Security Grant Funds Available for Nonprofits


Smyrna, DE – Do you know a nonprofit organization in Delaware that may be interested in grant funding for security enhancements?  Organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be eligible to receive funding from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which supports organizations that may be at high risk of a terrorist attack.  Nonprofits that may qualify must apply to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) by March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm to be considered for funding.  DEMA is the State Administrative Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program.  Each individual nonprofit organization may be awarded up to a maximum of $100,000. 

Eligible applicants must conduct a vulnerability assessment that demonstrates the organization is at high risk of a terrorist attack.  The grant application must include risks, vulnerabilities, and the proposed project intended to address/mitigate the identified risks and vulnerabilities.  Allowable projects should focus on security-related activities and physical security enhancements.  Funding can be used for security-related planning, exercises, training, contracted security personnel, and the acquisition and installation of security equipment on property (including buildings and building improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization at the time of application.

Applying nonprofits must complete the application which includes an Investment Justification (IJ) document, mission statement, risk assessment, and other supporting documentation.  Additionally, a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number is needed for application.  No applications will be accepted by DEMA after March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Qualified applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by April 15, and grant administrators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make the final determination of eligibility and award. 

Complete qualification information and application packages can be found on DEMA’s website, Nonprofit Security Grant Program Application.  To submit completed applications, or request further assistance, email

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Contact: Jeff Sands, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-2211.

DNREC now accepting grant proposals for community water quality improvement projects

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for matching grants for community water quality improvement projects. Delaware non-profit organizations, conservation districts, community organizations and homeowner’s associations are eligible to apply. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 18.

Community Water Quality Improvement Grants assist in implementing projects or programs to improve water quality on developed lands with specific watershed improvement plans and strategies. Programs and projects selected must demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements, with cost effective and measurable results. Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council through a competitive grant process.

Funding for projects receiving a grant award in this cycle is expected to range from $25,000 to $75,000. The grant requires a 25 percent cash match, which may be federal, state, or local cash. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle.

Proposals should be submitted by email to, subject line: Community Water Quality Improvement Grant. Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB. Project guidelines and the application can be found on DNREC’s website on the Environmental Finance webpage.

For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at 302-739-9922.

Media Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Grants to expand high school career pathways programs

Secretary of Education Susan Bunting today announced more than $458,000 in federal grants to expand high school career pathway programs and to support all youth in their pursuit of college and career-readiness coursework. The statewide Delaware Pathways initiative aims to prepare all students to excel in key industries that offer good jobs in today’s economy.


Grant funds are used by school districts and charter schools to implement career and technical education programs as part of a larger state effort to connect our public education system, post-secondary institutions, and employers. Students take hundreds of hours of specialized instruction and hands-on training in their career pathways, giving them the opportunity to graduate high school with work experiences, college credits, and industry credentials that are relevant to those industries.  As a result, students receive a head start on getting a job and earning a postsecondary credential or degree.


Bunting joined Capital Superintendent Dan Shelton to meet with students and administrators at Dover High School to announce the 51 grant awards, which benefit 17 school districts or charter schools across the state.  Capital’s Dover High School is using its grant award to support the PIPEline to Career Success Project for students with disabilities.  The project supports students with disabilities to enter into high-quality career pathways, graduate from high school, and transition into postsecondary education and employment.


“Dover High School’s program is a prime example of the kind of investments we must make so every student graduates from our schools prepared for success,” Bunting said. “Delaware has public and private partners working together. They are collaborating on the alignment of supports across state agencies for students from low-income families and students with disabilities and on integrating community-based organizations so that out-of-school learning connects to students’ education and career interests.”


The Delaware Pathways program currently serves more than 16,000 students enrolled in 26 career pathways programs across 16 comprehensive school districts, three technical school districts, and 11 charter schools, in addition to serving youth at Cleveland White and the Ferris School.


By 2020 Delaware aims to enroll more than 20,000 students—half of the state’s public grade 9-12 population—in career pathways that lead to in-demand jobs—and will work across secondary and postsecondary education systems so that more than 7,500 students are actively engaged in work-based learning placements in partnership with Delaware employers.


“Delaware’s Pathways programs help connect young Delawareans to skills that are demanded in today’s workforce and help put them on a path to a well-paying career,” Governor John Carney said. “Investing in our workforce and quality skills training also helps strengthen our economy over the long run by making sure Delaware has skilled workers for jobs that are available. This new funding will help us continue and expand that important work.”


Added, U.S. Senator Tom Carper: “Today, thousands of jobs are going unfilled because we do not have the people with the right skills to support them. The Delaware Pathways program aims to end that shortage by finding the skills that our employers need and creating programs in our classrooms that properly prepare students for the workforce. I always say the best thing you can do for someone is help them find a job, and providing modern training and connecting students with employers is a smart way to ensure they will be employable when they enter the workforce.”


Pathways are developed in partnership with Delaware employers and institutions of higher education. The Department of Education provides curriculum support for each pathway as well as training for teachers to successfully implement the coursework. In addition, the department is working with Delaware colleges and universities so students who complete these programs are eligible for college credit at one or more institutions of higher education in the state.


School districts use funding in a variety of ways, which includes support for students and staff, the development of services and materials required to offer advanced coursework, and to scale hands-on training opportunities with Delaware employers.


“We are so pleased that we will once again be able to expand and focus on our workforce development efforts,” Capital Superintendent Shelton said. “Our career and technical programs are a central key to our students being prepared for college or entering the workforce after high school. Having students who graduate high school already possessing technical certifications and many also having already earned college credits through our articulation agreements with post-secondary institutions, gives our students the skill they need and a leg up on their future careers.”




New Pathway Grant Awards



Appoquinimink LEA – PIPEline to Career Success Project

Appoquinimink LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Appoquinimink High SchoolComputer Science

Middletown High SchoolComputer Science

Middletown High School Natural Resource Management

Odessa High SchoolAnimal Science and Management

Odessa High SchoolComputer Science

Odessa High SchoolDigital Comm. Technology

Odessa High School Natural Resource Management.

Odessa High SchoolPlant Science



Brandywine LEANational Alliance for Partners in Equity—Gender Equity Project

Brandywine LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Brandywine High SchoolMarketing Today

Concord High SchoolMarketing Today

Mount Pleasant High School Digital Communications Technology

Mount Pleasant High SchoolMarketing Today



Caesar Rodney         

Caesar Rodney High SchoolMarketing Today


Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen High SchoolFashion and Apparel



Capital LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project



Christiana High SchoolAnimal Science and Management.

Christiana High SchoolFashion and Apparel

Christiana High SchoolMarketing Today



Colonial LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project

Colonial LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

William Penn High School Animal Science and Management

William Penn High SchoolDigital Comm. Technology

William Penn High SchoolMarketing Today


Lake Forest   

Lake Forest High SchoolAnimal Science and Management

Lake Forest High SchoolDigital Communications Technology



Laurel LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project



Milford LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Milford High SchoolDigital Communications Technology

Milford High SchoolPlant Science


New Castle County Vocational Technology          

Delcastle High School Computer Science

St. Georges High SchoolComputer Science


Newark Charter

Newark Charter SchoolMarketing Today


Red Clay       

Red Clay LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

AI Dupont High SchoolMarketing Today



Smyrna LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project

Smyrna LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Smyrna High SchoolCulinary and Hospitality Management

Smyrna High SchoolDigital Communications Technology

Smyrna High SchoolMarketing Today


Sussex Tech  

Sussex Tech LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth



Woodbridge High SchoolPlant Science

New and Expanded Pathways


Animal Science & Management

The Animal Science & Management program explores:  animal production and management, physical restraint and handling, conducting health exams, evaluation of behavior, principles of genetics and reproduction, animal selection through evaluation, anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, basic veterinary practices, global food systems, ethics of food animal production, and current agricultural issues in order to foster an understanding of the steps involved in producing and marketing products for consumers. Students practice decision-making and research skills through classroom instruction, laboratory activities, and practical experiences.


Computer Science

The Computer Science program of study helps students to develop analytical thinking and problem solving skills as well as algebraic reasoning and quantitate analysis necessary for careers in computer science, programming, and IT.


