Freeman Foundation sets Feb. 21 grant workshop for Sussex nonprofits

February 15, 2018

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations in Sussex County. Funding is available through the Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support grants program, which targets small organizations with operating budgets of $500,000 or less, which are often overlooked by funders.

The FACES program uses a volunteer advisory board composed of citizens who live or work in Sussex County. Typically, these people are community and business leaders, activists, students and nonprofit executives. Advisory board members evaluate the applications and recommend where funding should be awarded based on the needs and priorities of the community. The grant cycle opened Feb. 13, and applications are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 13. For guidelines and applications, go to

A workshop for grant applicants will take place at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown. This workshop will focus on an overview of the FACES grant process as well as the E-Grant system, which is used during the FACES grant application process. For more information about the application process, contact Melissa Rizer, Carl M. Freeman Foundations grant manager, at 302-436-6310 or Winners will be announced in May.

"This is our 18th year of giving FACES grants in Sussex County," said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. "We're so proud to be able to serve the most vulnerable organizations serving our community. We are committed to doing everything we can to help support and continue the vital work they do."

Organizations that received a FACES grant in 2017 include: Clothing Our Kids, Harry K Foundation, Howard T. Ennis School, Immanuel Shelter Inc., New Hope Recreation and Development Center Inc., North Georgetown Elementary School, Pathways to Success Inc., Selbyville Middle School, Student Mentoring at John M. Clayton Elementary School, Transitioning Our Toddlers to School, and Zoe Ministries Inc.

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation commits its time, talent and treasure to facilitate, support and promote innovative, community-based leadership and giving. It has been involved in the Sussex County community since the Freeman Companies began developing Sea Colony in the 1960s. As the Freeman Companies developed the communities of Bayside and Bear Trap Dunes, the foundation expanded its outreach with the FACES program. In 2008, the foundation began supporting The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an open-air performing arts venue located near Fenwick Island which will open its 11th season this summer. The Freeman Stage at Bayside is operated by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.