandemic crisis. Fortunately, Delaware has $4 million in funding available for energy efficiency in low-income homes served by Delmarva Power. Shortly, through a competitive grant system these funds will be awarded to low-income communities to provide energy efficiency programs and services for Delmarva Power customers.

    Energize Delaware was selected to facilitate and disburse $4 million in funds designated for low income energy efficient programs for Delmarva Power customers. These funds originated from the Exelon\Delmarva Power Merger Settlement approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission in 2018.  The Empowerment Grant is set up and is managed by a Grant Manager with Energize Delaware. The initial Large-Scale grant for up to $1 million was launched in January with a due date of April 24th. The next grant will focus on Community-Scale grants of up to $100,000 and will launch in April with a rolling date for application submissions. A second round of large-scale and community-scale grants will proceed later this year and in early 2021.

    What is the Empowerment Grant Program?

    These funds are being provided to support capable organizations in delivering energy efficiency programs to low-income ratepayers located in Delmarva’s Delaware service territory.   Applicant(s) receiving a grant award will accomplish one or more of the following in the Delmarva Power Service Area:

    • Increase the energy efficiency of low-income Delaware households that contribute to statewide electric and gas savings.
    • Engage with and inform low-income Delaware households about the benefits of efficiency and strategies available to them to achieve it.

    Applicants are asked to develop a comprehensive community-based approach to address energy efficiency issues in low-income housing by mobilizing public and private sector resources, including grassroots, community-based, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. And to the greatest extent feasible that job training, employment, contracting, and other economic opportunities generated by this grant will be directed to low-income persons in Delmarva’s service area. It’s with great enthusiasm that we review and get these funds out into the community this summer and fall and hope they serve to not only bring energy efficiency programs to more Delaware residents but help to resuscitate our small business community.

    For more information about how to apply for the Empowerment Grant go to www.empowergrantde.org or if you’d be interested and are eligible to receive benefit from one of the energy efficiency programs please contact the Empowerment Grant office at 302-724-7033 or email jim.purcell@empowergrantde.org. Also, please like us and visit us on Facebook @empowergrantde and Twittter @empowergrantde.

    Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) Energize Delaware—a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created by the State of Delaware, provides Delaware residents, businesses, nonprofits, and local governments opportunities to save money through energy efficiency.  Energize Delaware offers our programs to people statewide to help protect against volatile energy prices, reduce the environmental impact of energy production and lead Delaware to a sustainable energy future.

    Jim Purcell is the Grant Manager for the Empowerment Grant. He is tasked with facilitating this $4 million grant, distributing the funds and monitoring the impact of the on-time funding. It’s the hope of Energize Delaware to sustain this type of funding for energy efficiency and expand its outreach to all Delaware utility customers and look at creating programs to further support access to renewable energy sources for all Delawareans. Jim has over 20 years of public policy, grant administration and community development experience having worked for several non-profits and private sector companies.

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