The Delaware Bar Foundation employs a formal grant application process for community organizations and projects that aim to serve its mission of improving the administration of justice in Delaware by providing legal services for the poor, promoting study and research in the field of law, fostering knowledge of citizenship rights and responsibilities and enhancing public respect for the rule of law. All applications will generally be reviewed twice a year – April 1 and October 1. Please plan accordingly.
This year the Foundation forged new collaborations and partnerships and supported the following programs:
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services
The Board of Directors of the Delaware Bar Foundation is pleased to announce its grant awards through the FY2022 Community Grants program. Funds were awarded to Delaware Volunteer Legal Services to overhaul its website and create a pro bono portal for volunteering Delaware attorneys. The Foundation is pleased to partner to promote pro bono service by members of the bar.
Community Legal Aid Society
Delaware Center for Justice
Past programs supported by the Delaware Bar Foundation include:
Funds were awarded to The Warehouse for its F*(ollow) The Law Program. The Warehouse is a state of the art teen center located in Northeast Wilmington, and a service entity of the WRK (The Warehouse, REACH Riverside and Kingswood Community Center) Group. Teen members consider, evaluate and decide which programs will be offered to their peers within the center. The F*(ollow) The Law program teaches teens how to engage safely and productively with the police. From a traffic stop to encountering a police officer in the neighborhood, the program educates teens about their rights and responsibilities while guiding them on how to avoid any escalation of the encounter. Brian Alleyne, a former Wilmington police officer along with Daniel Logan, a federal prosecutor, walk the teens through various scenarios with role play to show how reactions & actions can be misinterpreted or unwittingly escalate the situation. The Foundation is proud to support The Warehouse and this program which matches the Foundation’s mission to foster knowledge of rights and responsibilities and promote respect for the rule of law.
The Foundation is also proud to support the Bryan A. Stevenson School of Excellence, an emerging charter high school located in Sussex County. The school is preparing to open in the fall of 2023 and will be a free public service-learning high school in Sussex County opening with grades sixth and seventh, with a strong focus on academic rigor and social justice. The Foundation is proud to support to this school in Sussex County serving an underserved population.
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Delaware Center for Justice
Seaford District Library
Project New Start
Project New Start operates a comprehensive, no-nonsense, results-oriented occupational skills/job-readiness program for offenders transitioning out of state and federal institutions. The New Start reentry program combats violence and reduces recidivism. Goals include developing marketable skills, obtaining and sustaining employment and developing positive behaviors. Project New Start ‘s recidivism rate is 22% compared to 76% in the state, and over 90% of program graduates have secured employment.
Combined Campaign for Justice
The Foundation has partnered with the Combined Campaign for Justice (CCJ) to assist them with improved materials to aid in raising funds for civil legal services for the poor. A video, linked HERE, was created with a grant from the Delaware Bar Foundation. With this grant, the CCJ was also able to improve their website, www.DelawareCCJ.org, which enabled online donations and a better user experience.
Since 1999, the Combined Campaign for Justice (CCJ) has been a coordinated approach to fundraising to support Delaware’s three nonprofit legal aid agencies (CLASI, DVLS, LSCD), ensuring statewide and coordinated legal representation to:
- Reduce domestic violence by helping victims obtain protective orders;
- Prevent homelessness by defending eviction and foreclosure actions;
- Eradicate housing discrimination through enforcement of state and federal housing discrimination laws;
- Advocate for the rights of children with significant disabilities in their schools and communities, and with the government agencies that serve them;
- Protect disadvantaged people with consumer cases that involve exploitation and fraud.
Delaware Law Related Education Center
These programs focus on the civic education of the k-12 students in Delaware schools. Despite students learning remotely this year, teachers innovated so that students were able to make their presentations virtually and develop public advocacy skills around a civics topic. More information related to these programs can be found on the DELREC website.