2021 Impact Grants Request for Proposals for Nonprofits Serving Delaware County

Eligibility:
Who Can Apply:

1. Tax-exempt organizations under any part of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
2. Grassroots organizations, collaboratives, or coalitions may apply under the auspices of a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
3. 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.

Grantmaking Priority Areas: Description and Goals

The Foundation for Delaware County’s 2021 Impact Grants Request for Proposals launches our third 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 priority 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 dealing with 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: preventive primary 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 eliminating crime and violence and improving youth well-being. Programs or initiatives should employ evidence-based, comprehensive approaches that address the multiple factors that impact crime and violence.

Education

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.

Housing. The foundation will consider awarding grants that facilitate access to affordable, quality, and safe housing for low-income families with children.

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 will 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. 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 the coordination of 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. These funds are provided from the Delaware County Home Care Fund held at the Philadelphia Foundation. Multi-year grants are not available from this fund.

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. Core support refers to a type of grant that helps nonprofits carry out their daily work. Core support grants are used to pay for expenses that are essential for an organization to function. They also help to strengthen an organization making it possible for them to thrive in the long-term. Project/program support grants provide organizations with the funds they need to develop and implement specific initiatives. These grants are usually time-bound and aimed at achieving specific goals and milestones.

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.

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.

Advocacy and Awareness address issues of importance to the program priorities of the foundation. Note that this area’s grants will be available for advocacy and public awareness expenses, not for lobbying or political campaigns.

Capital Expenditures for equipment or facilities needed to better serve vulnerable residents in Delaware County within the foundation’s priority program areas.

Consideration will be given to agencies that:

• 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 the county and agencies that address the most vulnerable populations’ needs, including families living in poverty, immigrants, non-English speakers, and minority-led organizations.

Timeline:

Application Opens – January 5, 2021
Application Due – February 9, 2021
Site Visits – February 11 – March 4, 2021
Award Announcements – April 29, 2021


The Response Fund will support and strengthen community-led efforts in the county. The Fund will identify local nonprofit organizations that have proven track records and are trusted by the communities that are most disproportionately affected by this crisis. Local organizations have the agility, trust, and knowledge to develop extremely effective approaches to engage with communities. The Response Fund’s community-based strategy will complement government actions and other response efforts and will provide both immediate relief and longer-term recovery initiatives for maximum impact.

We are considering three funding priority levels:

(1) Front Line Grants: funding for community-based nonprofits that have increased demand for services due to COVID-19. These nonprofits have deep roots in community and a strong track-record serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Examples of the types of nonprofits in most need: community-based health clinics, food pantries, organizations that support seniors, meal delivery programs, homelessness programs.

(2) Service-Challenged Grants: funding for nonprofits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes due to COVID-19 and need assistance to do so.

(3) Long-Term Recovery Grants: funding for nonprofits facing extreme difficulty due to lost revenue from closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges.

Grants are considered on a rolling basis. Apply online here.

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Questions? Contact: grants@delcofoundation.org or you can click here to schedule a meeting with Mischico Warren.