Crystal Trust: Grants for Delaware

OVERVIEW: The Crystal Trust supports education, human services, arts and culture, seniors, youth, health, conservation, historical preservation, and more in Delaware.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, arts and culture, seniors, youth, health, conservation, historical preservation

IP TAKE: This is a low-key funder but one that accepts unsolicited funding requests and gives sizable grants throughout the state of Delaware.

PROFILE: Established in 1947, the Crystal Trust is a private foundation based in Montchanin, Delaware. Irenee du Pont established this foundation to pursue his philanthropy and left an additional endowment to the trust in this will. The foundation funds local efforts for secondary education, social and family services, youth and child welfare, family planning, and programs for the aged, the disadvantaged, and the homeless. It also supports arts and cultural programs, health and hospitals, conservation programs, and historical preservation.

The Crystal Trust does not have a website to guide grantseekers. It funds a wide variety of local causes and prioritizes the needs of children and youth, seniors, students, the homeless, and low-income people. Crystal Trust grants often go towards building renovations, capital campaigns, equipment costs, land acquisitions, and infrastructure needs. However, it does not typically support research, scholarships, endowments, fellowships, or matching gifts.

Grants range between about $20,000 and $200,000. In a recent year, the funder received 140 funding requests and made a total of 87 grants. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the state of Delaware. Past local grantees include Blood Bank of Delmarva, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, and Claymont Community Center.

According to recent tax records, this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Grantseekers should submit applications via mail to the attention of Director Patricia L. Anderson. Direct general questions to the staff at 302-651-0533.


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