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DCF Awards $95,670 in Specific Interest Grants

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This year, the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) awarded $95,670 in specific interest grants to 15 nonprofit organizations around the state. 

Specific interest funds – created by donors to support issues they are particularly passionate about – provide grants for nonprofits and programs that work within specific areas of activity or populations and currently focus on small grants for the arts, fulfillment of terminally ill children’s wishes and support animals and animal welfare.  

The 2023 recipients are: 

Arts in Wilmington – through the Dave Ryerson Fund and the Beekhuis Community Fund: 

Grand Opera House – $2,500 
To support the Grand’s Sensory-Friendly Family Programming 

Read Aloud Delaware – $2,500 
To support early childhood literacy with music, movement and storytelling 

YWCA Delaware, Inc. – $2,325 
To support art therapy at the Home-Life Management Center 

First State Ballet Theatre – $2,500 
To support the Danceworks! outreach program  

Native Roots Farm Foundation – $2,500 
To support “The Beauty Around Us: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Plants, & Art” 

Wilmington Renaissance Corporation – $2,500 
To support the Art for Wellness program 

Wilmington Children’s Chorus, Inc. – $2,500 
To support Summer of Song 2023 

Latin American Community Center – $2,500 
To support the ArtAddiction art competition 

Fulfillment of Terminally Ill Children’s Wishes – through the Walls & Turner Charitable Fund: 

Make-A-Wish – $15,000 
To enable more of Delaware’s critically ill children to receive wishes 

Support Animals and Animal Welfare – through the Walls & Turner Charitable Fund and the Freida Dolby Fund: 

Junior Achievement of Delaware, Inc. – $3,000 
To support the JA BizTown: Animal Welfare Shelter program 

Forgotten Cats – $11,569 
To support the Sussex County Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return (TNVR) Project 

Faithful Friends Animal Society – $11,569 
To support the Hope Center 

Brandywine Valley SPCA – $11,569 
To support the TNVR Program 

Canine Partners for Life – $11,569 
To support team training for future partnerships between service canines and individuals in need 

Friends of Animals – $11,569 
To support a program to meet the needs of Delaware dogs, cats, new pet owners and veterinarian professionals