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Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund - Vision Grants Program

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, Agencies, and Faith-Based Organizations
to Address Community Needs During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and United Way of Delaware (UWDE)

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Grants to Delaware nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and religious organizations to meet the needs of communities across the State during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Interested applicants are required to view a webinar and submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support innovative activities that enhance organizational efficiencies, improve service delivery models and frameworks, achieve robust partnerships and collaborations, and advance the use of technology.

The Strategic Response Fund’s Vision Grants Program seeks to invest in innovative solutions across a variety of topic areas that address the emerging and evolving needs arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen, apparent challenges include high rates of unemployment, stresses on the healthcare system, a difficult small business environment, and diminished government and philanthropic dollars. Nonprofit and social sector organizations must rethink and reimagine how to be effective, equitable, and sustainable in providing services and programs. Communities will best be served if leaders respond to the challenges that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of innovative solutions that address these issues.

Vision Grant proposals should:

  • Present bold solutions.
  • Envision innovative ways of delivering services and programs.
  • Address specific social problems.
  • Include key partners.
  • Drive broader social or systems changes.

The goal of the Vision Grants Program is to improve service to Delaware communities by helping organizations:

  • Institute innovative approaches to address systemic issues that impact Delaware and that no one organization could solve independently. This could include for-profit/nonprofit joint ventures, public-private partnerships, coordination in a geographic area, and/or issue-area collaborations.
  • Reposition and/or integrate services across multiple agencies where current operating models no longer fit or can be improved, creating catalytic impact on the partners’ capacity, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and financial health.
  • Merge in cases in which two or more organizations can increase effectiveness, sustainability and better serve their constituencies by joining together than remaining separate. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188731

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Discovery phase: Estimated value $2,500-$5,000
- Planning phase: Estimated value $5,000-25,000
- Implementation phase: Estimated value will vary depending on initiative

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Lead Organization must be a 501c3 public charity, religious organization or government agency. Private and/or for-profit entities and agencies of other statuses may be partners, but they cannot serve as the Lead Organization.

Not funded:

- Ongoing staffing, programmatic, operational, or capital costs of the organization(s).
- Program-level only collaboration that does not involve a fundamental shift in organizational service models. (e.g., a nonprofit that provides after-school programming that works with a school is not likely to be awarded a Vision Grant.)
- Grants directly to individuals.
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities.
- Proposals that exclusively serve religious purposes, although religious organizations providing non-religious community services will be considered.
- Capital expenses, unless they are key part of the transformative initiative.
- Endowments.
- Previously incurred expenses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Before submitting an LOI, applicants are required to view the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement‘s mandatory free webinar to learn more about the Vision Grants and the application process. The webinar includes a code, which the applicant will be asked to include on their LOI submission form.

View the Webinar at:

Pre-Application Information:


- Round One
June 26, noon: Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent.
July 9: Selected LOIs will be invited to submit a full application.
July 23, noon: Deadline to submit full application.
July 30: Application decisions.

- Round Two
Aug. 21: Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent.
Sept. 4: Selected LOIs will be invited to submit a full application.
Sept. 17: Deadline to submit full application.
Sept. 24: Application decisions.

- Round Three
Oct. 16: Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent.
Oct. 30: Selected LOIs will be invited to submit a full application.
Nov. 13: Deadline to submit full application.
Nov. 23: Application decisions.

Applicants must view a mandatory webinar before submitting an LOI. (For details, see Pre-Proposal Conference above.)

Strategic Fund Vision Grants will be awarded to applications in three stages of execution: Discovery, Planning and Implementation. Applicants should identify and apply in one of these categories. Ultimately, the funding source aims to create a pipeline. I.e., if a project is awarded a Discovery Grant, they hope the work done under that grant will prepare the organizations to return to apply for a Planning Grant. Then, if awarded a Planning Grant, they hope the work done under the Planning Grant will prepare the grantee to return to apply for an Implementation Grant. (Note: Grantees are not guaranteed that they will be awarded a grant in the next phase.)

A Lead Organization must only submit one Letter of Intent (LOI) or application in a single phase of execution in a single cycle. An organization may submit LOIs/applications in different phases in a single cycle. E.g., an organization may submit one application in the Discovery phase and another application in the Planning phase in the same cycle.

In support of the Vision Grant Program, DANA is providing assistance for nonprofits. A limited number of scholarships are available to assist collaboratives that meet the Vision Grant program criteria, or are referred by the Vision Grant council to receive additional consulting support. For questions about DANA’s support, please contact Paul Stock.

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Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI online to:

Please email questions to Allison Taylor Levine at

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