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Delaware earmarks some federal COVID relief funds for nonprofits

Delaware Public Media

Delaware is using federal American Rescue Plan funds to set up a new fund to help nonprofits with major capital projects.

The state announced it will provide nonprofits with one-time funding for capital projects in communities hard hit by COVID-19.

The state is using $100 million of ARPA money for the Community Investment Recovery Fund.

The expectation is plenty of applications will be filed, but the applicants have to meet the strict federal regulations to be awarded any money according to Claire DeMatteis who is a special assistant to the governor.

"The capital projects need to meet education, work, and health monitoring needs of the community, and it's an and it can't be one of those three it needs to be all of those three."

DeMatteis says the state will try to award the funds for projects all over the state.

"We'll certainly be fair geographically up and down the state to make sure that these funds get to communities hardest hit by the health consequences of this pandemic and also the economic consequences of this pandemic."

Funding applications are available at, and must be fully completed and submitted by November 30.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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