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.

Please review our Grantee Publicity Guidelines.

The program’s two key goals are to provide capacity-building funding to support BIPOC leaders and support community-driven change in traditionally underrepresented communities. These grants are offered in partnership with the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware.

Guidelines

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Sample Application (for reference only – must apply online)

Register for Optional Grant Workshop Jan. 31, 1-2 pm (Register by Jan. 28, 5 pm.)

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 2022
Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)
Eligibility Requirements

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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.

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

Sample Application (for reference only – must apply online)

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Grant Opportunities NOT Currently Open

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.

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.

Workshop Recording

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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.

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 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)

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.

 

2022 grants will support nonprofits that focus on supporting vulnerable communities with student success (before, during and/or after school), workforce development and/or food insecurity. Preference will be given to organizations that support immigrant/minority families with students in elementary and secondary school.

Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

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2022 grants will support nonprofits that promote equitable education for individuals experiencing mental health issues, or are in the foster care system, or who have learning disabilities.

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2022 grants will support nonprofits that provide assistance for mental health and healthcare services for the underprivileged and uninsured community.

Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

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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 statewide
– Fulfillment of terminally ill children’s wishes
– Support animals and animal welfare

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

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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.

2022 Application Periods

  • Quarter 1 application opens December 13, 2021
    • Deadline Jan. 10, 11:59 pm
    • Notifications Week of March 21
  • Quarter 2 application opens March 21, 2022
    • Deadline April 11, 11:59 pm
    • Notifications Week of June 20
  • Quarter 3 application opens July 11, 2022
    • Deadline Aug. 1, 11:59 pm
    • Notifications Week of Oct. 3
  • Quarter 4 application opens September 19, 2022
    • Deadline Oct. 10, 11:59 pm
    • Notifications Week of Dec. 19

(notification dates are approximate and subject to change)

Eligibility Requirements

Sample Application (for reference only – must apply online)

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