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21 Grants Awarded In Latest Round of Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund Grants

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Fund has now awarded more than $3.6 million since it launched March 18, 2020

The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund’s Community Needs Grants program at the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $210,000 to 21 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

These general operating grants, each in the amount of $10,000, will allow organizations to use funds as needed to continue to operate in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees are:

  • Be Ready Community Development Corporation
  • Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc.
  • Central Baptist CDC
  • Clothing Our Kids
  • Code Purple
  • Contact Lifeline, Inc.
  • Delaware Children’s Theatre
  • Delaware Zoological Society
  • Delmarva Clergy United In Social Action Foundation
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware
  • ITN Southern Delaware, Inc
  • Leading Youth Through Empowerment
  • Literacy Delaware
  • Milton Community Food Pantry
  • Nanticoke Indian Association Inc.
  • Paws for People
  • Read Aloud Delaware
  • Rehoboth Beach Historical Society
  • Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services, Inc
  • The Precision Institute
  • Wilmington Children’s Chorus

Launched on March 18, 2020, the fund has awarded $3.6 million to more than 150 Delaware nonprofits thus far. The next round of Community Needs Grants will be announced soon.

The Community Needs Grants Program is a partnership with Philanthropy Delaware. For more information, visit To see the impact of the fund over the past year, visit

About the Fund

The Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise.

The fund, a partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation, Barclays, New Castle County, Welfare Foundation, CSC, Crestlea Foundation, Fund for Women, Highmark, Jesse Ball Du Pont Fund, Laffey-McHugh, Discover, DCF, DuPont, Gates Foundation, Jeff and Rhonda Banning Foundation, Comenity Bank, M&T, WSFS Bank, Fulton Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One, TD Bank and others.

Nearly 300 individual donors have donated $135,300. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need. 

The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

To contribute, visit