To support Delaware County’s nonprofit organizations’ continued operations in light of the costs of business interruptions caused by required closures and additional expenses related to compliance with public health requirements, in each case as a result of the coronavirus public health emergency. The Delco Strong 2 program (for profit businesses) is administered by the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board, which together with The Foundation for Delaware County will administer the nonprofit community portion. 

Nonprofit organizations can apply online now and are eligible for grants up to $50,000. The grant application will close July 21 at 5:00 p.m.

The Delco Counts 2020 Action Fund is a partnership between The Foundation for Delaware County, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (Philanthropy Network), United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the Delaware County Complete County Committee. It was created to support Delaware County organizations in promoting a complete and accurate count of all residents in the upcoming 2020 Census.

The fund will provide grants up to $5,000 and in certain circumstances above $5,000 to nonprofit community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status that agree to advance the work of the 2020 Census in neighborhoods and demographic communities that are identified to be at risk of being undercounted.

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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