Delaware Announces Community Investment Recovery Fund for Delaware Nonprofits

Recovery Fund will provide funding for one-time capital projects in communities hard hit by COVID-19; Application for funding now available at de.gov/rescueplan 

WILMINGTON, Del. — Governor John Carney and Lt. Governor Hall-Long on Thursday announced the Community Investment Recovery Fund, which will provide nonprofits with one-time funding to support major capital projects in Delaware communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application for funding is available now at de.gov/rescueplan. Applications must be fully completed and submitted by November 30, 2021.

The Community Investment Recovery Fund is funded with $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA was championed in Congress by members of Delaware’s congressional delegation — Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester — and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

“The American Rescue Plan is about rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic, and coming out of this crisis stronger than before. That’s exactly what this Community Investment Recovery Fund will help us do,” said Governor Carney. “This Recovery Fund will help support community centers and other nonprofits that are seeking to rebuild and strengthen the communities they serve every day. I want to thank President Biden and members of Delaware’s congressional delegation for making these resources available.”

“We rely on our nonprofits to care for and serve Delawareans, especially our most vulnerable residents every day. This has been especially true throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “This ARPA investment will provide critical support for our non-profits and community organizations that have stepped up every day to ensure Delaware families have the services they need.”

“The pandemic’s impact on our economy is far reaching, and nonprofits that work to fill the needs of our community need additional support to continue their critical work,” said Sens. Carper, Coons and Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “We commend Governor Carney for directing American Rescue Plan Act funds to help these organizations who are vital to strengthening our communities.”

Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Hall-Long, and members of Delaware’s federal delegation have recently announced several investments funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which meet the goals of the legislation by:

  • Building a stronger, more equitable economy in communities hit hard by COVID-19.
  • Providing immediate economic stabilization for impacted households and businesses.
  • Addressing systemic public health, public safety, and economic challenges.
  • Meeting pandemic response needs.

This week, Governor Carney announced plans to invest $26.4 million in affordable housing in Wilmington, $50 million for jobs training programs statewide, and $50 million to build a modern Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. 

In Bridgeville last month, Governor Carney announced a $110 million plan to provide universal wired broadband access for all Delaware homes and businesses. Delaware is aiming to become the first state to close every “last mile” with wired, high-speed broadband.

The Community Investment Recovery Fund announced on Thursday will provide support for major nonprofit capital projects statewide. 

Visit de.gov/rescueplan to learn more about how the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) is helping in Delaware

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Nonprofit Security Grant Program Accepting Applications

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 through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which supports organizations that may be at risk of a terrorist attack.  Nonprofits that may qualify must apply to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) by April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm to be considered for funding.  Each individual nonprofit organization may be awarded up to a maximum of $150,000. DEMA is the State Administrative Agency for the Homeland Security Grant Program. 

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 real property (including buildings and 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 Numbering System (DUNS) is needed for application.  No applications will be accepted by DEMA after April 5, 2021.  Qualified applications will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and grant administrators at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make the final determination of eligibility and award. 

DEMA will host a webinar for potential applicants on March 11th at 2pm to provide general information and answer questions. To register email Christine Beste at Christine.Beste@delaware.gov. Complete qualification information and application packages can be found on DEMA’s website, https://dema.delaware.gov/contentFolder/misc/NSGP-Summary.zip. Completed applications should be sent to Christine Beste at Christine.Beste@delaware.gov.

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


Governor Carney Announces $25M Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund

State of Delaware partners with New Castle County to support service-related nonprofits statewide

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer joined leaders of Delaware nonprofit and philanthropy organizations on Wednesday to announce the $25 million Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund, which will support organizations that have provided critical services to Delawareans and Delaware families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations that provide a range of important services are eligible for assistance under the Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund.

Eligible services include:

  • Homelessness and shelter assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Substance abuse counseling and services
  • Assistance for Delawareans who have lost employment
  • Domestic abuse services
  • Services for youth in crisis

“Nonprofit organizations across our state, their employees and their volunteers have stepped up for their neighbors and provided critical services throughout this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Carney. “In many cases, they saw increased caseloads and need extra support to assist Delaware families. The bottom line is this: Delaware could not get through this crisis without these committed service organizations. We owe them our support and our gratitude.”

The Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund is jointly funded by the State of Delaware and New Castle County, using federal allocations by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Nonprofits may receive reimbursement for basic operational expenses – such as assistance with cleaning supplies and funding for personal protective equipment – as well as reimbursement for increased caseloads. Grant levels will be awarded based on the nonprofit’s 2019 operating expense budget. The program excludes organizations that qualify for assistance under the $100 million DE Relief Grants program, administered by the Delaware Division of Small Business.

“COVID-19 has impacted thousands of people across all sectors in New Castle County, and our friends and neighbors who rely on assistance from nonprofits are among those hardest hit,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “These grants will help those hardest hit by COVID-19 and enable us to continue to serve our friends and neighbors in need.”

Click here to rewatch the announcement.

Learn more about efforts to support Delaware workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Delaware nonprofits made dramatic changes to their operations without hesitation to ensure their clients had access to their services,” said Sheila Bravo,  President and CEO of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA). “More than ever, Delawareans are relying on nonprofits to support them in these difficult times. This program to reimburse the expenses nonprofits incurred due to the pandemic will help these agencies continue making a positive impact. We appreciate the partnership with Governor Carney and County Executive Meyer in making these grant funds available.”

“We realize the value of all Delaware nonprofits,” said Michelle Taylor, President and CEO of United Way of Delaware. “Some are large and some are as small as one or two people. United Way of Delaware will work to ensure that every nonprofit—regardless of size—has equitable access to the available funds.”

“Our full goal is to get money to every nonprofit that qualifies,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation. “Nonprofit organizations have been playing a critical role in keeping Delaware going. Great work is being done, and this fund should help provide much needed help.”

“The philanthropic community believes in supporting a vibrant and sustainable nonprofit community,” said Vernita Dorsey, President of Philanthropy Delaware. “This critical funding from the State and County provides an essential resource to help nonprofit organizations respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and Philanthropy Delaware is proud to be a partner in this collaborative initiative.”

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

Report a business for COVID-19 non-compliance using this form

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus

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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 Plan.DEMA@delaware.gov.

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


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.