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DCF Awards $322,100 in Potter Trust Grants to Help Kent Countians in Need

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The Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $322,100 in Potter Trust Grants to Kent County nonprofit organizations providing services ranging from emergency food and shelter to medical care for low-income children.

The grants were awarded from the Benjamin F. Potter Trust, which was created in 1843 and is one of the oldest continuing trusts of its type in the nation. The purpose of the Potter Trust is to aid the economically underprivileged in Kent County by supporting charitable organizations serving these individuals.

The CenDel Foundation, which brings expertise in needs in Kent County, serves as the grant recommendation committee. The Potter Trust grants target crisis/emergency assistance funding for basic needs, homelessness, hunger and health care. This year the committee also considered needs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis.

This year’s grantees are:

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, $46,500 for the New Street Initiative  

Milford Housing Development Corporation (MHDC), $46,500 for the MHDC Home Repair Program  

First State Community Action Agency, $35,000 for basic needs/crisis assistance support  

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wilmington, $35,000 for homeless prevention service   

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, $30,000 for “A Closet for Kids”  

YWCA Delaware Inc, $10,000 for the Survivors’ Emergency Needs Fund  

Harry K Foundation, $25,600 to address food security for vulnerable children in Kent County   

Green Beret Project, $25,000 to support basic needs for youth in Dover 

Children’s Beach House, Inc, $5,500 for Youth Development Program Emergency Support   

Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc., $6,000 for the Christmas/Holiday Program 2021   

Hope Medical-Dental Clinic, Inc., $20,000 for dental care, women’s care, and outreach to homeless & low-income families 

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, $15,000 for housing & support services for low to moderate income Kent County families  

Orchard Church Inc., $12,000 for Orchard Church Service Ministries  

Code Purple Kent County, $10,000 for the Code Purple Rescue and Restore Program