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.


Most DCF grants are from donor advised funds. Nonprofits are invited to apply for the grant opportunities on this page, including the DCF’s Community Impact Grants, which are funded by generous donors who believe in our work to build opportunity and advance equity in Delaware.

Read about our 2022 Community Impact Grants.

Grant Opportunities Currently Open

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

Please review our Grantee Publicity Guidelines.

Grants awarded will be $500 – $5,000 to nonprofit organizations working to address community needs in Georgetown and Millsboro.

Nonprofits organizations located in Georgetown or Millsboro will be given priority, but other organizations based in Wilmington can apply if they are a state agency.

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 4 application opens September 19, 2022
    • Deadline Oct. 10, 11:59 pm
    • Notifications Week of Dec. 19

2023 dates will be available soon.

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Grant Opportunities NOT Currently Open

Grants supports programs addressing addiction treatment, family services, emergency housing and homelessness prevention. 

The Next Gen South Grant total is $10,000.

Since its inception in 2012, Next Gen South has supported initiatives that address the underlying social challenges facing vulnerable Delawareans in Kent and Sussex. 

Sample application(for reference only – must apply online)

Next Gen South Grants Guidelines

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.

The 2022 Small grant program has ended for the year. You may apply for consideration in the Q4 Standard program or wait until the next Small program opens in January 2023.

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

 

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

The fund supports economic development and education programs in Kent County, Del., and is available to all 501(c)(3) organizations in Kent County or organizations that run programming that directly benefit the county.  

The maximum award is $3,000.

Sample application (for reference only – must apply online)

Nonprofit organizations supporting the needy in Kent County are invited to apply for grants from the Benjamin F. Potter Trust through the Delaware Community Foundation.

The purpose of the Benjamin F. Potter Trust, created in 1843 and one of the oldest continuing trusts of its type in the nation, is to aid the economically underprivileged in Kent County by supporting charitable organizations serving these individuals. The CenDel Foundation, which brings expertise in needs in Kent County, serves as the grant recommendation committee. The areas of focus considered for funding are: 

  • Crisis/emergency assistance funding for basic needs 
  • Homelessness 
  • Hunger 
  • Health care 

Grants will support proposals for charitable organizations and activities involving programs that have a lasting, positive impact on Kent County.  

The Trust will award approximately $360,000 in 2022 to qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that serve Kent County. 

All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in August 2022. For more information, please contact Mike DiPaolo at 302.355.6933. To find out more about CenDel, visit www.cendelfoundation.org. 

Sample Application (for reference only – must apply online)

The First State Food System Program, administered by the Delaware Council on Farm & Food Policy (a subset of the Delaware Department of Agriculture) provides grant funding to entities that grow, process, store, transport, distribute, or sell food in the State of Delaware. The DCF is facilitating the grant application process, but this is not a grant program of the DCF. All questions should be directed to the Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy at DDA_FarmandFoodPolicy@delaware.gov.

Full program information.

Deadline: TBD

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)

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)

Workshop Recording

2022 application is now closed. The 2023 application will be available in January.

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

Book “Office Hours”

Rubric

Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

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.

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.

Sample Application(for reference only – must apply online)

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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
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