Gov. John Carney and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer on Sept. 9 announced the $25 million Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund, which will support organizations that have provided services to Delawareans and Delaware families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations that provide a range of important services are eligible for assistance under the Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund. Services include assistance for food, substance abuse issues, job loss, homelessness, and domestic abuse.
“Nonprofit organizations across our state, their employees and their volunteers have stepped up for their neighbors and provided critical services throughout this COVID-19 pandemic,” Carney said. “In many cases, they saw increased caseloads and need extra support to assist Delaware families. The bottom line is this: Delaware could not get through this crisis without these committed service organizations. We owe them our support and our gratitude.”
The Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund is jointly funded by the State of Delaware and New Castle County, using federal allocations by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Nonprofits may receive reimbursement for basic operational expenses – such as assistance with cleaning supplies and funding for personal protective equipment – as well as reimbursement for increased caseloads. Grants will be awarded based on the nonprofit’s 2019 operating expense budget. The program excludes organizations that qualify for assistance under the $100 million DE Relief Grants program, administered by the Delaware Division of Small Business.
“We realize the value of all Delaware nonprofits,” said Michelle Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Delaware. “Some are large and some are as small as one or two people. United Way of Delaware will work to ensure that every nonprofit, regardless of size, has equitable access to the available funds.”