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Mid-Del Foundation

What is Mid-Del Charitable Foundation?

The Mid-Del Charitable Foundation is an endeavor to support organizations and activities involving agricultural, civic and social needs existing in the State of Delaware. The Foundation was established to consolidate the charitable undertakings of Delaware State Fair, Inc. and Harrington Raceway, Inc.

Mission Statement
The mission of Mid-Del Charitable Foundation is to consolidate the charitable undertakings of Delaware State Fair, Inc. and Harrington Raceway, Inc., with an emphasis on supporting organizations and activities involving agricultural, civic and social needs existing in the State of Delaware and such other charitable, educational and scientific endeavors as the governing body of the Foundation from time to time or at any time deems appropriate.

Policies & Guidelines

GRANT-MAKING POLICY: The Board of Directors of Mid-Del Charitable Foundation oversees all grant-making and awards grants for charitable purposes to non-profit organizations having a 501(c)(3) designation by the Internal Revenue Service. Applicants must serve Delaware and its residents without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age or national origin.

GRANT GUIDELINES: Proposals are considered for organizations and activities involving agricultural, civic and social needs existing in the State of Delaware and such other charitable, educational and scientific endeavors that the Board deems appropriate.

GRANT-MAKING CYCLE: The Foundation conducts one annual grant-making cycle in September, ending August 31.

What We Support
The Mid-Del Charitable Foundation supports organizations and charitable, educational and scientific endeavors which address the wide range of needs that include, but are not limited to, health and human services, arts, agriculture, education and environment. We are especially interested in supporting organizations which address agricultural, civic and social needs.

What We Don’t Support
The Mid-Del Charitable Foundation does not generally make grants for the following:

  • Religious activities
  • Lobbying or any other activity of a political nature
  • Individuals
  • Travel for individuals or groups
  • Capital projects
  • Administrative expenses

How To Apply
Proposals must be submitted on a Mid-Del Charitable Foundation Grant Application Form, which provides the Foundation Board a concise way to compare the diverse applicant pool. **Note: Please do not send any budgets or paperwork in bindings. All paperwork should be single sheet copies that are attached by paperclips or staples only. Thank you.**

You may also request a copy of the grant application form by calling the Mid-Del Foundation at Delaware State Fair, (302) 398-3269. Applications must be postmarked by August 31 for consideration. Use the following checklist to make certain you cover these important points:

  • Background of your agency, its primary mission and major programs
  • The problem or need that your project addresses
  • The goals and objectives of the project and an implementation timetable
  • The people who will be served
  • The geographic area the program will serve
  • Project budget and funding.

Any questions about the grant application form or process should be directed to William DiMondi at (302) 398-3269.

The Review Process
When the Foundation receives your completed grant application, the staff evaluates it for conformity with guidelines. Qualified proposals are presented to the Board for consideration. Your organization will be notified within 90 days as to the acceptability of your proposal. Initial acceptance of your application does not guarantee funding.  Organizations with accepted proposals may be contacted to schedule a site visit with a member of the Board and/or staff. You will be notified of the final status of your request following Board action.

IF YOU RECEIVE A MID-DEL FUND GRANT: Grantees are encouraged to distribute a news release announcing the grant and describing the project or program to be carried forth with Mid-Del Charitable Foundation funding.

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A MID-DEL FUND GRANT: All applications within the scope of the Foundation’s mission are given thorough study by staff and Board. However, the Foundation receives requests far in excess of its ability to give and, therefore, many more grant requests are denied than are approved.

Qualified organizations which are declined may reapply at a later date.

Officers & Directors

Howell F. Wallace - President
Eugene H. Bayard – Vice President
R. Ronald Draper – Treasurer
William Willis – Director
William J. DiMondi – Secretary
Robert F. Rider, Jr. -
Director