Delaware Community Foundation Awards $338,238 in Capital Grants


Wilmington, DE – Fred Sears II, Delaware Community Foundation President and CEO, announced that the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $338,238 in capital grants to 35 Delaware nonprofit organizations. This is the largest number of awards the Foundation has made for capital projects and equipment since the grantmaking program began in 1990. Over the years, the DCF has given 406 capital grants totaling $4,238,312, funded mainly through the State of Delaware Fund. Unrestricted endowment and field-of-interest funds also contribute to these grants.

Designed to support projects that have a lasting, positive impact on the population or region served by the organization, capital grants may be used to fund construction, major renovation or repair of buildings and/or the purchase of land as well as to a limited degree, the purchase of needed equipment. This year’s awards ranged from $1,400 to $20,000.

“Given the economic challenges this year, these capital grants will enable many nonprofit organizations to use other funding sources to support programs for the people they serve rather than for capital improvements,” Sears noted. “We received 93 requests this year; evidence that there is a strong need for help with building projects and equipment purchases that nonprofits’ funding typically does not cover.”

Organizations addressing a wide range of the needs of Delawareans were beneficiaries of this year’s grantmaking program including:

Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn, DE, capital grant, $10,000

Child, Inc., Wilmington, DE, equipment grant, $5,000

Children & Families First, Wilmington, DE, equipment grant, $2,500

Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware, Inc., Dover, DE, equipment grant, $7,500

Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $5,000

Claymont Community Center, Claymont, DE, equipment grant, $2,000

Claymore Senior Center, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $5,000

Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, Newark, DE, equipment grant, $2,000

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $6,706

Delaware Children’s Theatre, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, 10,000

Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth, Inc., Wilmington, DE, equipment grant, $2,200

Delaware HIV Consortium, Wilmington, DE, equipment grant, $1,400

Delaware SPCA, Newark, DE, capital grant, $15,000

Elizabeth W. Murphey School, Dover, DE, capital grant, $20,000

Frederica Senior Center, Inc., Frederica, DE, capital grant, $10,000

Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County, Inc., Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $10,000

Greater Dover Foundation, Dover, DE, capital grant, $20,000

Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $10,000

Homeless Planning Council of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, equipment grant for $1,500

Junior Achievement of Delaware, Inc., Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $10,000

Latin American Community Center, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $10,000

Light Up the Queen Foundation, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $5,000

Milford Senior Center, Inc., Milford, DE, capital grant, $15,000

Ministry of Caring, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $15,000

Neighborhood House, Inc., Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $15,000

New Castle Public Library, New Castle, DE, capital grant, $12,500

People’s Place II, Inc., Milford, DE, capital grant, $19,500

Reading ASSIST Institute, Wilmington, DE, equipment grant, $2,000

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $10,000

St. Michael’s School & Nursery, Inc., Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $15,000

Sussex Community Crisis Housing Service, Georgetown, DE, equipment grant, $7,500

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, Georgetown, DE, capital grant, $20,000

United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc., Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $10,000

UrbanPromise Wilmington, Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $5,932

Westside Family Healthcare, Inc., Wilmington, DE, capital grant, $20,000