Delaware Nonprofits Share in Grant Funds to Promote Financial Literacy

DOVER, Del. – A wide-ranging group of community organizations serving Delawareans from all walks of life have been selected to receive this year’s round of grant funds from the Financial Literacy Education Fund (FLEF.)

“Financial literacy is a key pillar of stable and prosperous communities where families are empowered to pursue their dreams,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock, whose department oversees the FLEF grant program. “In no small way, Delaware’s future and the strength of our economy is tied to financial literacy, and I want to thank all the organizations who will use FLEF grant funds to help secure that future.”

Since the FLEF was established in 2010, approximately $2.6 million has been awarded to dozens of organizations to improve financial literacy for Delawareans of all ages. Grants from the FLEF program have supported programs to teach students the importance of saving, guide families on the path to homeownership, and support single parents with tools to build financially healthy households.

“Our team had a great collection of applications to review this year and we were thoroughly impressed with the breadth and depth of financial literacy programming being offered by our nonprofit partners across the state,” said Delaware State Bank Commissioner Robert Glen.

This year, a total of $365,000 was awarded to 23 nonprofit organizations to support programs that met criteria established by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner. Funding for the FLEF is derived from a license fee charged to businesses that make high-cost payday loans and car title loans.

Applications for FLEF grants were scored on their potential to improve the financial literacy of Delawareans, especially programs that are proactive, preventive and forward-thinking. Programs and services funded with FLEF grants are designed to reach populations or geographic regions that have limited access to financial literacy resources, with special emphasis on reaching out to members of the military, seniors and minority communities.


Grant Funds Promote Financial Literacy Education

Dover, DE – Delaware schools, nonprofits and community organizations are invited to apply for a new round of state grant funds to support financial literacy education for people from all walks of life.

Since the state’s Financial Literacy Education Fund (FLEF) was established in 2010, approximately $2.2 million has been awarded to dozens of organizations across the state for programs that teach students to save at an early age, help coach families on the path to home ownership, give single parents tools for financial independence, and more.

“We want all Delawareans to be set up for success, and financial literacy is one tool that can help at all stages of life – whether you’re a recent grad ready for the workforce, an entrepreneur with a great business idea, or a retiree looking toward your next chapter,” said Governor John Carney. “With these grant funds, we will work with a variety of organizations across the state to meet people where they are and help guide them to a more financially secure future.”

This year, a total of $340,000 will be made available to support programs that meet criteria established by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner and the Delaware Department of Education. Funding for the FLEF is derived from a license fee charged to businesses that make high-cost payday loans and car title loans.

Successful grant proposals will approach financial literacy in ways that are proactive, preventive and forward-thinking. Programs designed to reach underserved populations and regions of the state that have had limited access to financial literacy services are encouraged, with special emphasis on reaching out to veterans, seniors and minority communities.

All schools recognized by the Department of Education and Delaware organizations with 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status are eligible to apply.

Grant applications are due by Oct. 1, 2019 and must be completed using the form available at banking.delaware.gov. Forms should be emailed to Dawn Hollinger at the Office of the State Bank Commissioner (dawn.hollinger@delaware.gov) along with any attachments. Receipt of grant applications will be confirmed within three business days. If applicants do not receive confirmation, they should contact Dawn Hollinger at 302-739-4235 and resubmit their applications.

 


FY 2020 Grant Applications for Arts & Community-Based Organizations and Schools Now Open

For arts programming and projects taking place during
fiscal year 2020 (September 2019 – August 2020)

Wilmington, Del. (December 13, 2018) – The Delaware Division of the Arts has opened its annual online application process for grants for arts programming and projects taking place during fiscal year 2020 (September 2019 – August 2020). Applications will be submitted through new smARTDE online system and are due by 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, March 1, 2019. New to smARTDE? View the login instructions for smARTDE and watch the 31-minute demonstration video.

The guidelines and applications for all grant programs have been revised and streamlined. Past and new applicants should read the guidelines carefully and call Division staff with any questions. A list of the Division staff members who manage the grants process, including their responsibilities and contact information, is available at the end of this release.

