Capital Grants

DCF Capital Grants Grants support construction, renovation or repair of buildings, and/or land purchases, so nonprofits statewide can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

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

Our program is a stepping stone to a good career for people with significant barriers to employment. In the furniture shop, we’re really building opportunity!

– Andrew McKnight, founder and executive director of the Challenge Program, which received a $25,000 DCF Capital Grant to build a furniture manufacturing facility. In the Challenge Program, at-risk youth receive two years of paid training before being placed in construction jobs.

2022 Capital Grants recipients:

Expansion of the North Branch Library into an adjoining building

Construction of a Respite Room – a dedicated, calming space for visitors with sensory challenges and developmental disorders

Replace the roof and patch the interior ceiling of the concert hall

Construction of The Urban Artist Exchange, a creative placemaking project

Complete critical exterior and interior building repairs at Lewes location

Achieve a safe outdoor recreation space with a new ramp and updated decking

Secure a safe haven space for Wilmington’s first Urban Wellness Center with the installation of perimeter doors, lighting, cameras and security fencing

Update current kitchen refrigeration and freezer storage

New property that will be usable for full storage and refrigeration once a new septic system has been installed

Updating keyfob system for resident rooms

Construction of 3 ramps in 2 newly purchased homes

Support purchase of a new facility allowing FSS to grow the community they serve

Replace windows and insulation

Basement updates including waterproofing, bathroom and accessibility

Cover costs for asbestos tile removal and new flooring installation

New security system and materials to build a new storage unit

DCF Guidelines for Capital Grants

The 2023 application will be available in the fall of 2022.

The DCF supports projects and organizations working to build opportunity so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably, and thrive. Supported capital projects will have a lasting, positive impact on the population or region served by the applicant organization.

The DCF defines capital as “construction, major renovation or repair of buildings, and/or the purchase of land.” Capital grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000, with a maximum award of $20,000. Only 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations within the State of Delaware and those outside the state that benefit Delawareans are eligible to apply.

Funding for capital grants is provided primarily through the State of Delaware Fund, which was created in 1989 with a $2 million appropriation from the Delaware General Assembly. Additional funding for capital grants is provided by the Foundation’s unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

  • DCF staff evaluates all completed application forms for conformity with the Foundation’s grant-making guidelines. Only qualified proposals are presented to the Grants Committee for consideration.
  • The committee selects candidates for further evaluation and schedules site visits to some or all finalists.
  • Each applicant organization is notified approximately 60 days following the application deadline about the status of its proposal, and if a finalist, whether a site visit will be conducted.
  • The committee recommends a slate of grants for approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Following Board action, the staff notifies all finalists, whether or not they received a grant.

  • You are requested to distribute a news release announcing the grant and describing the project to be carried out with DCF funding.
  • Please review the Grantee Publicity Guidelines.
  • You are required to submit a summary of grant-related activities at the end of the grant year.
  • Capital grant recipients must wait for the completion of two capital grant-making cycles before applying for another capital grant. For example, if an organization received a capital grant in 2017, it will be eligible to re-apply for and receive another capital grant in 2020. However, multi-year capital campaigns can be funded only once by the DCF.

Applicants for capital grants may apply the following year.

The foundation supports organizations and programs throughout the State of Delaware that address a wide range of community needs, including, but not limited to, health and human services, the arts, humanities and culture, the environment, animal welfare, housing and community development.

  • Non-501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Purchase of office equipment, furniture or electronics (Exceptions may occur in rare occasions, at the Grants Committee’s discretion, for projects that build and/or sustain an organization’s technology infrastructure. Such projects must clearly demonstrate the impact of this type of capacity investment.)
  • Sports clubs, leagues or facilities
  • Educational institutions
  • Purchase of vehicles (i.e. mobile machines that transport people or cargo)
  • Endowment
  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes (However, projects that serve the entire community, regardless of religious affiliation, are eligible for support.)
  • Annual fundraising campaigns or general operating expenses
  • Projects completed outside the relevant calendar year.
  • Individuals
  • Special events
  • Debt reduction

The 2022-2023 application cycle will open in the fall of 2022. Grant proposals must be submitted on the DCF grant portal. One application per organization will be accepted. Other proposal formats will not be accepted.

Grant application submission deadline is listed on the online grant application home page. Grants are approved by the Board of Directors within three months of the application deadline.

For Further Information
Contact Yolanda Rushdan, 302.504.5239.