DCF's Kent and Sussex Youth Philanthropy boards invite grant applications

$20,000 total available in Kent and Sussex; deadline Jan. 4
December 10, 2012

Kent and Sussex counties nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for grants from the Delaware Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Board. Each board will award $10,000 in grants to Kent and Sussex schools and qualified 501c3 nonprofit organizations, in accordance with their designated area of focus. Requests for up to $2,500 will be accepted.

The Kent and Sussex YPBs will consider requests to support the following:  Programs that provide opportunities and/or promote awareness to enhance the lives of Kent County citizens with intellectual or developmental disabilities; Programs at Sussex County schools, clubs and civic/community organizations that provide teen support (e.g., bullying, pregnancy, substance abuse); Programs that pertain to environmental issues (e.g., beach restoration and people affected by natural disasters).

Grant requests must be submitted on a 2012 Youth Philanthropy Board Grant Application Form for the appropriate county. Forms are available at and can be submitted directly via email. Forms also may be printed and mailed to Delaware Community Foundation, Attn: Youth Philanthropy Board, 36 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Completed applications must be received or postmarked by Jan. 4, 2013. Grant recipients will be announced in April 2013.

The Delaware Community Foundation sponsors a Youth Philanthropy Board in each Delaware county to encourage youths to become more involved in philanthropy. Each board, composed of high school students, is allotted a pool of money to give as charitable grants. The students learn about philanthropy and effective grantmaking, study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, solicit grant proposals, and award grants to those they determine to be most deserving.

Retired Delaware educator Phyllis Wynn established the Youth Philanthropy Fund in 1999 because she wanted to encourage youth to become more involved in philanthropic ventures. Students who serve on the YPB are nominated by their principal or guidance counselor.

“The Youth Philanthropy Board program gives students an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure and the challenges of charitable giving,” said Hugh D. Leahy Jr., DCF senior vice president for Southern Delaware. “It’s an important program because we are cultivating the philanthropists of tomorrow.”

Youth Philanthropy Board for Sussex County includes Katelyn Gebbia, senior, Cape Henlopen High School, Rehoboth Beach; Evan Plivelich, senior, Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes; Marissa Bradley, senior, Delmar High School, Delmar;  Dhvani Patel, junior, Delmar High School, Delmar; Jennifer Baker, senior, Delmarva Christian High School, Georgetown; Katherine Harmon, junior, Delmarva Christian High School, Dagsboro; Kirsten Goodman, senior, Indian River High School, Millville;  Ashley Hastings, senior, Laurel High School, Laurel; Noah Maddox-Bell, junior, Seaford High School, Seaford; Courtney Michel, junior, Seaford High School, Seaford; Anna Kelly, senior, St. Thomas More Academy, Milford; Matthew Conlin, senior, St. Thomas More Academy, Lewes; Jeralyne Hyland, senior, Sussex Central High School, Laurel; Imani Nichols, senior, Sussex Tech High School, Greenwood; Hannah Menendez, senior, Sussex Tech High School, Georgetown; Tyler Davis, senior, Woodbridge High School, Seaford; Danielle Glenn, junior, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville; Elise Harmon, senior, Worcester Preparatory School, Rehoboth Beach.

The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State.  For information, call 302-856-4393 in Southern Delaware or go to