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Delaware Community Foundation Awards $177,224 in Capital Grants

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From expanding a food pantry to building a safe playground, this year’s Capital Grants from the Delaware Community Foundation will benefit thousands of Delawareans statewide.

The DCF has awarded a total of $177,224 in 2021 Capital Grants to 13 organizations around the state. Grants are underwritten by the Delaware Forever Fund and the Elisabeth and Richard Poole Capital Fund for Delaware History and the Fine Arts. This year’s recipients are:

2021 Capital Grants

  • Catholic Charities, Inc. – $15,000
    Pantry expansion and improvement project at the Thrift Center food pantry location in the low-income Riverside neighborhood of northeast Wilmington
  • Cornerstone West Community Development Corporation – $15,000
    Community playground project at Cool Spring and Tilton Parks, Wilmington
  • Delaware Art Museum – $17,800
    ADA-compliant bathroom renovations and security upgrades
  • Down Syndrome Association of Delaware – $20,000
    New office space for a social enterprise meal preparation company that will hire adults with Down Syndrome
  • Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s (FCCSP) – $10,000
    Construction of a confidential and safe space for counseling and case management
  • Fort Miles Historical Association – $7,500
    Installation of ADA-compliant doors
  • Jefferson Street Center, Inc. – $8,500
    Recreation and safety equipment for the center’s new Gathering Place Community Hub
  • Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc. – $15,000
    Restroom remodel
  • Milton Historical Society – $15,000
    Basement waterproofing
  • Rehoboth Beach Historical Society – $10,000
    HVAC system update
  • Salvation Army – $10,000
    Security improvements 
  • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity – pictured – $18,424
    Construction equipment
  • Wilmington Alliance – $15,000
    Construction of a kitchen incubator to provide an affordable, high-quality commercial kitchen for entrepreneurs including food truck owners, bakers and caterers

Since 1989, the Delaware Community Foundation has distributed over $7 million in capital grants. These are primarily 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 build opportunity in Delaware,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “These capital grants allow organizations to make a long-term difference in quality of life for all Delawareans.”