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  • February 20, 2020 8:35 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 19, 2020 by Delaware News) DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for matching grants for community water quality improvement projects. Delaware non-profit organizations, conservation districts, community organizations and homeowner’s associations are eligible to apply. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 18.

    Community Water Quality Improvement Grants assist in implementing projects or programs to improve water quality on developed lands with specific watershed improvement plans and strategies. Programs and projects selected must demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements, with cost effective and measurable results. Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council through a competitive grant process.

    Funding for projects receiving a grant award in this cycle is expected to range from $25,000 to $75,000. The grant requires a 25 percent cash match, which may be federal, state, or local cash. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle.

    Proposals should be submitted by email to NPS.grants@delaware.gov, subject line: Community Water Quality Improvement Grant. Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB. Project guidelines and the application can be found on DNREC’s website on the Environmental Finance webpage.

    For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at 302-739-9922.

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  • February 18, 2020 2:07 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 14, 2020 by PND by Candid) JP Morgan Chase is a Philanthropy Delaware Member - JPMorgan Chase has announced a five-year, $75 million global initiative aimed at connecting underserved youth to well-paying jobs.

    Part of the firm's $350 million New Skills at Work initiative launched last March, the initiative will support efforts to scale high-quality career pathways; create connections between high school, postsecondary education, and in-demand careers; expand access to work-based learning experiences in industries most likely to fuel future economic growth; engage employers at the state and local level in the design, implementation, evaluation, and modification of integrated high-quality career pathways; and otherwise remove barriers to meaningful career opportunities for historically disadvantaged populations.

    In the United States, the initiative will be launched in Denver, where JPMorgan has already invested $4 million over the last four years in such efforts, and five other cities, with support from two partners: Advance CTE, which will receive a $5 million investment to provide research and resources to participating cities to help them meet the initiative's objectives and translate lessons learned into tools and resources that can be leveraged by a broader set of communities; and Education Strategy Group, which will receive a $6 million investment to support sites with high-quality technical assistance and cross-site learning and convening.

    In its announcement of the initiative, JPMorgan Chase notes that in an era in which well-paying jobs increasingly require a two- or four-year degree or some additional training, only 41 percent of young adults in the U.S. have completed their education beyond high school, while rapid changes in technology, automation, and artificial intelligence continue to drive the disconnect between skills and jobs.

    "Young people who participate in career pathways, including real work experiences and higher education connections, have better overall outcomes in education and the labor marketplace," said Sarah Steinberg, vice president of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. "We look forward to applying our lessons learned across the globe to give young people a better chance at career success."

    Click here to read full article by PND, Candid. 

  • February 18, 2020 2:01 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 14, 2020 by Delaware Business Times) Four Delaware public-housing authorities have been awarded $6.9 million in funding to make much-needed capital improvement, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joseph J. DeFelice announced Feb. 14. 

    The grants are part of $2.7 billion in grants to public housing authorities in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funding will allow agencies to make needed capital improvements to their properties.

    The Wilmington Housing Authority received the bulk of the Delaware grants with $4.8 million. The Delaware State Housing Authority received just over $1 million; the Dover Housing Authority got nearly $742,000; and the Newark Housing Authority received $297,310.

    Click here to read full article from the Delaware Business Times. 

  • February 13, 2020 11:04 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 7, 2020 by Allison Levine, Delaware Community Foundation) Delaware Community Foundation is a member of Philanthropy Delaware. The Caesar Rodney Rotary Foundation (CRRF), a fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, has awarded $5,000 to help support two high-quality programs focused on youth at risk in our community. The recipients of CRRF’s 2019 Grants are Urban Promise and Summer Learning Collaborative. 

    UrbanPromise: Equips children and young adults through Christ with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, personal growth and servant leadership. – $2,500

    Summer Learning Collaborative: Partners with existing community based institutions to help them optimize the role they can and must play for kids in our highest-need communities through high impact summer programming. – $2,500.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware Community Foundation. 
  • February 12, 2020 10:06 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 11, 2020 by Brad Myers, Delaware News Journal) Tatnall’s Lydia Colasante has been named the Gatorade Delaware Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.  The freshman won the girls Division II individual title at the DIAA Cross Country Championships, finishing the course at Killens Pond State Park in Felton in 18:48.9.

