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August 2020
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$194,500 Awarded from Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund to 12 Nonprofits

by Delaware Community Foundation

$3.2 million awarded to more than 150 nonprofits since fund launched March 18

The Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation Friday awarded $194,500 to 12 nonprofit organizations providing services to communities throughout the state.

Friday’s grants will address a broad range of community needs during the pandemic. Grantees are:

  • Christina Cultural Arts Center – $18,000 for laptops, projectors and other technology to pivot instruction to a virtual platform.
  • Delaware HIV Services Inc. – $20,000 for in-home HIV test kits and other resources to enable and expand services in the COVID-19 environment.
  • Friendship House, Inc. – $25,000 to provide food and case management to homeless people.
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $15,000 to help build 12 homes on Wilmington’s East Side.
  • Harrington Senior Center – $10,000 for facility safety upgrades to improve efficiency, expand capacity, and offer normal programming.
  • Mispillion Art League, Inc. – $6,000 for computers to continue to provide community-wide access to a quality visual arts program.
  • OperaDelaware – $8,500 to create a “streamable stage” to allow for virtual programming when outdoor performances are no longer viable.
  • Public Allies Delaware – $20,000 for materials to support remote work and to provide mental health supports for Allies.
  • Read Aloud Delaware – $20,000 for technology and other costs to facilitate remote work to accelerate language development in children birth to age 3.
  • Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association – $6,000 for take-away supply bags for online enrichment courses, life skills, and STEAM activities for school-year programs.
  • Sojourners’ Place, Inc. – $6,000 for laptops and travel support to provide case management and training for homeless men and women.
  • TeenSHARP – $40,000 for math and English instructors to provide virtual academic support during the 2020-2021 school year.

The fund, which launched on March 18, has awarded $3.2 million to more than 150 Delaware nonprofits so far. Through the Community Needs Grants Program, the fund awarded weekly grants March 27-May 22, two rounds of grants in June, and is awarding monthly grants July-December.