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DCF Announces 2019 Capital Grants

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Delaware nonprofits are invited to apply for the Delaware Community Foundation’s 2019 Capital Grants.

These grants support projects that have a lasting, positive impact. Capital grants 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. Generally, grants will not exceed $25,000 other than on rare occasions due to their exceptional merits, based on the discretion of the DCF Grants Committee.

For 2019, approximately $250,000 will be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve Delawareans. Applications must be submitted online at Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m., Feb. 22, 2019.

Over the years, the DCF has awarded nearly $5 million in capital and equipment grants, funded through the State of Delaware Fund and other field-of-interest endowments. Last year, the DCF allocated more than $250,000 in capital grants.

All applicants will be notified of the Grants Committee’s decision in writing by April 30, 2019.


The DCF will host two optional workshops to help applicants become familiar with the program and online application. Participants will leave with clear expectations of the next steps in applying for funding. Workshops will be held:

  • Friday, Feb. 1, 9:30-11 a.m., Wilmington Public Library, Commons Room
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, 3:30-5 p.m., Georgetown Public Library, Meeting Room A

Participants must register by Jan. 31 at Participation in workshops is optional and will not influence funding decisions. 

“Capital grants enable nonprofit organizations to complete work that will benefit their communities for years to come,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “Each year, we receive dozens of applications, indicating a real need for help with capital projects that nonprofits’ funding doesn’t usually cover.”

For more information, please contact Sarah Grunewald at 302.504.5267 or [email protected].

About the Delaware Community Foundation  

The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to improve the lives of the people of Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit or call 302.571.8004.