Specific Interest Grants

There are a variety of funds at the DCF that provide a structured opportunity for eligible nonprofits whose missions align with specific interest areas to apply for grants. In 2024, these funds awarded a total of $144,500 to 34 nonprofit organizations statewide.

For more information about the DCF’s grantmaking process, visit delcf.org/grants or contact Yolanda Rushdan at 302.504.5239.

2024 Recipients

  • Delaware Futures ($7,500) – Support “Success One Student at a Time”

  • Autism Delaware ($5,000) – Support the expansion of its Challenger Leagues

  • First State Squash ($7,500) – Support First State Squash’s athletic program

  • RodneyStreet Tennis and Tutoring Association ($7,500) – Support Tennis Enrichment Community Outreach and Teen Workforce Development

  • Green Beret Project ($7,500) – Support the Keep It Moving initiative 

  • Wilmington Children’s Chorus ($2,000) – Support its Summer of Song Music Festival 
  • Bellevue Community Center ($2,000) – Support “Empowering Edgemoor: Creating Access to Cultural and Artistic Experiences” 
  • Green Beret Project ($2,000) – Support its “Color Your World” art challenge to foster creativity and color the walls of its community center

  • Delaware Futures ($2,000) – Support Arts for Teens in Delaware to expose teens to art and practice arts and crafts 

  • Latin American Community Center ($2,000) – Support ArtAddiction 2024, its annual competition exploring addiction and recovery themes through art

  • Delaware Shakespeare Festival ($2,000) – Support its “Shakespeare, Poe, and Friends” program

  • Gamma Theta Lamda Education Foundation, Inc. ($2,000) – Support its Diamond State Black Film Festival
     
  • Easterseals Delaware & MD Eastern Shore ($2,000) – Support its Artfulness program to bring in community artists to teach art classes

  • First State Ballet ($2,000) – Support Danceworks, which provides free weekly dance instruction to students from schools in Wilmington
     
  • The Delaware Contemporary ($2,000) – Support its Art Residency Cohort (ARC) 

  • Neighborhood House ($2,500) – Support the organization providing transformational Programming to At-Risk, African-American Youth in Southbridge
     
  • Delaware Futures ($2,500) – Support its Crisis Fund that helps students receive basic needs related to food, healthcare, housing, clothing or essential school supplies 
  • Culture Restoration Project ($2,500) – Support its Sankofa Rites of Passage Institute 
  • Wilmington Children’s Chorus ($2,500) – Support its Ridout Teaching Fellowship 
  • Delaware Academy of Vocal Arts ($2,500) – Support its Summer Institute for Vocal Arts Apprentices
     
  • Leading Youth Through Empowerment (LYTE) ($2,500) – Support the LYTE Scholars Program 

  • Nehemiah Gateway CDC ($4,000) – Support the Tennis Rocks Summer Read-A-Thon and Dinner Program

  • Neighborhood House ($3,000) – Support its programming in Southbridge
     
  • Friendship House ($2,500) – Support its School Uniform Project to provide uniforms to Delaware public and charter schools

  • Jobs for Delaware Grads ($2,500) – Support a work-based learning program

  • Delaware Futures ($2,500) – Support “Success One Student at a Time”

  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay ($2,500) –  Support its Community Initiatives Program

  • Humane Animal Partners ($7,500) Support the organization’s food pantry

  • Forgotten Cats ($7,500) Support adoption preparation for Sussex County cats
     
  • Friends of Animals ($7,500) Support the organization’s Spray and Neuter program

  • Faithful Friends Animal Society ($7,500)Support its Safety Net Services to ensure companion animals with their families

  • Canine Partners for Life ($10,000) – Support team training for future partnerships
     
  • Southern DE Therapeutic Riding ($10,000) – Support the EquiMentors Foundation Training Program

  • Brandywine Valley SPCA ($7,500) Support trapping, neuter/spraying, vaccination and release of Delaware cats 

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