FY 2023 Community Project Funding Submissions


  •  $3,500,000 for Infant and Toddler Center, Latin American Community Center

The funding would be used to support the construction of LACC’s new Infant and Toddler Center, repair and maintenance of LACC’s existing community services building that serves the local Latin American community, and building of a new playground. These projects provide high-quality early childhood education for low-income children while removing barriers to employment for their families, create 30 new childcare jobs for Spanish-speaking individuals, and strengthen services provided in LACC’s facilities.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

  •  $1,500,000 for Improving Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Services for Youth, Nemours

The funding would be used to increase Delaware’s pediatric behavioral health workforce by providing highly specialized, evidence-based training and hours of supervision for master’s level therapists to meet the need for mental and behavioral health services among Delaware’s children and youth across the continuum of care. I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in this project.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
  •  $600,000 for Habitat for Humanity Strategic Land Acquisition Project, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity 

 Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) will purchase 15 building lots for affordable homeownership opportunities throughout Sussex County. All lots will be acquired during federal fiscal year 2023, between October 2022 and September 2023. While outside of the scope of this application, SCHFH will begin construction on these lots in 2024 and complete construction in 2025.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

  • $860,000 for a Farm Incubator Module, Delaware Department of Agriculture

The funding would be used to enhance the farmer education and field experience, and help new and developing farmers gain the farming skills necessary before committing to leasing or owning their own farm property.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • $1,164,000 for Community Harm Reduction Outreach Project, Beebe Healthcare 

The funding would be used to provide a comprehensive Substance Abuse and Mental Health outreach initiative that includes a targeted Community Harm Reduction Program that addresses the specific challenges of increased Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorder (COD) needs in Sussex County, DE

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies

  • $463,824 for Survey of PFAS and Co-contaminants in Delaware Groundwater, University of Delaware

The funding would be used to collect and analyze samples collected from deep wells that draw water from confined aquifers, which have not previously been tested for PFAS chemicals. This work would fill a critical gap in Delaware’s ability to provide clean drinking water to its residents and would also build new relationships between Delaware’s universities and state agencies.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • $600,000 for Central Delaware Aviation Complex Planning and Design, Delaware Department of Transportation 

The funding would be used to enhance and expand the existing Dover Civil Air Terminal to become the Central Delaware Aviation Complex. This strategic development will help provide job opportunities for residents of all skill levels and abilities, including jobs in manufacturing, research development, mechanical/technical, and distribution.  

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • $1,500,000 for Community Learning Center at 8th and West Street, The Choir School of Delaware

The Choir School’s new purpose-built 21st Century Community Learning Center at 412 West 8th Street in Wilmington will be an accessible, state-of-the-art facility with a 225 seat auditorium for community programming and choral concerts. The building includes ample room to serve more than 100 children, and space for on-site social service providers and expanded programming such as a Wellness Center, Writing Center, STEM Center, a dedicated room for tutoring and homework assistance, plus a kitchen for daily meals.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • $500,000 for Accessible Playground at Dover Park, City of Dover 

The funding would be used to build a large, accessible playground in Dover Park for children, youth, and adults who have physical and intellectual disabilities. Having the funding for this accessible playground will improve park and recreational resources for Dover citizens, provide safe and enjoyable park experiences, and ensure that the park is an asset that contributes to the overall vitality of the City of Dover.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
  • $250,000 for Social Workers & Mental Health Workers Statewide, Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware

The funding would be used to integrate additional mental health services by hiring social workers/mental health professionals in each of Delaware’s three counties. 

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
  • $4,955,129 for Lombard Street Redevelopment, Central Baptist Community Development Corporation

The long-vacant church building at 10th and Lombard will be redeveloped to include affordable, high-quality apartments in the Eastside neighborhood. A 5-unit complex will be built on the existing parking lot (funded by Delaware State Housing Authority). The church building will be redeveloped to include at least five units of beautiful affordable apartments. We anticipate the ground level will house our Workforce Development Program and Trade School, along with space for our partner Culture Restoration Project who provide youth programming. However, we are also considering a second site for the Workforce Development and CRP. If that second site is chosen, we’ll make the highest best use of ground level on the 10th and Lombard location, probably additional affordable housing.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • $500,000 for Administrative Building Site Infrastructure, CHEER Inc.

The funding for this project will provide essential services for over 300 low-income senior citizens—many who rely on CHEER to be able to continue living in their own private homes.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • $900,000 for Food is Medicine Project, Christiana Care 

The funding would be used to fund a one-year pilot program to implement a comprehensive “Food is Medicine” program for pregnant women who are obese, living in poor food environments and receiving prenatal care with ChristianaCare in an effort to improve health outcomes for moms and babies.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
  • $774,611 for Roof Replacement and Transportation Support, New Castle County's Hope Center

The Hope Center provides temporary emergency non-congregate shelter for people experiencing homelessness.  The hotel was purchased to increase the capacity of the homeless system during COVID-19 by providing additional hotel room space. The Hope Center offers wrap-around comprehensive services including substance abuse and mental health counseling, case management and primary care. The objective is to transition Hope Center guests into permanent housing.

Certification Letter can be found here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • $2,201,445 for Emergency Department Behavioral Health Treatment Center, Tidal Health 

The funding would be used to develop a dedicated private and safe behavioral health treatment area within the Emergency Department at TidalHealth Nanticoke

Certification Letter can be found here.

Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies

FY 2022 Community Project Funding Submissions 

  •  $17,500,000 for Fuel Cell and Corrosion Control Hangar

The funding would be used for the replacement of a critical maintenance hangar needed by the Delaware Air National Guard 166th Airlift Wing to effectively accomplish their domestic and foreign missions on behalf of Delaware and the nation. The new hangar would replace a nearly 60-year-old hangar that not only makes work on critical maintenance less efficient but poses serious safety hazards for the service members and the aircraft. 

Certification Letter can be found here.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee

  •  $100,000 for Richard Allen Historic School Repair

The funding would be used for much-needed repairs to the historic school, a landmark designated by the Delaware Public Archives that serves as a bipartisan, multiracial source of community and pride. The school is an essential community facility which hosts community programs for seniors and youth, provides education space for youth in the community that lack reliable internet, and contains a community food pantry.

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee


  • $937,500 for New Castle Agricultural Programming Building

The funding would be used for the construction of an essential community facility which will support agricultural programming for families that reside in underserved rural areas in Delaware. It would also support the Delaware 4-H and FFA Association programming, including STEM-based learning, wellness, and leadership skills.  

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee

  •  $1,900,000 for Statewide Violence Reduction Project

The funding would be used for evidence-based violence intervention programs across Delaware, including a law enforcement violence reduction strategy, hospital-based violence intervention programs, and community-based violence intervention programs. These programs will aim to decrease violent crime and shooting incidents by 10 percent statewide, implement and staff violence intervention programs within 90 days of award, and offer services to a minimum of 200 individuals.

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee

  •  $1,600,000 for Statewide Body-Worn Camera Project

The funding would be used to provide the necessary resources for Delaware to be the first state in the nation to have every law enforcement officer equipped with a body-worn camera. The funding would promote accountability and transparency of police, reduce overall misconduct by police officers, and enhance trust in law enforcement by communities. The proposal has the support of law enforcement, advocates, and the broader community.

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee

  •  $1,000,000 for Center for Urban Revitalization and Entrepreneurship

The funding would be used to address the lack of small business incubators in Kent County, Delaware, including Dover. The incubator will promote entrepreneurship and community development in Dover and for underserved communities in the region.

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee

  •  $275,000 for Delaware Division of Libraries, Dover, DE for a telehealth initiative, including the purchase of equipment

Delaware Division of Libraries, 121 MLK Jr. Blvd N, Dover, DE 19901

The funding would be used to provide efficient and cost-effective telehealth access for rural and underserved communities across Delaware. The project would help decrease health disparities throughout the state by providing reliable internet access that is within reasonable travel distances.

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

  •  $350,000 for Tidalhealth Nanticoke, Seaford, DE for facilities and equipment

The funding would be used to outfit a mobile health van and create a mobile clinic to help address health disparities and poor health outcomes in disadvantaged communities within Western Sussex County, Delaware. The mobile clinic will also serve three school-based wellness centers in collaboration with the school systems and utilize data analytics to direct services to communities with the greatest need.

 

Certification Letter can be found here.

 

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee


 $3.5 million to support the construction of LACC’s new Infant and Toddler Center, repair and maintenance of LACC’s existing community services building that serves the local Latin American community, and building of a new playground. These projects provide high-quality early childhood education for low-income children while removing barriers to employment for their families, create 30 new childcare jobs for Spanish-speaking individuals, and strengthen services provided in LACC’s facilities. 

 $3.5 million to support the construction of LACC’s new Infant and Toddler Center, repair and maintenance of LACC’s existing community services building that serves the local Latin American community, and building of a new playground. These projects provide high-quality early childhood education for low-income children while removing barriers to employment for their families, create 30 new childcare jobs for Spanish-speaking individuals, and strengthen services provided in LACC’s facilities. 

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