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Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund Vision Grants Open Monday for Applications

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The Vision Grants Program, part of the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, will begin accepting applications on June 28, 2021.

Through the Vision Grants Program, the fund will invest in interventions and initiatives that will address community challenges. Vision Grants will support bold solutions, innovation, and collaboration in moving beyond “business as usual” or the status quo.

The goal of the Vision Grants Program is to improve service to Delaware communities by helping organizations:

  • Institute innovative approaches to address systemic issues that impact Delaware and that no one organization could solve independently. This could include for-profit/nonprofit joint ventures, public-private partnerships, coordination in a geographic area, and/or issue-area collaborations.
  • Reposition and/or integrate services across multiple agencies where current operating models no longer fit or can be improved, creating catalytic impact on the partners’ capacity effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and financial health.
  • Merge in cases in which two or more organizations can increase effectiveness, sustainability and better serve their constituencies by joining together than remaining separate.

For full details and to apply, visit

About the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund

The Strategic Response Fund was established to address the state’s emerging and evolving needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees are selected through a rigorous process that involves a diverse team of more than 50 community leaders representing all three counties and a range of areas of expertise.

The fund, a partnership of the DCF and Philanthropy Delaware (PD), includes generous gifts from the Longwood Foundation, Barclays, New Castle County, Welfare Foundation, CSC, Crestlea Foundation, Fund for Women, Highmark, Jesse Ball Du Pont Fund, Laffey-McHugh, Discover, DCF, DuPont, Gates Foundation, Jeff and Rhonda Banning Foundation, Comenity Bank, M&T, WSFS Bank, Fulton Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One, TD Bank and others.

Nearly 300 individual donors have donated $135,300. The DCF also has waived all administrative fees for this fund, so that 100 percent of the funds are going to organizations helping people in need.                                                                       

The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The DCF, DANA, PD and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.