Below are all of the Division’s grants programs and their respective deadlines. Please visit arts.delaware.gov/grant-overview/ to access the full guidelines for each program and a description of the grant review process. Some organizational grants are available throughout the year on a rolling deadline basis, please see the list below for more details.


Grants for Delaware Arts Organizations:

General Operating Support (GOS) – support of annual operating expenses to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Delaware. This grant category utilizes a three-year application cycle. Full applications are due every three years, with Interim Applications due in the “off” years. Annual March 1 deadline.

Arts Stabilization Fund (ASF) – support for improvements to facilities owned (or under long-term lease) and operated by the organization. ASF grants are funded through the Division’s participation in the Arts Consortium of Delaware, Inc. (ArtCo) endowment. Annual March 1 deadline.

Education Resource (EDR) – grants to strengthen standards-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware arts community or strengthen arts organizations’ capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators. Annual March 1 deadline.

StartUp – financial support, training and consultation to develop and strengthen the management capacity of emerging arts organizations so that they can operate in a sustainable manner. Completion of the StartUp program is a prerequisite for emerging organizations seeking General Operating Support. Letter of intent due January 15. Annual March 1 deadline.

Arts Access – provides up to $1,000 to support the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media, or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Rolling deadline.

Grants for Delaware Community-Based Organizations (CBOs):

Project Support – support of arts programs provided by CBOs that assist in the growth of a vibrant cultural environment by encouraging the continued development of arts activities in communities throughout the state. College and university projects must be non-credit and serve the general community. Annual March 1 deadline.

Arts Access – provide up to $1,000 to support the presentation of performing, visual, literary, media, or folk arts in communities throughout the state. Rolling deadline.

Grants for Delaware Schools and School Districts:

Artist Residency – grants for residencies with visual, literary, performing or media artists working with students in the classroom or in professional development workshops with teachers. Rolling deadline.

Education Resource (EDR) – grants to strengthen standards-based arts education projects, programs, and activities that utilize the arts education resources of the Delaware arts community or strengthen arts organizations’ capacity to serve as professional development resources for teaching artists and educators. Annual March 1 deadline.

TranspARTation – grants that support transportation costs for schools to travel to Delaware arts and cultural institutions and venues in order for students to attend arts performances, events and exhibits. Rolling deadline.

Grants for Delaware Individual Artists:

Artist Fellowship – support of individual artists in their work as visual, performing, media, folk, and/or literary artists. Applications received and processed by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Annual August 1 deadline.

Artist Opportunity Grant – support of individual artists with unique professional and artistic development or presentation opportunities. Quarterly deadlines.


Staff Role Grant Types Phone Number
Katie West
katie.west@delaware.govAfter January 4, please contact Paul Weagraff at paul.weagraff@delaware.gov or 302-577-8278
Organization Support General Operating Support, Project Support, Arts Access and StartUp Grants 302-577-8287
Sheila Dean Ross
sheila.ross@delaware.gov
Arts Education & Accessibility Education Resource, Artist Residency, and TranspARTation Grants 302-577-8286
Roxanne Stanulis
roxanne.stanulis@delaware.gov
Artist Programs & Services Artist Fellowship and Artist Opportunity Grants 302-577-8283
Paul Weagraff
paul.weagraff@delaware.gov
Director Arts Stablization Fund 302-577-8278

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Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov


Governor Carney Announces Grant Funds Available to Promote Financial Literacy Education

Dover, DE – For the seventh consecutive year, grant funds for Delaware schools and nonprofits to promote financial literacy across the state are now available through the state’s Financial Literacy Education Fund (FLEF).

“Delaware continues to lead the way in making financial education available to Delawareans from all walks of life,” said Governor John Carney. “Through a variety of programs that teach how to establish and maintain a household budget, educate youth on the importance of having good credit, and help families buy their first homes, Delaware’s schools and non-profit organizations have the tools to promote healthy financial decision making.”

office of the state bank commissionerSince the FLEF was established in 2010, approximately $2 million has been awarded to more than two dozen organizations to improve financial literacy for Delawareans of all ages. Students in Delaware schools have learned the importance of saving money, families living in rental housing have been coached along the path to homeownership, and pregnant and parenting young women have learned how to develop financial plans to strengthen their futures.

This year, a total of $270,000 will be made available to support programs that meet criteria established by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner and the Department of Education. Funding for the FLEF is derived from a license fee charged to businesses that make high-cost payday loans and car title loans.

Proposals for competitive grants will be considered on the basis of how they improve the financial literacy of Delawareans, especially programs that are proactive, preventive, and forward-thinking. Applications for programs and services designed to reach populations or geographic regions that have had limited access to financial literacy programs are encouraged, with special emphasis on reaching out to members of the military, seniors and minority communities.

All schools recognized by the Delaware Department of Education and Delaware organizations with 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. The FLEF has one competitive grant cycle each year, overseen by an award committee.

Grant applications are due by Friday, September 15, 2017 and must be completed using the form available at banking.delaware.gov. Forms should be emailed to Dawn Hollinger at the Office of the State Bank Commissioner (dawn.hollinger@delaware.gov) along with any attachments. Receipt of grant applications will be confirmed within three business days. If applicants do not receive confirmation, they should contact Dawn Hollinger at 302-739-4235 and resubmit their applications.

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Contact: Doug Denison
Department of State
doug.denison@delaware.gov
302-857-3038


Delaware Forest Service offering urban and community grants

New Castle
Penn Farms in New Castle held an Arbor Day tree planting funded in part by a $3,607 grant from the Delaware Forest Service’s urban and community forestry program.

 

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is now accepting applications for its 2014 competitive grants, which are open to all municipalities, homeowner associations (HOA’s), and certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations within the State of Delaware. Details at delawaretrees.com.

Grants range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 in one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management. All applications require a 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services within program guidelines. Applications are limited to one project in one project category and will be judged on a competitive basis by a grant committee of the Delaware Community Forestry Council. Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. Priority will be given to first time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities (HOA’s) and applicants that have a passed an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (only applies to Municipalities).

The application deadline is the close of business on September 15, 2014. Winners will be notified by September 30, 2014. Specific details can be found in the 2014 Tree Grant Requirements and 2014 Urban and Community Grant Application. No emailed or faxed submissions will be accepted and receipt will be confirmed by email. Completed applications should be mailed to:

 Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program
2320 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

Examples of activities eligible for grant funding including:

This tree planting project at Penn Farms involved students from nearby schools.

  • Tree Planting
  • Hazard Tree Mitigation
  • Development of a Professional Tree Inventory

Funds must be utilized on public property owned by the municipality, HOA, or nonprofit organization.

2014 Urban and Community Grant Application Materials

Resources:

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

  1. Contact Information
  2. Project Description
  3. Match Summary
  4. Work Summary
  5. Site Map with tree species and locations identified by address
  6. Signature Page

 To be considered for ranking, applications must clearly and concisely address the required elements.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

All grants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Overall project quality/community need (5 points)
  2. Project encourages sustainable urban forestry through management planning, proper tree care or sustaining/ maintaining urban tree canopy. (5 points)
  3. The project mitigates tree hazard(s) (5 points) – applicable only for management grants
  4. Increases tree canopy  (5 points) – applicable only for planting grants
  5. Applicant has worked with DFS on a project to address DFS state forest strategies (5 points)
  6. Municipality has an implemented an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (Municipalities) or is a current Tree Friendly Community (HOA’s/MC’s) (Bonus 1 point)

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is committed to providing a range of technical and informational assistance to residents of communities in the First State.

For more information, contact:
Kyle Hoyd, Delaware Forest Service (DFS) Urban Forestry Administrator,
Mobile (302) 943-7869, Office (302) 698-4578, Kyle.Hoyd@delaware.gov

Kesha Braunskill, DFS Urban Forestry Outreach Coordinator
Mobile (302) 535-7543, Office (302) 659-6704, Kehsa.Braunskill@delaware.gov