$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.