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Delaware Community Foundation Awards Nearly $250,000 in Capital Grants

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Providing more accessibility, meals and other essential services, this year’s capital grants from the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) will benefit thousands of Delawareans.  

The DCF has awarded a total of $242,753 in 2024 capital grants to 20 organizations around the state. Grants are underwritten by the Delaware Forever Fund and other funds supporting the capital needs of nonprofits throughout Delaware. This year’s recipients are:  

2024 Capital Grants 

Newark Union Church – $3,850 
Install an accessible walkway to help those with mobility issues move between buildings 

Tether Foundation – $15,000 

Purchase a mobile utility trailer for storage and to help transport equipment used for events throughout the state 

Imperial Dynasty Arts Program – $20,000 

Purchase drum equipment for use in a partnership program with Howard High School 

Wilmington Delaware Area Rotary Clubs Community Fund – $10,000 

Build a ninja warrior park for children 13 years-old and older of all abilities 

La Red Health Center – $20,000 

Purchase diabetic retinopathy equipment 

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity – $10,000 

Purchase construction equipment to assist in building and finishing affordable homes in Kent County 

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware – $10,000 

Build fencing for its youth enrichment center 

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore – $10,000 

Renovate two bathrooms onsite to include touchless technology 

Challenge Program – $10,000 

Repair roof and downspout of its Construction Training and Education Center facility, where students gain vocational skills and paid work experience 

Wilmington HOPE Commission – $20,000 

Help with acquiring land for its new skills center 

First State Community Action Agency – $20,000 

Renovate the La Casita Afterschool Program building, including a ramp, the entryway and restrooms 

Wilmington Senior Center – $14,203 

Renovate its commercial kitchen to improve waste disposal, food preparation and food storage 

Bellevue Community Center – $7,200 

Upgrade and renovate five classrooms to provide a safe, healthy and inclusive environment 

West End Neighborhood House – $20,000 

Renovations to a future foster home in Kent County 

Delaware Adolescence Program, Inc. – $10,000 

Renovate its New Castle County center with an improved security system, rebuild the porch at its Kent County center so children can play outside during inclement weather and enhance the Wi-Fi at its Sussex County center 

Community Resource Center – $10,000 

Renovate its food pantry for better climate and pest control to create a better working environment for volunteers and visitors 

Nanticoke Senior Center – $2,500 

Purchase commercial kitchen equipment to better serve its community 

Freedom Center for Independent Living – $10,000 

Renovate its new office with an accessible front door and emergency back door, the office kitchen with greater accessibility to the sink and microwave and the office windows so operating them is easier for those with mobility and/or dexterity challenges 

The ARC of Delaware – $10,000 

Renovation of a group home to improve accessibility, longevity and safety 

Community Collaboration of Delaware – $10,000 

Renovate its Smallwood House to improve the living conditions for residents 

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 can be requested to assist with the acquisition, final-stage design, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, or other capital improvements of facilities, so nonprofits in all three counties can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Capital grants typically range from $5,000 to $20,000. 

“These capital grants allow nonprofits to start and/or complete capital projects to help grow their impact, make a lasting difference for all Delawareans and enable the organizations to focus on serving the community at large,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said.