BIPOC Leaders & Communities Grants

In 2021, the DCF launched a new opportunity as part of its overall community impact grants. Equity Partners grants supported leaders of color in Delaware and the organizations and communities they serve, as part of the DCF’s commitment to build opportunity so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably and thrive. For 2022, we have modified this program to become the BIPOC Leaders & Communities Grants Program.

In 2022, the BIPOC Leaders and Communities Grants Program will target funding to significantly increase leader-of-color-led organizations amongst our grantees, support community-driven change, and provide capacity-building funding to support current and next-generation leaders’ long-term success. The grant program is a partnership with the African-American Empowerment Fund (AAEFD) at the DCF.

Read about the 2022 BIPOC Leaders and Communities Grants recipients.

For more information about the DCF’s grantmaking process, visit or contact Yolanda Rushdan at 302.504.5239.

2023 Recipients

Provide professional development for BIPOC teachers through the Rideout Teaching Fellowship program. 

Help Wilmington students increase their critical thinking skills and academic abilities by teaching them how to play mallet instruments.

Support the growth and expansion of its BIPOC Youth Achievement program by welcoming 125 new scholars for the 2023-24 school year. 

Target and reduce violence and promote community well-being through supporting, empowering and assisting individuals moving into and out of incarceration. 

Plan, grow and implement a new human resources system. 

Build capacity among Delaware’s nonprofit leaders of color via the Harambee Delaware program. 

Engage Latina youth to become volunteers, lead philanthropy and community efforts and pursue nonprofit careers. 

 Increase the voice of housinginsecure individuals through representation. 

Employ Black and brown at-risk youth in its workforce development program and provide academic support. 

Support mentorship of girls of color to help prepare them for the future through assessments, tutoring, health/wellness services and extracurricular activities. 

Support the H.O.M.E.S. (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, Stability) campaign. 

Purchase the technology necessary to begin implementing programming and to start engaging donors. 

Hire a new fundraising consultant. 

Hire a new fundraising consultant. 

Hire program facilitators providing traumainformed care in Sussex County schools. 

Provide an eight-week training program for previously incarcerated BIPOC adults and/or family members to build advocacy skills and provide resources to rejoin the workforce. 

Underwrite the costs of consultants for research and finding BIPOC-owned small businesses looking for loans. 

Engage and mobilize parents to advocate for policy changes through their school boards. 

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