2022 Impact Grant Recipients

The Foundation for Delaware County is honored to partner with these 51 nonprofit organizations to improve the well-being of our residents. We are grateful for the supporters whose generosity has made this funding possible. The $1,434,853 in new grant awards will support the following projects to address critical issues and needs in Delaware County, and will be in addition to the $409,435 second-year grants provided to 11 nonprofits receiving multi-year funding.

Children’s Health and Well-Being: $789,853

Be Proud Foundation: $20,000 to support the behavioral health and well-being of Delaware County youth.

Boys and Girls Club of Chester: $40,000 to support the Future Leaders Program, an interactive, 6-week, culturally relevant youth workforce development experience for youth ages 12-15.

CCSA Foundation: $30,000 to support the development of a community-centric strategic plan.

Chester Upland Youth Soccer: $25,000 to address negative health issues among elementary and middle school students by providing regular physical activities alongside mentoring and nutrition education.

Child Guidance Resource Centers: $25,000 to purchase a vehicle for client transportation.

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County: $30,000 to prevent domestic violence and empower victims with children to move toward self-sufficiency.

Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania: $8,185 to support a “TA-to-Teacher” staffing pipeline. In partnership with Drexel University, this program provides teaching assistants with a path to employment as teachers.

Education Law Center – Pennsylvania: $50,000 over two years to provide free legal services, advocacy, and outreach to ensure that children in Delaware County have access to quality public education.

Family and Community Service of Delaware County: $15,000 to provide mental health support and other supportive services to children and adolescents in Delaware County.

Family Promise of Delaware County PA: $17,420 to support embedded trauma-informed care into internal programs and with external partners, to address homelessness and the social determinants of health affecting children in Delaware County.

Girls on the Run Southeastern Suburban, PA: $5,000 to support programs that encourage resiliency, confidence, and healthy practices in girls in Delaware County.

Greener Partners: $20,000 to strengthen the health and well-being of students through seed-to-plate nutrition education, school gardening, and fresh food access in three Chester schools.

Harcum College: $40,000 to divert youth from the “school to prison” pipeline through support of school-based youth court training and partnerships with juvenile justice stakeholders.

Horizons Episcopal Academy: $13,400 to support a six-week tuition-free full day academic summer program for students in grades K-8.

J. Lewis Crozer Library: $68,848 over three years to support bilingual services for clients.

Keep Music Alive: $2,000 to support youth development through music.

Kids Smiles: $25,000 to expand outreach and improve oral health services for low-income children in Delaware County.

Lifecycle WomanCare: $30,000 to support the integration of mental health services including individual counseling, group counseling, and care coordination.

Making a Change Group: $30,000 to support the programming for the well-being of low-income youth in Chester.

Media Arts Council: $15,000 to support performing arts and arts education programming for high school students at the new MAC Arts Center. (Funded with thanks to The Musical Performance Arts and Education Fund)

Mitzvah Circle: $60,000 over three years to support partnerships with social service organizations in Delaware County to distribute diapers to low-income families.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children: $25,000 to advocate for state investment in WIC and home visiting programs for children and families in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc: $20,000 to support an educational program focused on water quality in a field where students conduct hands-on experiments to assess the health of a local stream.

Pettaway Pursuit Foundation: $25,000 to support the prenatal delivery and postpartum doula program serving pregnant people in Delaware County.

Support Center for Child Advocates: $5,000 to provide training for child-serving professionals. Training topics to include trauma, stress/burnout, mindfulness/self-care, and educational/behavioral health advocacy.

The Chester Children’s Chorus: $75,000 over three years to provide year-round music and academic support to Chester youth.

The Chester Cultural Arts and Technology Center: $18,000 to support a youth development program that offers trauma-informed primary prevention programming to youth age 5-18 in Delaware County.

Upper Chichester Library: $7,000 to support Upper Chichester Library Reading & STEM Summer 2022 Program for preschoolers through 12th grade.

Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation: $20,000 to support organizational capacity building to enrich children’s educational experience in the Upper Darby School District.

