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Grants to Delaware Nonprofits for Capacity-Building and Programs to Serve Communities of Color

BIPOC Leaders and Community Grants Program


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Funding Source
and African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware (AAEFD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Delaware

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/14/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Delaware nonprofit organizations to serve people of color. Grant funds may be requested for capacity-building initiatives and for community programs. Eligible applicants are organizations led by and serving BIPOC individuals. The purpose of this grant program is to increase investment in BIPOC-led nonprofits and in communities of color in Delaware.

As part of the Delaware Community Foundation’s commitment to build opportunity so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably and thrive, the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Leaders and Communities grant program supports organizations that are led by and serving people of color. The DCF defines BIPOC as people that identify as Black or African American, Indigenous, Latino or Hispanic, and/or Asian. Grants will be available to: 

  • Build organizational capacity 
  • Support programs that strengthen communities 

Programs that Strengthen Community

Applicants will provide a summary of the program that strengthen community work applicants plan to pursue and why it is critical for the organization. Examples of this work include but not limited to:

  • Grassroots organizing & advocacy efforts
  • Programs that improve economic well-being for people of color
  • Programs that alleviate the impact of race-based discrimination and disparities
  • Prepare and empower communities to participate in decision making processes

Organizational Capacity Project

These grants to build organizational capacity are intended to:

  • Build the capacity of existing, new, and emerging leaders of color.
    • Examples include, and are not limited to, skill building, training, and mentorship
    • For this grant program, a “leader” is an individual currently in a leadership position (executive director, senior staff) or that is an emerging leader in the organization.
  • Build the capacity of nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color.
    • Examples include strategic planning, financial management, identifying a communications strategy, improving volunteer recruitment, or ensuring thoughtful leadership succession. Efforts may include Board, staff and/or volunteers . Organization must serve a community represented by at least 40% people of color, and Board composition must be reflective of the community served 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Delaware Community Foundation only accepts applications from 501(c)3 nonprofits.

Agencies receiving DCF grants must serve the state of Delaware and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.

The Foundation does not support:
- Individuals
- Non-501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
- Purchase of office equipment, furniture, or or standard office expenses related to the operation of an organization (e.g. web site services, computer software, desktop or laptop computers, office phone systems, etc.)
- Sports clubs, leagues, or facilities
- Public or tuition-based educational institutions
- Fundraising entities for programs and organizations that are primarily supported through public funding (e.g., schools, parks, libraries)
- Purchase of vehicles (i.e., mobile machines that transport people or cargo)
- Endowment
- Public or tuition-based educational institutions
- Debt reduction
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes (However, projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible for support.)
- Annual fundraising campaigns
- Projects completed before June of the current year
- Special events
- Fundraising entities for programs and organizations that are primarily supported through public funding (e.g. schools, parks, libraries)

Pre-Proposal Conference
Grant Workshop: Build Organizational Capacity and Strengthen Community

Tue, January 31, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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Please note that the workshop will be recorded and posted on the DCF website. If any issues with registration, contact Yolanda Rushdan at or at 302-504-5239.

Pre-Application Information
Submissions will be accepted from 01/16/2023 to 02/14/2023.

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Request: $20,000

Contact Information
Apply online:

Delaware Community Foundation
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 115
Wilmington, DE 19801

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