Grants awarded to non-profit organizations serving BIPOC communities

The Delaware Community Foundation, in partnership with the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, has awarded $287,200 to 17 nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color through the Grants Program for BIPOC leaders and communities.

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

A $10,000 grant was awarded to 4th Dimension Leaders to train educators to lead equity efforts at the school and community levels.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation received $20,000 to recruit and train Delawares to advocate on issues such as policing, sentencing, reinstatement and probation.

The Center for Structural Equity received $20,000 to support employment, empowerment, community engagement and advocacy for youth impacted by poverty and violence.

The Choir School of Delaware received $20,000 to conduct strategic planning to pilot a workforce development program that creates a pipeline of people of color in music professions.

The Delaware Adolescent Program Inc. received $20,000 to conduct strategic planning and cultural competency training to ensure the organization continues to better serve and strengthen Delaware’s young families of color.

Delaware College Scholars received $19,000 to advance social-emotional learning for DCS scholars and their families.

The Developing Artist Collaboration received $20,000 to create a historical mural in West Rehoboth honoring its rich cultural history and raising the voices of native community members.

EDGE for Tomorrow received $20,000 to conduct strategic planning, advance board diversity, and support student mentorship.

The Harambee Delaware Fund received $20,000 to develop an online resource bank for nonprofit Delaware leaders of color.

The Love-In-Deed Community Development Corporation received $16,200 to support the RISE Independent Living program for young people leaving foster care.

Mom’s House of Dover received $2,000 to upgrade its website to better serve and connect with its community.

Network Connect received $20,000 to conduct strategic planning and professional development, and launch CRM software.

One Village Alliance received $20,000 to conduct strategic planning and ensure it can continue to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of the community it serves.

Pathways to Success received $10,000 to provide organizational leadership with skills building, training and mentorship to improve service delivery to youth, primarily youth of color.

Philadelphia Arms Townhomes Inc. received $10,000 to conduct strategic and revenue planning, as well as staff and board development, to ensure long-term viability to meet community needs.

Reel Families for Change received $20,000 to develop BIPOC entrepreneurs in the creative economy with tools and skills to benefit from market growth, economic recovery and contract opportunities.

True Access Capital received $20,000 to transition to a digital/cloud-based lending system to provide more BIPOC-owned small businesses with access to capital.

The Delaware Community Foundation is committed to infusing equity into its work. The foundation engages in new practices to amplify a wide range of voices and strengthen leaders who reflect the full diversity of Delaware’s demographics.

BIPOC Grants for DCF Leaders and Communities are underwritten by a group of charitable funds created by generous individuals who believe in DCF’s work to create opportunity and advance equity in the First State. For a complete list of these funds, visit delcf.org/impact-grant-funders. This year’s Leaders and Communities Grants were also supported by donations from Corteva and the First State Fund.

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