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2021 Grant Awards

The Fund for Women (FFW) at the Delaware Community Foundation is pleased to announce the nonprofit recipients for the 2021 grant cycle. Since 1994, the FFW has awarded 376 grants totaling over $3.2 million dollars to nonprofits serving women and girls in Delaware. The FFW’s one-year grant offers organizations an opportunity to obtain seed money for innovative, creative programming or funding to continue or expand programs where effectiveness has been demonstrated. For the 2021 grant cycle, the FFW has awarded $209,998 to 15 nonprofits. The agencies listed below will utilize the grant funding for critical projects related to housing, health care, career training, and education programs.

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THIS YEAR'S GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE LISTED BELOW:

Delaware Nonprofit Organization2021 Grant AwardedArea in Delaware ServesOverview of Program
Boys & Girls Club of Delaware$15,000StatewideGirls on the Run at the Boys & Girls Club - Provides GOTR teams and programming for five clubs statewide during 2021.
Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wilmington$15,000StatewideDeveloping life skills to enable young mothers to overcome poverty and homelessness at Bayard House.
CHILD, Inc.$15,000StatewidePermanent, safe, affordable housing for nine victims of intimate partner violence and their 12 children.
Culture Restoration Project, Inc$10,898New Castle Poetry, Prose, & Power a trauma-informed series of creative writing and life coaching workshops that is a culturally competent, therapeutic, self-affirming outlet for young girls ages 13-17 in Wilmington.
Delaware Center for Justice$15,000StatewideCommunity Reintegration Services Program (CRSP) will provide 125 women throughout the state with evidence-based case management strategies and other crucial services that foster successful re-entry.
Delaware College Scholars$15,000StatewideAllows first-generation college access to expand and hire additional summer faculty to support the summer residence portion of their college preparatory and persistence program.
Delaware Technical & Community College Educational Foundation 866$15,000KentWorkforce Development Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarships provides six women a scholarship covering tuition, books, uniforms, equipment and additional costs to Delaware Tech’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program.
Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation$15,000StatewidePartial Funding for 9 young women of the Class of 2021-2022 with financial and emotional support to advance their education.
Jewish Family Services of Delaware$14,500StatewideMaternal Mental Health Program JFS will partner with Nemours duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours) to increase the specialized capacity of Delaware's behavioral health workforce to treat perinatal loss and perinatal/postnatal depression among Delaware’s women.
NCALL Research, Inc.$15,000StatewideA New Vision: NCALL Financial Education Program for Single Mothers in Need Across Delaware will provide 100 low - to moderate-income single mothers in Delaware with tools and resources to build financial stability through a 12-week intensive program.

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware$15,00Statewide Housing and Support Services for Delaware mothers with infants receiving care in Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington and Christiana Hospital in Newark.
STEHM, Inc.$4,600New CastleFinancial Independence Program provides women experiencing homelessness with core money management skills by attending one-on-one and group workshops to manage their finances to gain the confidence they need to independently care for themselves and their children long-term.
The Way Home$15,000New Castle / SussexWHOLE - Women Having Opportunities 2 Leverage Employment provides 100 incarcerated women prior to release with an innovative, interactive, gender-responsive and trauma informed cognitive behavioral transformation course and workforce development training grounded in cognitive-behavioral skills necessary for successful employment.
Ubuntu Black Family Wellness Collective$15,000New CastleCentering Black Mothers for Birth Equity Project; Empowering Black Mothers, Empowering Black Doulas This will be a pilot doula project that will provide the value-added benefit of doula care addressing the Black woman pay gap experienced by Black community doulas.
YMCA of Delaware$15,000Sussexussex Family YMCA Teen Workforce Development Program provides a new effort in Sussex County designed to provide teen girls with education and experience for their first job.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative

Fund for Women's 2020 Grant allocation of $200,000 is making a greater impact as part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative.

  • $100,000 was allocated to the COVID 19 Strategic Response Fund which targets evolving and longer term needs of the state's most impacted communities. Philanthropy Delaware is working with the Delaware Community Foundation to house and manage this fund.
  • $100,000 was allocated to the Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, launched by the United Way to address immediate needs and near-term impact of COVID-19. United Way Delaware will work with Philanthropy Delaware and UWDE will house and manage this fund.

The Fund for Women is able to award grants to non-profits in Delaware each year through the support of our Founders. Every year in January the Fund for Women begins accepting Grants from non-profits through a formal submission process. A committee of approximately 30 Fund for Women members on the Grant Committee score these applications. The applications are scored by various metrics; however, of utmost importance is that the funds be used to help empower women and girls in Delaware.

25th Anniversary 3-year Collaborative Grant

In 2018, the Fund for Women established a $75,000, 3-year collaborative grant. Under the leadership of the YWCA, this initiative created Delaware Girls Circles (DGC), a collaboration of nonprofit organizations whose aim is to support girls' successful achievement through high school graduation and beyond. Additional partner organizations include Delaware Adolescent Program, Pathways to Success, Delta Outreach Center and Wilmington Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Entering its third year, DGC has 70 girls enrolled with a goal of 100 participants by year's end. Key components of the program include academic skills, social skills, emotional support and parent/family support. Regular sessions are held to address personal health and wellness as well as social and emotional support. The desired outcome is that this group of organizations will sustain this program after our grant is completed.

Year# of GrantsTotal Giving
19942$2,500.00
1995715,000.00
19961125,000.00
19971337,143.08
19981149,257.00
19991860,000.00
20001269,995.00
20011479,988.00
200211108,765.00
200318132,950.00
200419143,000.00
200520143,000.00
200618107,428.00
200727119,607.00
200814139,486.22
200915145,989.00
201013130,000.00
201113125,000.00
201211125,000.00
201312128,904.00
201417165,162.00
201513143,545.00
201616178,926.00
201718190,046.00
201816200,000.00
201912168,595.00
20202 (COVID-19)200,000.00
202115209,998.00
TOTAL361$3,280,784.30