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African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware (AAEFD)

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits for the Education and
Economic Empowerment of African Americans

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Delaware Community Foundation (DCF)

Deadline Date:

05/31/18 4:30 PM EST


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Delaware nonprofit organizations to promote the education, economic, and social empowerment of African American residents. Priority will be given to programs addressing education, with an emphasis on access to and retention in higher education.

The African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware (AAEFD) is a giving circle of the Delaware Community Foundation. The fund was formed to establish a legacy of leadership in promoting philanthropy to fund causes important to the education, social, and economic empowerment of African American Delawareans.

A giving circle is a group of people who give and raise money for a charitable fund and make grants from that fund to support a shared interest. It is the belief of AAEFD that the power of collective giving can immeasurably improve the worth and potential of African Americans in Delaware.


AAEFD invites nonprofit organizations in Delaware to apply for a grant. The grantmaking focus area for 2018 will be Education, and more specifically, higher education access and retention.

Priority will be given to proposals that use the grant to fund program activities dedicated to providing direct services to individuals or families. While this program accepts applications for scholarships, the AAEFD gives preference to applications in support of innovative programs. Program design must provide an evaluation mechanism. Grant recipients are expected to send a progress report annually for the two years after receipt of a grant award. The report should speak to the outcomes agreed upon in the grant award. If the project is completed within the first year, your organization will need to submit a final report.

Grantmaking Focus Area:


The African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware believes that Education provides the basis for individual opportunity, economic vitality, and social stability. Ideally, applicants will serve underprivileged children, youth, and adults who have the capability but not the resources to reach their full potential.

Education efforts will focus on higher education access and retention.

Your mission should aim to move the needle in one or more of the following areas:
-College preparation
-Improvement in academic proficiency
-Increase in high school graduation rates
-STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, or math) exposure for girls
-Disruption of the school to prison pipeline
-Increased placement in AP courses
-Post-secondary success
-Meeting the basic needs of college students

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126547

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be up to $2,500 and funding requests should not exceed this amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status (or community-based organizations using a fiscal sponsor) that meet the following criteria:
-Have provided services for a minimum of two years
-Have an active board of directors/trustees
-Provide services in the State of Delaware
-Serve at least 50% African American population
-Have African Americans in leadership positions – on the board, in executive and/or staff ranks
-Are in good standing with the IRS

Previous grantees are eligible to apply, but no sooner than one year from the previous grant award. Priority will be given to new applicants.

Not Funded:
-One-time events
-Requests for event sponsorships
-Building improvements and capital campaigns

Applications outside of our eligibility criteria and focus area will not be reviewed.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted through the online form by 4:30 PM EST on May 31, 2018.

You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been processed. Finalists may be contacted for a meeting or a site visit.

All applicants will be notified of decisions by June 30, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware