Support for athletic gear, funds to help neighbors in emergency situations, large print books, and expanding a pet therapy program were among the good causes supported by 11 recent grants from the Greater Lewes Foundation endowment.

Twelve proposals were received this fall for grants to “maintain and improve the quality of life in the Greater Lewes region.”  Successful applicants included:

  • Art in Bloom – promotional materials for fundraising efforts.
  • Cape Community Fund – assist with promotional materials explaining the fund to local Cape region residents.
  • Cape Henlopen Educational Fund – help Shields Elementary students continue in the Odyssey of the Mind competition.
  • Clear Space Productions – scholarships for students to participate in the Institute programs.
  • Community Resource Center – computer for services to the vulnerable.
  • GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club – provide dorm necessities to college students in need from Cape Henlopen HS.
  • Girls on the Run Delaware – scholarships for athletic gear.
  • Lewes After School Program – matching grant to assist students from Shields Elementary School.
  • Lewes Public Library – increase their collection of fiction and non-fiction large print books.
  • Paws for People – expand their pet therapy program in the greater Lewes community.
  • Ronald McDonald House –assistance to Lewes families – 26 families were helped during 2015.

Joe Stewart, chair of the GLF, said “There are so many worthwhile causes in our region that we wish the GLF could do more, but we are limited by the size of our endowment.”  Stewart said “any donations to help grow the Foundation’s endowment would be greatly appreciated, and 100% of GLF gifts will go, in perpetuity, to local charities.”

Stewart noted that, in addition to annual grants made from the GLF endowment, the GLF has raised and distributed over $5 million to local charitable causes through its various funds and program activities over the past 16 years.

Each June, the GLF also provides college scholarships to graduating seniors from Cape Henlopen High School, and Sussex County high schools, from five of the funds it maintains.