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Grants to Delaware Nonprofits for Capital
Projects to Benefit Local Residents

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Delaware Community Foundation (DCF)

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Delaware nonprofit organizations for projects that have a positive, long-term impact on the local population or region. Funding is intended to support the purchase of land, construction, major renovation and repair of buildings, so statewide organizations can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The DCF supports projects and organizations working to build opportunity so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably, and thrive. Supported capital projects will have a lasting, positive impact on the population or region served by the applicant organization.

The Foundation supports organizations and programs throughout the State of Delaware that address a wide range of community needs, including, but not limited to, health and human services, the arts, humanities and culture, the environment, animal welfare, housing, and community development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178508

Estimated Size of Grant:

Capital grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000, with a maximum award of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year capital campaigns can be funded only once by the DCF.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations within the State of Delaware and those outside the state that benefit Delawareans are eligible to apply.

Capital grant recipients must wait for the completion of two capital grant-making cycles before applying for another capital grant. For example, if an organization received a capital grant in 2016, it will be eligible to re-apply for another capital grant in 2019. However, multi-year capital campaigns can be funded only once by the DCF.

Not funded:
- Non-501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
- Purchase of office equipment, furniture or electronics. (Exceptions may occur in rare occasions, at the Grants Committee’s discretion, for projects that build and/or sustain an organization’s technology infrastructure. Such projects must clearly demonstrate the impact of this type of capacity investment.)
- Sports clubs, leagues or facilities
- Educational institutions
- Purchase of vehicles (i.e. mobile machines that transport people or cargo)
- Endowment
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes (However, projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible for support.)
- Annual fundraising campaigns or general operating expenses
- Projects completed before June of the current year
- Individuals
- Special events
- Debt reduction

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two optional workshops are available for those interested in learning more about the program and the application process. Participation in these workshops is not required and will not influence funding decisions.

Workshops are FREE, but registration is required:
- Georgetown Public Library, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 3 PM
- Wilmington Public Library, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 10 AM

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for applications: November 8, 2019.

Grant proposals must be submitted using the online DCF application form.

Each applicant organization is notified approximately 60 days following the application deadline about the status of its proposal, and if a finalist, whether a site visit will be conducted.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate

Sarah Grunewald, Vice President for Community Impact

Delaware Community Foundation
PO Box 1636
Wilmington, DE 19899

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware