ACF Grants for 2021-22 FY

July 16, 2021

Arsht-Cannon Fund Awards $554,050 to Latino-serving Partners Statewide

The Arsht-Cannon Fund (ACF) at the Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $554,050 in 2021-22 grants to support 30 non-profit programs that improve the lives of Latinos – and all Delawareans.

With the ACF mission to provide educational opportunities to Hispanic Delawareans, grants were given to support lifelong language and literacy learning ($70,000); pre-K through career/college preparation ($150,000); arts and cultural education ($27,450); health education ($74,600); educational advocacy ($72,000) and community collaborative programs ($160,000).

“Despite the multiple challenges and hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delaware’s non-profits are coming out of the last 18 months with a better understanding of the Latino youth and adults they strive to support and of the strategies needed to extend their reach and ultimate success.” stated Dr. Christine Cannon, Executive Director, ACF.

First-time ACF Planning Grants were given 16 nonprofits to develop and pilot strategies that will expand program access to Latino children and families throughout Delaware. These grants support nonprofits focused on integrating culturally- and linguistically-relevant approaches within their successful education-based programs. Funding supports team planning and often, the hiring of bilingual staff. The outcomes – the lives of more Latinos are changed forever.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Network – $4000 for eight La Colectiva de Delaware programs transitioning during COVID-19

Read Aloud Delaware — $25,000 for bilingual Lena Start programs

Choir School of Wilmington — $15,000 for their afterschool program

Christiana Care’s Gene Editing Institute — $20,000 for Seeds for STEM high school program

Delaware College Scholars –$25,000 to recruit Latino students from Kent and Sussex Counties

Delaware Shakespeare — $15,000 for statewide community tours of “A Bilingual Twelfth Night”

Supporting KIDDS — $35,000 for its’ Delaware Latino Community Grief Support pilot expansion to Sussex County

Hispanic American Association of Delaware — $17,600 for Amigas Activas y Saludables program in New Castle County

ACLU of DE — $6,000 for promotion / availability in English of “Entre Nosotr@s” radio program

Ongoing and Successful ACF Program Grants (intermittently funded within the last few years) continue to maintain and expand a variety of education-based programs (language, literacy, kindergarten through college readiness, arts, advocacy, and family support and navigation). Funding maintains consistent program quality, growth and impact by supporting bilingual staffing and needed resources. These grants include:

Literacy Delaware — $15,500 for their ESL Program and tutor training in southern Delaware 2

Reading Assist Institute — $25,000 for Reading Assist Intervention Program at Las Americas Aspira Academy and Sussex Montessori

Rodel Foundation of Delaware — $25,000 for Delaware Readiness Teams’ Latino community engagement

TeenSHARP — $40,000 for the Striver Program for Latino students in New Castle County

The Delaware Contemporary — $6,000 for Building a Creative Future: Creatives 2 Initiative’s Latino arts career scholarship program

Rodel Foundation of Delaware — $41,000 for Advancing Education Funding Equity for English Learners program

Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now — $25,000 for Juntos Delaware

First State Community Action Agency — $71,400 (given in early 2021) to the Sussex County Relief Program

La Esperanza Community Center — $65,000 for the Resource Navigation and Family Coaching Program

Latino Partnership Grants support critically-important programs that have adapted with the needs and growth of Delaware’s immigrant families over the last 7-10 years. The Arsht-Cannon Fund has consistently supported these partners:

Polytech Adult Education — $25,393 for the Family Literacy Program in Kent County

National Alliance for Mental Illness – Delaware — $22,000 for the Hispanic Services Initiative

Friends of the Milton Public Library, the Dover Public Library and the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center — $6,450 to plan and provide the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

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