Each year, the DCF awards millions of dollars in grants to support the work of nonprofits addressing Delaware’s greatest needs and opportunities, with an eye to building opportunity and advancing equity.


Learn about our grant opportunities below and read about recent recipients of our Focus Grants, Specific Interest Grants, and Capital Grants.

Grant Opportunities Currently Open

Read about general grant eligibility. Each grant also has individual eligibility requirements.

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

Generally, grants will not exceed $20,000 other than on rare occasions due to their exceptional merits, based on the discretion of the DCF Grants Committee. Grants will support organizations and initiatives so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably, and thrive.

Deadline: Nov. 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Optional Workshop: Nov. 3

Workshop Registration

Rubric

Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

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A two-part, compliance-based, non-subjective grant program disbursing Federal CARES Act funds.

Round 4 application is now open

Application Guidelines and Information

Deadline: Nov. 1 at 12:00 pm/Noon

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Grants of up to $2,500 are available to nonprofit organizations working to address community needs in Georgetown and Millsboro.

Nonprofits from throughout Sussex County are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to organizations located in Georgetown or Millsboro.

Deadline: November 30

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Small grants will support health-related projects, programs and supportive services. Preference is given to programs that fit BluePrints for the Community priority areas. The community priority areas are: increasing access to health care for uninsured/underserved, reducing health disparities in minority communities, supporting early childhood development with initiatives focused on health, recruiting and training health care professionals and addressing social determinants of health.

Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions announced to applicants at the beginning of each month. Small Grants cannot exceed $50,000.

Deadline: Rolling basis through 2021
Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)
Eligibility Requirements

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Grant Opportunities NOT Currently Open

Quarterly grants from Highmark’s BluePrints for the Community fund, administered by the DCF, support health-related projects, programs and supportive services. Preference will be given to programs that address the following BluePrints priority areas faced by Delaware’s communities.

Priority areas are: increasing access to health care for uninsured/underserved, reducing health disparities in minority communities, supporting early childhood development with initiatives focused on health, recruiting and training health care professionals, and addressing social determinants of health.

Occasional Special Grants focused on meeting a more specific need may be announced in place of Standard Grants.

2021 application periods:· QUARTER 4: Sept. 20 – Oct. 12, 11:59 pm (notifications week of Dec. 6)
Workshop Recording
Workshop Presentation pdf

Eligibility Requirements
Sample Application (for reference only – must apply online)

The Potter Trust, established by Colonel Benjamin Potter in 1843, is one of the oldest trusts in the nation and has helped the economically underprivileged in Kent County for 177 years.

Grants help Delaware-serving 501(c)3 organizations address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic.

Guidelines and eligibility
Sample Application (for reference only – must apply online)

The Roy Klein Education Fund supports nonprofits in Kent County who seek to improve life in central Delaware through economic development initiatives and education.

 

Grants support programs addressing addiction, substance abuse, and family services and programs including, but not limited to, treatment services, addiction prevention and education, mental health services, and organizations supporting families touched by addiction.

Sample application(for reference only – must apply online)
Next Gen South Grants Guidelines

Grants help Delaware-serving 501(c)3 organizations address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic.

Sample application(for reference only – must apply online)
Guidelines and eligibility
 Rubric

Grants of up to $2,500 available to New Castle County nonprofit organizations serving youth and young adults ages birth through 25 years who are underserved and at risk for not having the skills and support for a self-sufficient future.

2021 Rubric
Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

There are a variety of funds at the DCF that provide a structured opportunity for eligible nonprofits whose missions align with specific interest areas to apply for grants. These specific areas include:
– Small grants for arts in Wilmington
– Fulfillment of terminally ill children’s wishes
– Support animals and animal welfare

Specific Interest Grants Guidelines
Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

In 2021, grants will support organizations and initiatives working to build opportunity so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably, and thrive. Investments in youth success are made to organizations statewide that are enabling at-risk, traditionally disadvantaged youth to advance their personal development and resiliency, civic engagement, physical health, educational readiness and achievement from birth to post-secondary.

Focus Grants Guidelines

In 2021, grants will support organizations and initiatives working to build opportunity so all Delaware residents can overcome barriers to success, benefit equitably, and thrive. Investments in Delaware’s Latino communities are made to initiatives in Sussex County enabling English learners and their families to thrive through expanded educational and community supports and that are building capacity and collaboration of service providers and resources in communities.

Focus Grants Guidelines

In 2021, grants will support organizations and initiatives that significantly increase leader-of-color-led organizations amongst DCF grantees, support community-driven change, and provide capacity-building funding to support current and next-generation leaders’ long-term success.
Leadership in Community grants are supported by Barclays.

Focus Grants Guidelines

Grants will support initiatives statewide that relate to health, wellness, and life skills that lead to future economic self-sufficiency for girls and women in Delaware.

See application for specific focus areas.

The AAEFD funds causes important to the education, social and economic empowerment of African American Delawareans. Their grantmaking focus for 2019 will be education, and more specifically, higher education access and retention.

Next application cycle TBD.
Grant Application Assistance Document

Grant focus TBA.

Next application cycle TBD.

School Health and Health Equity
Grants will support projects focused on improving health in school settings. Potential grantees include school districts, individual schools and other stakeholders.

Creative Health Innovation Grants will support projects that focus on improving health and health equity and reach beyond incremental changes to explore ideas that are replicable and scalable to influence the future of health in Delaware. Potential grantees include those who may not be currently engaged in promoting health, but who are well connected to high risk communities/populations.

 

Grants support any nonprofit organization, including any qualified school (public or private) on the Delmarva Peninsula, with particular emphasis given to Western Sussex County.

2021 grants will support nonprofits that provide mental health and/or domestic violence services, with a preference for organizations that serve elderly, unhoused and/or uninsured community members.

Next application cycle opens Winter 2021.

2021 grants will support nonprofits that are advancing racial equity by building opportunity for all with special consideration for organizations providing arts, education, athletics and extracurricular activities.

Next application cycle opens Winter 2021.

2021 grants will support nonprofits that focus on addressing the social determinants of health, including but not limited to mental health, substance abuse, domestic abuse, homelessness and food insecurity. Preference will be given to organizations that support low-income families.

Next application cycle opens Winter 2021.

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