Each year, the Foundation has an open, competitive grantmaking process. You can learn more about the 2023 Impact Grant process and priorities below. Grants from this cycle were announced at the end of April, 2023. You can find a list of the 2023 Impact Grant awards here. The next cycle of Impact Grants will open in Winter 2023/2024. Please sign up for the Foundation’s e-newsletter to stay up to date on all opportunities.
Grants are awarded from donor-advised funds, designated funds, scholarships, field of interest funds and more. Gifts from these funds are used to support cancer programs, hospice, programs for seniors, the arts, the environment, education and more.
Impact Grant Funding Priorities: Description and Goals
The Foundation for Delaware County’s 2023 Impact Grants Request for Proposals launches our fourth competitive grantmaking cycle. While we make some grants from Donor-Advised Funds as well as restricted and specialized funds, the grants awarded through this competitive grant process will advance the Foundation’s goal to improve the health and quality of life of children and families in Delaware County.
For the current funding cycle, the Foundation will consider awarding grant funds in the following funding priorities designed to address many social determinants of health:
Children’s Health and Well-Being (Infants to ages 18)
Behavioral Health. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations that offer education, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and supportive services to help families and children experiencing mental health and substance use disorders in Delaware County.
Children’s Health and Nutrition. The Foundation will consider awarding grants that expand and improve services to low-income children and their families in areas such as: primary preventive care, lead screening, asthma treatment, immunization, oral care, nutrition, vision care, and developmental services in Delaware County. In addition, grant funds may be used to support advocacy efforts to benefit children and for children’s programming.
Crime and Violence Prevention. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations with the primary focus of reducing crime and violence and improving youth well-being. Programs or initiatives should employ evidence-based, comprehensive approaches to address the multiple factors impacting crime and violence.
Early Childhood Education and Development. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to support early childhood programs that promote early development (formally and informally) from birth up to the age of six.
Elementary and Middle School. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to support programs and initiatives that provide academic support to elementary and middle school-age students. Efforts may include out-of-school-time (OST) academic programs.
Vocational and Job Training. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations that help prepare youth for further education and successful careers. Funding requested can include specific classes offered to learners to train for a job or career.
Maternity and Prenatal/Postnatal Care. The Foundation will consider awarding grants that expand quality services to vulnerable mothers and infants, early entry into prenatal care, routine prenatal and postpartum care, pregnancy spacing, and other supportive services that decrease maternal mortality and infant mortality/morbidity and increase early childhood growth and development.
Preventive Health Care. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations that improve/expand preventive healthcare services to low-income and vulnerable children in Delaware County.
Youth Development. The Foundation will consider awarding grants to support initiatives and interventions that enhance strengths, promotes positive outcomes, and prepare young people to reach their full potential.
Community and Economic Development
The Foundation will consider awarding strategic investment grants to enhance community and economic development strategies in Delaware County. This could include arts and culture initiatives that catalyze community and economic development. In addition, the Foundation will support impact assessments and other strategic planning efforts to attract public/private investments to support an increase in affordable housing and the supply of stable housing in low-income communities.
Community Mental Health Services
The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations that offer education, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and supportive services to help adults experiencing mental health challenges in Delaware County.
The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations that strengthen the emergency food safety net in Delaware County. Proposals should enhance the availability, quality, variety, or desirability (culturally appropriate) of food and involve coordinating emergency food services.
Hospice and Home Care
The Foundation will consider awarding grants to organizations providing hospice and home healthcare services for low-income, disabled, and vulnerable senior citizens in Delaware County. Unfortunately, multi-year grants are not available for this funding priority.
Types of grants to be funded
There will be a limited number of multi-year grants (up to 3 years) available.
Organizations can apply for only ONE grant per year or a multi-year period.
Types of grants that will be considered:
1. Core Support to nonprofits working in one or more of the Foundation’s priority program areas.
2. Program or Project Support to start, advance, operate, expand, and/or improve programs or projects that meet one or more of the Foundation’s priority program areas.
Grant preference will be given to agencies that:
Application Opens – December 30, 2022
Application Due – February 3, 2023
Site Visits (Virtual and On-Site) – February 9 – March 3, 2023
Award Announcements – April 28, 2023
Who Can Apply:
Note: Applicant organizations must comply with local, state, and federal regulations.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or schedule a meeting with the foundation’s Director of Nonprofit Services, Mischico Warren for more information.