OVERVIEW: The Delaware Community Foundation supports equity, community projects, arts, capital projects, youth, civic engagement, animals, education, and throughout the state of Delaware.
FUNDING AREAS: Equity, community projects, arts, capital projects, youth, civic engagement, animals, education
IP TAKE: This is an approachable community funder with a variety of grant opportunities available at any given time based upon geographic location in Delaware and topic of interest.
PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) is a community foundation based in Wilmington, Delaware. Pierre S. du Pont III, a board member of the United Way of Delaware and the Longwood Foundation, recruited 19 community leaders to create DCF to serve local communities here. DCF aims to “improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future.” It funds local efforts for equity, community projects, arts, capital projects, youth, civic engagement, animals, and education.
The Delaware Community Foundation is a statewide funder that has broad grantmaking interests. It has a community impact grants program to make direct grants to Delaware initiatives. DCF lists current grant opportunities on its website, such as Highmark Delaware BluePrints for the Community, African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, and the Fund for Women. The funder also makes capital project grants to support construction and building repairs, it has a community equity project, it makes Latino-focused grants, and it administers various funds based on topical interests and geographic location. DCF also assists over 200 nonprofits and public entities with establishing their own organizational funds
Grants range between about $5,000 and $25,000. 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 Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services, Southern Delaware Therapeutic & Recreational Horseback Riding, and Laurel Public Library.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits for many of its funds and programs. Each grant opportunity has its own guidelines and deadlines. The application process is conducted online. Direct general questions to the staff at 302-571-8004 or via online form.
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