The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its June 2021 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence to support the acquisition of land in Sussex County and the construction of this emerging public charter high school designed to address inequities through their Service Learning curriculum and based on Bryan Allen Stevenson's concept of pathways via proximity.
Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to assist with replacing their aging underground electrical system that causes frequent outages, and therefore significant disruption to operations.
EDGE for Tomorrow to support the replacement of flooring due to the discovery of mold, as well as mold remediation, in their after-school spaces.
Greater Harrington Historical Society to support the replacement of a protective roof structure over their historical 1925 railroad caboose.
Harry K Foundation to assist with purchasing a refrigerated mobile van for their mobile pantry program, started in 2020 in response to food needs in "desert" areas across the state.
Kennett Library to support the construction of the New Kennett Library and Resource Center, which will allow for expansion of their critical ESL and Adult Learning programs, among other much-needed community resources.
Science, Technology and Research Institute of Delaware to assist with the purchase of an addition to their mass spectrometer instrument to automate preparation of water samples containing PFAS, which will increase sample throughput, improve quality of results, and allow for a faster turn-around time when testing for this "forever chemical" in drinking water.
Serviam Girls Academy to support the renovation of a space in their new location to create a multi-purpose gym for students to exercise, learn, perform, and flourish.
West End Neighborhood House to assist with safe and affordable housing for former foster care and homeless youth who have aged out of the system, including Delaware's first dedicated unit for disabled former foster care or homeless youth.
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Grant Recipient Spotlight
In 1881, the Nanticoke Indian tribe was first recognized by the State of Delaware. Over 140 years later, the organization that bears their name — The Nanticoke Indian Association Inc. (NIA) — continues to honor the spirit and deep commitment of the Nanticoke Tribe and its cultural heritage. NIA improves and promotes the well-being of the Nanticoke Indian Community and increases the visibility of American Indian cultures in rural areas in order to cultivate awareness, understanding, and respect, while also preserving the existence of the Nanticoke Tribe as an Aboriginal/Indigenous Society through conservation, education and cultural awareness programs.
NIA is in the process of building a new Nanticoke Indian Cultural Community Center, with assistance from Welfare Foundation, among other funders. The new Center will allow NIA to continue programming like native language studies, spiritual formation, arts & crafts, dance, counseling, domestic violence & substance abuse, mental health, food bank, elder support, youth programming, social services and healthy meals.
Their vision is to protect and preserve history by restoring and improving their current treasures (the Nanticoke Indian Museum and The Nanticoke Indian Community Center) while increasing education, conservation and preservation, to provide two dynamic places of learning, cultural preservation, and sense of community, both for native people and the surrounding community.
The NIA’s goal of revitalization, restoration and renovation is to provide more culturally relevant education, art, exhibitions and new additional programming in an inclusive, safe, tribal community space. The much improved and additional space will better allow for the tribal community – youth, adults, elders, and families to participate, connect, and grow.