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Impact Grants Funding Priorities: Description and Goals

The Foundation for Delaware County’s 2022 Impact Grants Request for Proposals launches our fourth competitive grantmaking cycle. While we also make some grants from donor-advised funds as well as restricted and specialized funds, the grants awarded through this competitive application process are focused on advancing 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 areas 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 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. This effort can 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. This effort 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 health care 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 are catalysts for 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.

Food Security

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.


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 above funding priorities.
  2. Program or Project Support to start, advance, operate, expand, and/or improve programs or projects that meet one or more of the above funding priorities.
    1. Capacity Building grants to organizations for one-time projects to improve organizational capacity. Examples include but are not limited to: strategic, business, or succession planning; software research, selection, implementation, and training; projects to enhance evaluation and data collection; and similar projects.
    2. Advocacy and Awareness addressing issues of importance to the above funding priorities. Note that this area’s grants will be available for advocacy and public awareness expenses, not for lobbying or political campaigns.
    3. Capital Expenditures for equipment or facilities needed to better serve vulnerable residents in Delaware County within the above funding priorities.

Grant preference will be given to agencies that:

  • Have completed their organization’s GuideStar (Platinum level Seal of Transparency)
  • Demonstrate efficient use of philanthropic dollars.
  • Have a strong and proven record of collaborating with other entities serving the residents of Delaware County.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competency in staff and board composition, including employing bilingual staff where existing and potential clients are non-English speakers.
  • Have embedded or are in the process of embedding a trauma-informed care approach to services and programs.
  • Can provide evidence of a commitment to capacity building and succession planning where appropriate.
  • Preference will be given to agencies located in Delaware County and agencies that address the most vulnerable populations’ needs, including families living in poverty, immigrants, non-English speakers, and minority-led organizations.

Application Opens – January 4, 2022
Application Due – February 8, 2022
Site Visits (Virtual and On-Site) – February 11 – March 4, 2022
Award Announcements – April 29, 2022

Who Can Apply:

  • Tax-exempt organizations under any part of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Grassroots organizations, collaboratives, or coalitions may apply under the auspices of a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
  • All grant proceeds must be used to provide programs and services in and for Delaware County residents.

Note: Applicant organizations must comply with local, state, and federal regulations.

The 2021 Impact Grants awards were announced at the end of April, 2021. You can find a list of all grants awarded here. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on all grant application announcements and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @delcofdn.

Questions? Contact or schedule a meeting with Mischico Warren for more information.