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DCF Awards $250,000 to 18 Nonprofits Serving BIPOC Communities Statewide

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The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), in partnership with the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware (AAEFD), has awarded $250,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) through the BIPOC Leaders and Communities Grants Program.  

“These grants are part of the DCF’s larger work to advance equity throughout the state and expand the communities served by philanthropy,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “Through these investments, we are supporting community-driven change and building capacity among nonprofit leaders and organizations throughout Delaware so they can continue to grow and thrive.” 

The 18 recipients are: 

Wilmington Children’s Chorus – $15,000 
Provide professional development for BIPOC teachers through the Rideout Teaching Fellowship program.  

Imperial Dynasty Arts Program – $15,000 
Help Wilmington students increase their critical thinking skills and academic abilities by teaching them how to play mallet instruments. 

Leading Youth Through Empowerment, Inc. – $10,000 
Support the growth and expansion of its BIPOC Youth Achievement program by welcoming 125 new scholars for the 2023-24 school year. 

Wilmington Hope Commission – $15,000 
Target and reduce violence and promote community well-being through supporting, empowering and assisting individuals moving into and out of incarceration. 

National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Delaware Chapter – $15,000 
Plan, grow and implement a new human resources system. 

Harambee Delaware Fund – $15,000 
Build capacity among Delaware’s nonprofit leaders of color via the Harambee Delaware program. 

Hispanic American Association of Delaware – $15,000 
Engage Latina youth to become volunteers, lead philanthropy and community efforts and pursue nonprofit careers. 

Code Purple Kent County – $15,000 
Increase the voice of housing-insecure individuals through representation. 

Center for Structural Equity – $10,000 
Employ Black and brown at-risk youth in its workforce development program and provide academic support. 

2023 Grantee RodneyStreet Tennis and Tutoring Association

Second Chances Foundation – $15,000 
Support mentorship of girls of color to help prepare them for the future through assessments, tutoring, health/wellness services and extracurricular activities. 

Network Delaware– $15,000 
Support the H.O.M.E.S. (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, Stability) campaign. 

Students Recover – $15,000 
Purchase the technology necessary to begin implementing programming and to start engaging donors. 

The Village Trees, Inc. – $10,000 
Hire a new fundraising consultant. 

RodneyStreet Tennis and Tutoring Association – $10,000 
Hire a new fundraising consultant. 

Connecting Generations – $15,000 
Hire program facilitators providing trauma-informed care in Sussex County schools. 

Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League – $15,000 
Provide an eight-week training program for previously incarcerated BIPOC adults and/or family members to build advocacy skills and provide resources to rejoin the workforce. 

True Access Capital Corporation – $15,000 
Underwrite the costs of consultants for research and finding BIPOC-owned small businesses looking for loans. 

ACLU of Delaware – $15,000  
Engage and mobilize parents to advocate for policy changes through their school boards. 

The DCF is committed to infusing equity into our work. In our effort to advance equity, we are engaging in new practices to amplify a broad range of voices and strengthen leaders who reflect the full diversity of Delaware demographics.  

The DCF’s BIPOC Leaders and Communities Grants are underwritten by a group of charitable funds created by generous people who believe in the DCF’s work to build opportunity and advance equity in the First State. For a full list of those funds, visit  

This year’s BIPOC Leaders and Communities Grants were also supported by gifts from DuPont, Corteva and the First State Fund at the DCF.