Fund Awards $1.3 Million in New Grants

At their November meeting, the trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund approved grants supporting a college program targeting female veterans, programs to expand services for rural residents of the Northern Neck of Virginia and a multimedia program focusing on Florida history. The 24 grants awarded totaled $1.3 million and support organizations from California to Delaware, Florida to Missouri.

Grants awarded included:


Beebe Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware, $31,200 to pilot a house-call program providing home visits to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

St. Joseph on the Brandywine, Greenville, Delaware, $11,700 to help the church provide transitional housing support for women and children. 

St. Michael’s School and Nursery, Wilmington, Delaware, $100,000 to provide operating support during implementation of a new strategic plan.

Wilmington Senior Center, Wilmington, Delaware, $60,750 to expand services through the Center’s Grandparent Resource Center.


Catholic Charities Bureau, Jacksonville, Florida, $39,820 to support a technology upgrade.

Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, $70,000 to provide operating support during strategic realignment.

Florida Historical Society, Cocoa, Florida, $50,000 to continue support for Florida Frontiers, a multi-media outreach celebrating Florida history.

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, $74,765 to purchase three commercial grade generators to protect essential operations.

Long Avenue Baptist Church, Port St. Joe, Florida, $23,882 to replace church windows.

Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church, Port St. Joe, Florida, $39,525 to support development of a community development corporation for Port St. