OVERVIEW: The Foundation for Delaware County supports health for children and youth, men and women with cancer, seniors aging in place, and helping teenagers succeed in this county of Pennsylvania.
FUNDING AREAS: Health for children and youth, men and women with cancer, seniors aging in place, helping teenagers succeed
IP TAKE: This health legacy funder has very specific interest areas that are loosely based around health and is a good up-and-coming grantmaker to know in the Philadelphia area.
PROFILE: Established in 2016, the Foundation for Delaware County is a health legacy foundation that was formed when Prospect Medical Holdings acquired Crozer-Keystone. It is now the largest community foundation in this county of Pennsylvania, which is part of the Philadelphia metro area. FDC aims to “build a healthy community and encourage philanthropy in Delaware County.” Grantmaking includes health for children and youth, men and women with cancer, seniors aging in place, and helping teenagers succeed.
This new community foundation made its first major grants in the fall of 2018. Maternal and child health grants fund groups that serve first-time mothers living in poverty. Cancer-related grants help support free mammograms and cancer screenings, as well as integrative and alternative therapies. Teen-focused grants support a health resource center and a drug free communities campaign. Finally, senior-focused grants help elderly residents live in their own owns with the help of caregivers and home health professionals. Past support has gone to the J. Lewis Crozer Library, Kids Smiles, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware, and Chester Upland Youth Soccer. In addition to grants, the funder also provides scholarships for nursing and radiology technician students.
Foundation grants are often between $10,000 and $50,000. View a list of past grantees on the funder’s website. The foundation’s headquarters are in the town of Media, but it has offices in Chester, Upper Darby, and Springfield. These are common locations of grantmaking, but the entire county sees this funder’s support.
FDC issues request for proposals and accepts unsolicited requests for funding. In the past, the proposal deadline was in late-June, and the award announcement was in late-October. Subscribe to the funder’s newsletter to be informed about upcoming deadlines. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 610-744-1010 or via online form.
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