Widener University: $5,000 to support the Widener Child Therapy Clinic.

Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC) Foundation Inc: $20,000 to prepare youth in Delaware County to excel and become leaders in STEM careers.

Community and Economic Development: $285,000

Chester Community Improvement Project: $30,000 to support a pre-development assessment of vacant parcels of land for building new homes in the city of Chester.

Delaware County Historical Society: $25,000 to support accessible research and inclusive technology programming.

Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation: $50,000 to support the restoration and reopening of the 1927 Lansdowne Theater. (Funding with thanks to the Lillian H. Griffin Fund in memory of Lillian H. Griffin.)

Lansdowne Economic Development Corp. (LEDC): $60,000 over two years to foster economic development in Lansdowne through the support of the Utility Works Maker Space and Penn State Brandywine Launch Box.

Natural Lands: $40,000 over two years to support Darby Creek Watershed’s community engagement programs that advance climate initiatives.

Penn State Brandywine: $30,000 over two years to support The Idea Test Lab, which provides entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training/incubation, and industry mentors.

Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County: $50,000 over two years to support Chester Waterfront Development.

Hospice & Home Healthcare: $66,000

Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice: $25,000 to support and improve access to hospice and home care services for low-income residents in Delaware County. (Funding with thanks to the Delaware County Home Care Association Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.)

Surrey Services: $41,000 to support a comprehensive approach to enable seniors to age in place. (Funding with thanks to the Delaware County Home Care Association Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.)

Food Security: $271,500

Chester Housing Initiative, Inc.: $40,000 for the Ruth Bennett Community Farm to support access to nutrient-dense produce for children and families in Chester.

Cityteam: $20,000 to support CityTeam’s efforts to strengthen food security in Chester.

Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.: $5,000 to support Community Action Agency’s efforts in strengthening food security for people experiencing homelessness and low-income clients in Delaware County.

John J. Tyler Arboretum: $11,500 to increase food security in Delaware County.

Neighbor to Neighbor Comm. Dev. Corp.: $10,000 to support food security for residents in the Sharon Hill and Darby Township area.

Philabundance: $20,000 to support produce and meal-kit distribution and strengthen food security in partnership with Murphy’s Market and Chester High School.

Senior Community Services: $50,000 to provide home-delivered meals, helping to support food security among elderly people in Delaware County. (Funding with thanks to the Delaware County Home Care Association Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.)

Share Food Program: $100,000 to help establish Delaware County’s food bank and promote equitable food access across Delaware County food pantries.

The Salvation Army: $15,000 to increase food security for the Chester Food Program.

Services for Cancer Survivors: $22,500

Bringing Hope Home: $15,000 to support Delaware County families impacted by cancer with financial and emotional support

HEADstrong Foundation: $7,500 to provide social and financial support to newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Second-Year Payments to 2021 Impact Grantees: $409,435

CASA Youth Advocates, Inc.: $62,300 for Voices for Children, a collective impact campaign using data-driven advocacy and awareness to advance child well-being in Delaware County.

Chester Community Coalition: $28,975 to provide psychotherapy to teens impacted by violence and to train high school students in Teen Mental Health First Aid.

Chester Education Foundation: $40,000 for the Jetter Center for College and Career Services in Chester.

ChesPenn Health Services: $60,000 to provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care to children in Delaware County.

Children First PA: $40,000 to support lead poisoning prevention and the Justice in Education advocacy training program in Delaware County.

College Possible Philadelphia: $35,000 to support high school juniors and seniors from the Penn Wood and Upper Darby School Districts with college access services.

Drexel Neumann Academy: $25,000 for reading, math and in-house counseling support.

Elwyn: $38,160 to build the capacity of early childhood programs in Chester by improving social-emotional and academic kindergarten readiness skills of all learners.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS): 20,000 for their Out of School Time program at Park Lane Elementary in Darby.

Family Support Line of Delaware County, Inc.: $20,000 to support their mission to prevent and treat child sexual abuse.

First Up: $40,000 to promote trauma awareness among early childhood educators, and to train educators and families in trauma-informed practices to improve childhood outcomes.