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 ddefoundation.org/apply.
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.