Female entrepreneur grant applications due March 4

DD Entrepreneurial Foundation invests $20,000 for startup capital
January 14, 2022

The DD Entrepreneurial Foundation announced applications are open for its new grant program to support future female entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The foundation will provide start-up capital to new businesses and grants to existing businesses led by female entrepreneurs, and fund entrepreneurial opportunities for young women via education and internships.

A total of $20,000 in funding is available for three grant finalists. A grand prize recipient will receive a $15,000 grant. A runner-up will receive a $3,000 grant, and a second runner-up will receive a $2,000 grant. The inaugural grant program is funded by proceeds generated from sales of DD Project Wines.

The purpose-driven organization was created in loving memory of the founder’s late mother Diane Rizzo (Dickerson), a trailblazing entrepreneur and co-founder of the Capriotti’s sandwich franchise. With strong local roots, the business’s Pinot Grigio and Rosé are currently sold exclusively in Delaware liquor stores and restaurants, with a Cabernet coming in February.

“My mom was well known for loving her Pinot Grigio. It’s also a passion I share. When thinking of how to keep her memory alive, wine was the first thing I thought of,” said David Britz, DD Project Wines founder. “But I wanted to do more than sell a wine; I wanted the proceeds to be used to inspire future entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

Grant applications are due by Friday, March 4. Businesses must be majority female-owned and already be duly organized. Applicants and businesses must be formed in Delaware or in the surrounding Delmarva region.

To learn more and apply, go to

Any grant application submitted after the due date will not be considered.

Winners will be announced at A Celebration of Women in Business: Wine Tasting and Awards Gala hosted by DD Entrepreneurial Foundation, Saturday, March 12, at Children’s Beach House in Lewes. All three finalists are expected to attend.


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