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DCF Awards $253K in Grants to Nonprofits Statewide

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From renovating drug treatment facilities to providing safe playground equipment, this year’s capital grants from the Delaware Community Foundation will benefit thousands of Delawareans statewide.

The DCF has awarded a total of $253,152 in 2017 capital grants to 18 organizations around the state. This year’s recipients are:



DCF grants committee chair Andy Staton (far left) and DCF vice president for community engagement Rick Deadwyler (far right) present a capital grant of $22,750 to CAMP Rehoboth executive director Steve Elkins and board member Leslie Sinclair.

CAMP Rehoboth Inc. (Sussex) — $22,750 for infrastructure repairs and replacements to the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.

Children’s Beach House, Inc. (Sussex) $20,000 for interior building renovations, including workspace upgrades and the installation of a new, efficient communications system.

Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (NCC) — $10,000 for renovations to its Harrison Street property, which will house Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union and the primary offices of DCRAC.

Delaware Guidance Services (Sussex) — $10,727 for the resurfacing of the existing driveway at its Lewes site.

Delaware Hospice, Inc. (NCC) — $10,000 for a seating alcove in the new Delaware Hospice Center Reception Area.

Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s (NCC) $25,000 for expansion of its counseling services through the renovation of its recently purchased property.

Gateway House, Inc. (NCC) — $10,000 for exterior and interior capital improvements including lighting, security cameras, parking lot installation, signage, exterior painting and roof.

Gaudenzia Inc. (NCC) — $10,000 for the renovation of a building in Claymont that will become a facility providing a range of treatment options to men and women battling substance abuse and mental illness.

Limen House, Inc. (NCC) — $10,000 for renovations to the HVAC systems, the kitchen and other areas of the men’s house in downtown Wilmington.

Lutheran Community Services, Inc. (NCC) — $25,000 for a drainage and water abatement project threatening the food pantry at LCS’s headquarters.

M.O.T. Senior Center (NCC) — $21,000 for HVAC upgrades.

Ministry of Caring Inc. (NCC) — $5,000 for window upgrades at Emmanuel Dining Room West and Hope House II.

Nature Conservancy (NCC) — $15,000 for installation of a new floating dock at the Edward H. McCabe Preserve in Milton.

Newark Day Nursery & Children’s Center (NCC) — $6,000 for playground upgrades including correcting drainage issues, installing a rubber fall surface, and purchasing play equipment.

DCF grants committee member Tom Hanson (wearing suit) presents a capital grant check for $20,000 to Police Athletic League of Wilmington executive director Bunny Miller (center) and youth director Chris Purnell (next to Miller).

Police Athletic League of Wilmington (NCC) — $20,000 for the purchase of room dividers for PALW’s common room and carpeting for the library.

Seaford District Library (Sussex) — $12,875 for replacement of the carpeting with laminate flooring in the library’s meeting room.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. (NCC) — $9,800 for repairs to the brickwork at the historic John C. Vansant House on Tri-State’s property.

YMCA of Delaware (NCC) — $10,000 for the capital campaign to expand the Brandywine YMCA.

Since 1989, the Delaware Community Foundation has distributed more than $6.5 million in capital grants. These are funded by the Delaware Forever Fund, which consists of gifts made to the DCF for discretionary grant making.

Capital grants support projects that have a lasting, positive impact on the population served by the organization. They may be used to fund construction, renovation or repair of buildings, and/or land purchases. Capital grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000, but can be awarded for up to $25,000.

“We are so glad we can help nonprofit organizations invest in their infrastructure so they can continue to provide services,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “These capital grants allow organizations to continue to make a difference.”