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 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.

2020 Capital Grants recipients:

Repair two properties to increase safety and accessibility, including ensuring security of clients and staff.

Purchase and install a lift system in personal care rooms, to reduce chances of injury when lifting patients.

Replace HVAC system at A Home for Women, a shelter that will provide temporary housing to 20-22 women.

Replace HVAC system and current lighting, enabling greater efficiencies and cost savings and improved comfort and safety for guests.

Replace HVAC system at Dover location, enabling cost savings that can be applied to direct program costs.

Update the climate control system and make the Coxe House more accessible as the home of the Jewish Historical Society.

Support the Building Compassion Capital Campaign – a facility expansion.

Build and outfit The WorkShop, a facility in the vicinity of the Simon Circle Youth Center that will provide greater capacity for serving youth of the Dover area.

Support construction of 12 affordable homes in Wilmington’s East Side.

Install a security system to ensure the safety of staff and clients.

Build a storage shed behind its current facility, allowing more space for visitors and participants.

Restore and repair of 8 restrooms on 3 floors to comply with licensing standards for Early Development Centers and Before and After School Community Learning Centers.

Replace gutters at the Amstel House.

Restore and repair the Peter Marsh Homestead, which includes the exhibit hall, children’s classroom, space for visiting artists, and community space.

Replace front and rear doors and side exit, providing a safe and secure entrance and exit.

Replace the roof, which will preserve indoor areas that have been recently renovated.

Purchase and install privacy and security fencing around its large outdoor play areas and parking lots.

Rehabilitate a property that will be the home for its Street Leader Job Training program.

Replace the roof at its largest location, providing childcare to 152 children and meal for all 486 children who participate in the program.

Replace HVAC in nine units at its Home-Life Management Center, enabling families to have shelter.

DCF Guidelines for Capital Grants

Application will be available on Oct. 18, 2021. Please review guidelines before applying.

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.
  • 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 before December 31, 2020
  • Individuals
  • Special events
  • Debt reduction

The 2020-2021 application cycle opens on Sept. 30, 2020, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. 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.