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DCF Awards $256,000 in Grants

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From vocational training for at-risk youth to therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities, this year’s capital grants from the Delaware Community Foundation will benefit thousands of Delawareans statewide.

The DCF has awarded a total of $256,000 in 2019 capital grants to 15 organizations around the state. This year’s recipients are:

2019 Capital Grants

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The Challenge Program – $25,000
To support construction of a new furniture manufacturing facility. The Challenge Program provides vocational training for Delaware’s at-risk youth.

Downtown Visions – $19,000
To enable safety updates, space redesign and technology improvements to their offices. Downtown Visions creates a quality environment for people who live, work and visit downtown Wilmington.

Bellevue Community Center – $19,119
To support the installation of a new state-of-the-art security system. Bellevue Community Center provides affordable and accessible educational, recreational, self-enrichment and family support services.

Family Promise of Northern New Castle County – $14,000
To support important upgrades to essential infrastructure at both of their facilities. Family Promise works to prevent and end homelessness for families.

Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center – $15,000
To replace a playground and the primary HVAC system and for other necessary building upgrades. Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center provides supplemental educational activities for youth in the Hilltop area of Wilmington.

Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR) – $22,140
To eliminate the flooding and moisture problem in the basement of its North Wilmington location. SOAR provides professional mental health services to victims of sexual trauma and their families.

West End Neighborhood House, Inc. – $20,000
To support necessary repairs and upgrades at six transitional residences. West End Neighborhood House works to help former foster care youth aging out of the system achieve self-sufficiency.

Wilmington Senior Center – $10,000
To support new flooring at its facility. The Wilmington Senior Center provides services, opportunities and partnerships for older adults.

Delaware Public Media – $17,000
To support weatherization of Delaware Public Media’s downlink satellite and a back-up generator at the transmitter site. Delaware Public Media provides noncommercial news, information and digital content.

Mom’s House Inc. of Dover – $9,600
To replace the roof. Mom’s House provides free childcare to low-income, single parents wishing to continue their education.

CHEER, Inc. – $23,170
To purchase and install a walk-in refrigeration unit. CHEER provides programs and services to help aging Sussex County residents maintain their independence.

La Red Health Center – $20,000
To support dental suite renovation costs. La Red provides quality patient-centered care to the diverse members of the Sussex County community.

Laurel Public Library – $12,900
To support upgrades to better accommodate children with autism, sensory issues or limited mobility. The Laurel Public Library works to meet the educational, recreational and informational needs of the community.

Southern Delaware Therapeutic & Recreational Horseback Riding (SDTR) – $14,000
To support the installation of a fire protection system. SDTR works to improve the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults living with disabilities.

Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services, Inc. – $15,000
To support the renovation of the Crisis House kitchen. Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services provides emergency and transitional housing to the homeless.

Since 1989, the Delaware Community Foundation has distributed nearly $7 million in capital grants. These are funded by the Delaware Forever Fund, which consists of gifts made to the DCF for discretionary grantmaking.

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 make a long-term difference.”

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