    Colasante also won at the White Clay Creek Classic and Delaware Independent School Conference meet, finished second at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational and took fourth at the Joe O’Neill Invitational.

    Colasante, who also has an A average in the classroom, had competed successfully in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, but last fall was her first season of competitive running.

    As part of Gatorade’s Play it Forward program, Colasante will be allowed to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choice.

    Click here to read full article from Delaware News Journal. 

  • February 05, 2020 5:10 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 4, 2020 by Delaware Business Now) Philanthropy Delaware members: M&T Bank, Highmark, WSFS Bank, Capital One, Christiana Care, and DuPont are among companies to collaborate with Intern Delaware to build the workforce future in the state.   Intern Delaware, Inc. has announced its launch. Formed in September 2019 by local business leaders, the organization is focused on connecting interns working in Delaware with the local culture, economy, business leaders, and opportunities.

    In the current environment, more than 70 percent of graduates from local colleges and universities are moving outside of Delaware to start their careers, creating a talent drain in the state, the group noted.

    Intern Delaware will support companies throughout the state in attracting and retaining intellectual capital by providing their interns with a series of experiential marketing events that highlight Delaware and run parallel with their corporate internship programs.

    “In our initial cohort, we are bringing over 350 like-minded individuals together from 21 corporate partners to experience Delaware,” commented Scott Malfitano, co-founder and board chair of Intern Delaware. “These interns will be provided access to signature events, discounts to local merchants, and opportunities to take part in a dynamic summer program designed to open their eyes to all that Delaware has to offer.”

    Intern Delaware has initially collaborated with 21 local companies, along with local colleges and universities. Partner companies include Adesis, Agilent, Big Fish Restaurant Group, Buccini-Pollin Group, Capital One, Chemours, Christiana Care, CompassRed, CSC, DowDuPont, EDiS, Epic Research, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Highmark, Kelly Benefits, M&T Bank, Marlette Funding, The Mill, White Dog Labs, Wohlsen Construction Company, and WSFS Bank.

    “We are thrilled to be part of this organization that is doing so much to build the workforce of the future in Delaware. By differentiating the internship experience, Intern Delaware will have a lasting impact that reframes how interns view Delaware as a place to build their careers,” said Mark Hutton, group vice president at M&T Bank.

    To join as a corporate partner contact caroline.letner@interndelaware.com for an application.

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  • February 05, 2020 5:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 31, 2020 by Paige Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare) Highmark is a Philanthropy Delaware member. Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health is focusing much of its work to address the opioid epidemic around one key idea: reducing stigma.

    The insurer recently partnered with Shatterproof, a national group aimed at combatting addiction, to offer its employer clients a slate of virtual education tools on the stigma associated with opioid use disorder. Highmark offers plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia.

    Through the platform, employees with Highmark insurance can access five-minute modules that explore a variety of topics related to the opioid crisis, including risk factors, symptoms of addiction, treatment options and success stories from people who are recovering from opioid addiction.

    The modules are designed to be easy to understand and provide an array of supplementary materials for people who want to learn more, including fact sheets and videos.

    Caesar DeLeo, M.D., vice president and executive medical director of strategic initiatives for Highmark, told FierceHealthcare that education initiatives like this are critical in combating stigma.

    “It has everything to do with stigma,” DeLeo said. “This will start a revolution that will help break down the barriers of stigma right in the workplace and that will continue to flow through to homes and communities.”

    The partnership was born out of a 2019 community survey conducted by Highmark to gauge attitudes toward opioid addiction in the insurer's core markets. Many of those surveyed (80%) said that opioid dependence is either mostly or somewhat the fault of the addict.

    In addition, in each of the three markets, between 30% and 49% of survey respondents said they would be uncomfortable to learn that a co-worker had an opioid addiction.

    However, despite the majority holding that view, more than three-quarters of the survey respondents said they believe they should encourage friends or family members to seek treatment if they need it. DeLeo said that highlights the impact of stigma: It prevents diagnoses.

    Highmark’s core markets have also been hit hard by the opioid crisis—the survey found that, across the three states, between 34% and 57% of people said a family member or close friend had suffered from opioid addiction.

    The efforts to combat stigma are just one prong of the insurers’ multifaceted approach to mitigating the opioid crisis. Highmark also provides coverage for non-pharmacological pain treatments, arms providers with evidence-based medication guidelines when opioids are necessary and offers ongoing monitoring for opioid use.

    Highmark also makes naloxone available to prevent fatal overdoses. DeLeo said the insurer has seen notable results in reducing overdoses—opioid overdose rates among Highmark members have declined by 70% and are 50% below the national average.

    Because the insurer’s markets are diverse, including urban areas, suburban areas and heavily rural areas, a major challenge is finding providers who can treat opioid use disorder once it’s been diagnosed, DeLeo said.

    In West Virginia, for example, members have extremely limited options for medication-assisted and other evidence-based treatment options, so Highmark is filling the gaps using telehealth. Highmark is looking to expand access to telepsychiatry and virtual treatment over the course of 2020, DeLeo said.

    Digital health options like telepsychiatry can address stigma, too, DeLeo said, as it may be a way to get someone who’d be embarrassed to go to a therapist in person into treatment.

    “Maybe people don’t want to go and be seen being treated but would be quite comfortable talking on the phone or by Skype,” he said. “We’re very flexible. We’re not intending to be competitors—we want to be complementary and fill in the gaps.”

    Click here to read full article by Fierce Healthcare. 
  • January 29, 2020 1:19 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 28, 2020 by Delaware News) Two Delaware organizations will receive $55,000 in federal grants.  – As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that two Delaware organizations, will receive $55,000 in federal grants. This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2020 and includes two of the agency’s funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations. Through these grants, the National Endowment for the Arts supports arts participation, and this year will include projects that celebrate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

    “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

    OperaDelaware will receive an Art Works – Opera grant in the amount of $15,000 to support a new production of The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

    “We are humbled to receive this support from the NEA for a new production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, which will serve as the cornerstone of our 75th anniversary festival,” said Brendan Cooke, General Director of OperaDelaware. “This year’s award will help to ensure that this is one of our most thrilling productions to date.”

    The State Education Agency Directors of Education (SEADAE), Delaware will receive an Art Works – Arts Education grant in the amount of $40,000 to support its 2020 national conference, The Arts & Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): A Synergistic Pairing, at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library from September 24-26, 2020.

    “SEADAE is thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Delaware to host its’ national conference. Not only is the Brandywine Valley a place of wonder in the fall – a must-see destination for the East Coast – but Delaware has taken a lead nationally, in highlighting the importance of fostering the social and emotional competence of young learners and embracing socially responsible, trauma informed instruction. We anticipate the conference to be an immersive, life-affirming experience and are excited to engage with our collaborators in Delaware to investigate the importance of the intersection between the arts and social emotional learning,” said Dale Schmid, Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education.

    The next funding deadline for applications to the Grants for Arts Projects category is February 13, 2020. Note: Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The next funding deadline for applications to Challenge America is April 9, 2020.

    The full NEA grant descriptions follow:

    Challenge America

    Challenge America grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Each grant is for a fixed amount of $10,000 and requires a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

    Art Works

    Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000.

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  • January 29, 2020 11:38 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 21, 2020 by Maddy Lauria, Delaware News Journal) Contaminated drinking water in Sussex County. Failing wastewater systems in Kent County. Flooded streets in South Wilmington. Those are just a few examples of the water issues faced by Delaware residents, some caused by natural influences, improper management, a lack of funding, or a combination.

    After years of trying to pass legislation to create a steady funding stream to start chipping away at old, failing infrastructure and persistent pollution problems, Delaware politicians say they have finally found a way to get started.

