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DCF Awards $298,000 in Grants Statewide

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From repairing a school roof to providing affordable housing for low-income seniors, this year’s capital grants from the Delaware Community Foundation will benefit thousands of Delawareans statewide.

The DCF has awarded a total of $298,000 in 2018 capital grants to 18 organizations around the state.

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 continue to make a difference.”

2018 Capital Grants

Brandywine Valley SPCA                                                                                                    $23,750

To support renovations to the Georgetown facility.

H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club                                                                                $15,000 

To support renovation of an existing weight room to be converted into a recording studio and an audio/visual games room.

Children & Families First                                                                                                        $7,500 

To support renovations to the Georgetown facility.

Delaware Botanic Gardens                                                                                                  $25,000

To support the construction of a welcome center.

Delaware Botanic Gardens

Delaware Theatre Company                                                                                                $25,000

To support improvements to the theater’s HVAC system.

Elizabeth W. Murphey School                                                                                             $15,000 

To support the construction of a maintenance shop in what was once a boiler room on the property.

Habitat for Humanity New Castle County                                                                          $15,000

To support the renovation of Habitat’s main office and the ReStore in Price’s Corner.

H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club

Ingleside Homes, Inc                                                                                                            $12,000

To support renovations to the kitchen and laundry areas.

Lewes Senior Activity Center                                                                                              $20,000

To support a capital campaign to renovate existing space, add more parking, and include new outdoor amenities.

Mary Campbell Center                                                                                                         $25,000

To support expansion of the dining area, nursing station, case managers’ office, support station, and physical therapy room.

Music School of Delaware                                                                                                   $15,000

To support repairs to the school’s roof.

NCALL                                                                                                                                   $20,000

To support the “Restoring Central Dover” project, a major community development initiative focused on revitalizing the downtown area.

Ingleside Homes

Peoples Place II, Inc.                                                                                                            $15,000

To support conversion of a storage trailer to useful workshop space at this emergency family shelter.

Primeros Pasos                                                                                                                     $11,250

To support the construction of the third and final building of the new Early Learning Center.

Sacred Heart Housing, Inc.                                                                                                   $15,000

To support the construction of the Village of St. John, which will provide affordable housing for low-income seniors.


Primeros Pasos

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity                                                                                  $15,000

To support interior renovations to the Race Street property, which houses up to eight AmeriCorps volunteers.

United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware                                                                                      $3,500

To support renovations to pavilions at Camp Lenape.

Westside Family Healthcare                                                                                                $20,000

To support roof repair and replacement at its Wilmington health facility.