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DCF Awards $295K in Capital & Equipment Grants Statewide

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From purchasing a septic system at ARC of Delaware in Kent to replacing the roof of the Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth office in Sussex, this year’s capital and equipment grants from the Delaware Community Foundation will benefit thousands of Delawareans statewide.

The DCF has awarded a total of $295,392 in 2016 capital/equipment grants to 24 organizations around the state. This year’s recipients are:

2016 Capital Grants (13 grants = $260,392)

ARC of Delaware (Kent)                                                                                                          $25,000

To purchase and install a septic system in a group home that houses four women
with physical and developmental disabilities.

CHEER (Sussex)                                                                                                                    $20,430

For renovations to the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center.

Claymont Community Center (NCC)                                                                                       $25,000

To upgrade the center with new heating and air-conditioning units.

Exceptional Care for Children (NCC)                                                                                      $25,000

To support renovations in facilities for skilled therapy, play therapy and education.

Food Bank of Delaware (Kent/Sussex)                                                                                    $11,500

To repair the loading dock at the Milford facility.

Frederica Senior Center (Kent)                                                                                               $20,000

To expand the center to provide additional space for fitness and recreation programs for seniors.

Friendship House (NCC)                                                                                                        $12,745        

To upgrade bathrooms in 12 transitional housing units.

Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center (NCC)                                                                         $20,000

To construct a parking lot to alleviate parking issues for staff and daycare families.

Latin American Community Center (NCC)                                                                              $22,200

To replace and repair sidewalks, steps and disability ramps at two facilities.

Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth (Sussex)                                                                          $6,000

To replace the roof on the organization’s office in Lewes.

Planned Parenthood of Delaware (Kent & NCC)                                                                      $22,517

To upgrade the security systems at the Wilmington, Newark and Dover sites.

Rehoboth Beach Film Society (Sussex)                                                                                 $25,000

To create the brand new RBFS Cinema Art Theater in Lewes.

St. Michaels School & Nursery (NCC)                                                                                    $25,000

To support replacement of the theater’s roof.

2016 Equipment Grants (11 grants = $35,000)

Autism Delaware (NCC & Sussex)                                                                                          $2,000

To purchase a laptop workstation and related equipment.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware (Statewide)                                                                   $2,097

To support the purchase of portable projectors and tablets.

Delaware Humane Association (NCC)                                                                                      $2,500              

To purchase stainless steel pet cages.

Delmarva Clergy United in Social Action (Sussex)                                                                  $5,000

To purchase beds and bedding for DCUSA’s home for boys aging out of foster care.

Friends of Wilmington Parks (NCC)                                                                                        $1,719                 

For the purchase of a portable audio system to be used for musical events.

Life Center Complex, Inc. (NCC)                                                                                              $7,000

To purchase a fetal monitor/non-stress machine.

Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults (NCC)                                                                               $1,452

To replace the hot water tank that serves residents at the long-term housing and support

services facility

Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association (NCC)                                                           $1,000

To assist in the purchase of laptops for tutoring programs.

Serenity Place (Kent)                                                                                                              $5,752

To assist in the purchase of home furnishing and computers for the transitional residence.

Sussex Community Crisis Housing Serves (Sussex)                                                               $4,480

To purchase HVAC units for two of its transitional facilities.

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research (NCC)                                                                              $2,000

To assist in the purchase of a high-speed color copier.

Since 1989, the Delaware Community Foundation has distributed more than $6.5 million in capital grants. These are funded by the State of Delaware Fund and other funds established by generous individuals and organizations.

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. Equipment grants are for the purchase of equipment essential for an organization to provide services, and generally range between $2,000 and $7,000, but can also be awarded for a maximum of $10,000.

“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.”