    It’s called the Clean Water for Delaware Act, and Gov. John Carney is ready to pour $50 million into a trust fund to get it rolling in the upcoming fiscal year.

    “From the Brandywine Creek to the Inland Bays, we have special natural places in our state. Water is Delaware’s most basic and valuable resource, and we should protect that resource for future generations,” Carney said in a press release Tuesday.

    “And we need to make sure that all Delaware families have access to clean drinking water. Delawareans deserve clean water. It’s as simple as that.”

    The bill, which needs to be approved by the Legislature, aims to address drinking water, wastewater and drainage needs. That could include funding millions of dollars' worth of infrastructure-related projects or smaller-scale projects for individual communities, officials say.

    The $50 million would come from surplus funds this year, officials said. That funding will be supported by existing state funds for drinking water and wastewater projects, as well a federal funding, for a total of more than $100 million in initial investment, officials said.

    "Clean water is not a privilege. It's a human right," said House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, who sponsored the bill.

    She noted that, if approved, legislators would "still have to find a continued revenue resource."

    Previous incarnations of the bill and studies have suggested at least $500 million in water and wastewater projects are needed in the next five years. The bill requires the development of an annual “strategic planning process” and an oversight committee, officials said.

    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin pointed to potential projects, like rehabilitation of the Delaware City wastewater treatment plant and sewer expansions in Kent County.

    Contact environmental reporter Maddy Lauria at (302) 345-0608, mlauria@delawareonline.com or on Twitter @MaddyinMilford.

    Click here to read full article by Delaware News Journal. 

  • January 29, 2020 11:20 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (January 28, 2020 by Press ReleaseEnergize Delaware is a Philanthropy Delaware Member  - Newest Offering from Energize Delaware will provide Funding to Grantees Within Delaware Service Area of Delmarva Power. Energize Delaware announced today that applications for the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP) will now be accepted from both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with an expected award schedule of late Spring 2020. The first level of grants to be accepted will be for the Large-Scale Grant type, for which applicants will be able to apply for funding up to $1 million to aid them in their work assisting low-income energy customers in the Delaware service area of Delmarva Power. The smaller Community-Scale Grants, that will allow for awards of up to $100,000, will begin accepting applications in Spring 2020.

    The EGP monies will be awarded to organizations proposing innovative ways to provide improved efficiency, reliability, and energy saving programs that directly benefit Delmarva Power customers whose households earn 60 percent, or below, of the state’s median income.

    “I am very enthusiastic and encouraged by the opportunity that the Empowerment Grant will bring to our communities in Delaware,” said Jim Purcell, Empowerment Grant Manager. “The program will put organizations and residents in control of their energy costs by educating and supporting their efforts to create efficiency in their energy needs.”

    In each grant cycle Empowerment Grant staff will provide workshops, information and technical assistance to those interested in applying for the grants. The schedule for upcoming grant workshops is February 6, for Kent county; February 11, for New Castle county; and February 13, for Sussex county. (Specifics on times and locations are listed in the attached Grant Life Cycle document.)

    “The Empowerment Grant Program adds another feature to the Energize Delaware services portfolio, said Tony DePrima, Energize Delaware, Executive Director. “These funds will provide much needed assistance to residents who need it the most. It is our hope that this funding will be used to serve as many people as possible.”

    Additional program details, including program qualifications, requirements and how to submit proposals can be found on the EGP website: www.empowergrantde.org. A Facebook page - @EmpowerGrantDE; and a Twitter account - @EmpowerGrantDE; are also available for public interaction and information.

    The EGP is being financed with $4 million in merger settlement funds approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission’s authorizing of the Delmarva Power and Exelon merger agreement of three years ago. The total monies will be dispersed over the next two to three-year period.

    “Through this program, our community partners have access to important funding for the development of energy efficiency tools and resources that benefit our most disadvantaged customers,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “This is a great opportunity to help our customers while promoting the value of energy efficiency statewide. We’re excited to assist in the creation of this program and we look forward to seeing the innovative projects and ideas that come to fruition.”

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