DOVER — Thirty nonprofit programs that work to improve the lives of Latinos and all Delawareans have received a total of $554,050 in 2021-22 grants, awarded by the Arsht-Cannon Fund of the Delaware Community Foundation.
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 nonprofits 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,” Dr. Christine Cannon, executive director of ACF, said in a prepared statement.
First-time ACF planning grants were given to several 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 following were the recipients of these grants:
Ongoing 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:
Latino partnership grants support critically important programs that have adapted with the needs and growth of Delaware’s immigrant families over the last seven to 10 years. The Arsht-Cannon Fund has consistently supported these partners: