Delaware nonprofits are within the operating for 1000’s of grant funds

Delaware has five organizations that are applying for grants through the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives program. Whether they make it to the next step depends on how much they can raise through crowdfunding over the next few weeks. Organizations in the program are applying for 16 project grants—including three $100,000 grants, seven $50,000 grants, and six $25,000 grants—as well as community operations grants, each starting at $2,500. To qualify for the final exam, nonprofits must first raise either $3,000 or $6,000 in appropriate funds, depending on their size. The crowdfunding program started on July 18th and will last until August 12th. Here are the Delaware applicants and how they intend to use the money. Click on each organization’s heading to go to their donation pages.

ChristianaCare serves residents of all ages in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a focus on improving health outcomes, making quality care more accessible and reducing health care costs. The organization includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, emergency care centers, three hospitals, a dedicated emergency room and more. ChristianaCare works with communities to improve access to care, remove administrative burdens and barriers for patients and caregivers, and streamline care models to reduce patient out-of-pocket expenses. As part of their Community Thrives proposal, they plan to improve oncology care for adolescent and young adult (AYA) residents in the mid-Atlantic through a collaboration with Nemours Children’s Health.

This collaborative effort will create a standard to identify, track and manage newly diagnosed AYA oncology patients across the continuum of care, integrate new and existing services, identify and address unique AYA psychosocial issues, and recruit new patients into the AYA program record. With current data indicating approximately 3,300 AYA oncology patients in Delaware over the past 5 years, ChristianaCare believes this new collaboration could impact the majority of patients in their program while also identifying potential unmet needs. Funding from the Community Thrives program would contribute to AYA virtual or hybrid oncology patient networking and focus groups, help implement a mentoring program for younger patients, train dedicated staff to inform those in inpatient and outpatient settings, an AYA -Develop Oncology Counseling Service to improve treatment and management for patients and more.

Rashmi Rangan, director of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council, with a minibus that serves as a remote banking site for the unbanked.

The Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC) is committed to ensuring that every Delawarean has equal access to adequate resources and quality services necessary to participate in the mainstream banking and legal system, build financial stability, and accumulate generational wealth. They hold the major banks of Delaware accountable for the obligations of the Community Reinvestment Act, ensuring that state residents have equal access to legal and financial systems, and advocate and operate the Money School, the DCRAC Act, and the Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union. DCRAC serves approximately 3,500 low-income, mostly minority Delawareans annually and seeks to raise money to increase minority property ownership. Her project proposal, titled “Encouraging Minority Ownership Through Heirs’ Property and Estate Planning,” outlines a plan to solve muddled land titles for clients and assist in restoring their wealth. Based on every $10,000 raised, the organization can onboard a new client to restore each property to its highest and best use and improve the economic well-being of the community. The DCRAC ensures each client has removed barriers, is economically mobile and is on the path to building wealth, including opening a savings account, ensuring sustainable home ownership and taking steps to preserve and preserve their wealth.

The Delaware Manufactured Homeowners Association (DMHOA) promotes, represents, preserves and advances the interests and rights of manufactured homeowners on leased land statewide. The organization works with homeowners and whole developments to create new homeowners associations or protect existing ones, and holds training sessions across Delaware.

They also help homeowners learn about their rights and responsibilities, assist with rent arbitrations, reduce evictions, and solve problems caused by recent economic problems that are adversely affecting residents, such as the pandemic and inflation. The DMHOA applied for a Community Thrives grant to improve their nationwide communications. Mondy from the program would help improve the group’s communications in the form of mailing materials, travel, advertising and media, one to one meetings and ongoing training.

Ingleside Homes and Leon Weiner and Associates are converting the H. Fletcher Brown Mansion on Broom Street into 35 new affordable housing units for independently living seniors.

Ingleside Homes Inc.’s mission is to provide affordable housing, health care, and supportive social services to low- and middle-income seniors and has been since 1954. Its services include the Ingleside Retirement Homes since 1971, Ingleside Home Healthcare since 2005, and Ingleside Assisted Living since 2006, providing seniors with independent living quarters, daily meals, transportation, and a variety of other home health activities or supportive social services. The organization crowdfunds its “Benevolence” project, a program that provided “gap” funding for much-needed services for the elderly on very low incomes, which is the difference between government subsidies and the actual cost of the services. Each year, Ingleside distributes approximately $160,000 in support of the program, covering allowances for three hot meals per day, clothing, transportation, personal care services and items, and “gap insurance” to pay for medication. Ingleside aims to provide shelter, support and related living needs to at least 45 frail and low-income senior citizens, primarily Black people, who have been victimized by family through abuse, neglect, theft of their Social Security or retirement benefits and more.

NERDiT CARES is dedicated to closing the digital divide within communities while imparting digital literacy through education, entrepreneurship and social wellbeing.

NERDiT CARES is dedicated to closing the digital divide within communities while imparting digital literacy through education, entrepreneurship and social wellbeing. Their efforts are to nurture opportunities in education, careers and entrepreneurship, with the wealth made up of business owners in the communities who continue their mission. They provide pre-training, education and equipment donations and primarily serve low-income populations, minority communities, involved judicial authorities and TANF-eligible individuals. So far they have completed 45 pre-apprenticeships, 68% male, 32% female and 65% black. NERDiT also recycles or donates all of the equipment and equipment used in its programs, helping to erase records, reading and language barriers, and connecting to post-secondary education. The organization is seeking a Community Thrives grant for its NERDiT CARES Workforce Initiative, a workforce development program targeting communities that lack digital literacy and access. At the end of the program, students graduate with three certifications and hands-on experience in technical repair, enabling them to enter the workforce in an entry-level IT position or work toward an entrepreneurial opportunity with the NERDiT ecosystem. The funding would help the team continue to serve one cohort each quarter and then eventually allow it to serve even more people while expanding its program into other parts of the technology space. They are currently trying to mentor 25 people aged 17 to 50.

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