Digital Communications Technology

The Digital Communication Technology (DCT) program of study requires students to apply the skills and tools of digital designers used in graphic design, pixel-based imagery manipulation, HTML coding, digital video production, vector image manipulation, digital illustration, and digital publishing.  Students utilize strategies to solve open-ended problems while learning how to apply technical skills, creative skills, industry knowledge, documentation techniques, and processes using modern, industry-leading technology and software.


Fashion & Apparel

The Fashion & Apparel program of study prepares students for entry level employment in the industry.  Students learn construction skills for application in design including color, proportion and fit.  Science principles are used to help students understand fibers to better determine appropriate application.  Fashion business including the economic impact of the industry as well as marketing and management are studied.  The program prepares students for careers such as store manager, fashion designer, assistant buyer, visual merchandiser.


Marketing Today

The Marketing Today program of study engages students with the world of marketing services by focusing on how marketing is evolving in the digital age and how companies can be successful by implementing marketing strategies. Students gain career and industry knowledge through series of work-based learning activities in and out of the classroom such as: an internship, apprenticeship, co-op, and or project completion of at least 60 hours. Marketing Today courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as data analytics, project and content management, digital marketing, marketing campaign management, demographic analytics, and communications.


Natural Resource Management

The Natural Resource Management program of study is designed to provide students with exposure to topics in conservation management and maintenance of natural resources. Students learn responsible stewardship practices of air, soil, water, land, fish, and wildlife resources for economic, recreation, and health purposes. Students utilize a variety of classroom and laboratory activities supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.


Plant Science

The Plant Science program of study is designed to provide students with knowledge of plant growth and reproduction, as well as the use of plants for food, fiber, and ornamental purposes. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in:  agronomy, ornamental horticulture, biotechnology, forestry, soil science, and turf management.


Media contact: Alison May,, 302-735-4006


DNREC now accepting grant proposals for Delaware Chesapeake Bay watershed implementation projects

DOVER (Sept. 17, 2019) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals from state agencies, county and municipal governments, conservation districts, community organizations, homeowner organizations and not-for-profit organizations representing local government for water quality improvement projects within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Proposals for the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Funding Grant must be received by DNREC no later than 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2019.

The Implementation Funding Grant within Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intended for use by Delaware entities within the Chesapeake Bay watershed for best management practice implementation projects that will improve water quality by reducing nutrient and sediment loads. The competitive grant process is administered by Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program, which provides technical and financial guidance during the grant application and project period.

Grant requests of up to $200,000 (from $350,000 in total funding for fiscal year 2020) will be considered, with a one-to-one non-federal match requirement. Up to 10 percent of the grant funds may be used for administrative costs.

The grant guidelines and application instructions can be found online at Chesapeake Bay Implementation Funding Grant webpage. Proposals must be submitted by email to and must be no larger than 10 megabytes (MB) in size.

For more information, please contact Jim Sullivan, Division of Watershed Stewardship, at 302-739-9922.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No. 236

State awards $2.6 million in grants to 85 schools

Students in 85 schools across the state will benefit from $2.6 million in grants awarded today by the Delaware Department of Education.


This is the fourth year the department has awarded Reimagining Professional Learning grants to support the work of schools committed to improving the quality and efficacy of professional learning for teachers in Delaware and thus increase learning opportunities and outcomes for students.


The schools represent 16 districts, four charter schools, and two Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families schools.


“These grants have the potential to enhance learning outcomes for more than 54,000 students,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said.


To date, the Reimagining Professional Learning Grants have provided more than $1.1 million to fund initiatives in 74 schools. In the 2018-19 school year, the $541,500 in grants to 32 schools impacted more than 750 teachers and more than 22,000 students. This year, the number of schools receiving grants more than doubled, as did the number of students who will be impacted by that funding.


This year’s grantees plan a variety of programs, many dealing with implementing high quality instructional materials in both mathematics and English language arts, closing achievement gaps among subgroups of students, starting after-school programs, hiring full-time learning coaches, creating multi-tiered systems of support, providing instruction in academic and trauma-informed teaching strategies, and cultivating professional learning communities that use data to inform practice and participate in a continuous cycle of improvement.




Media Contact: Alison May,, 302-735-4006.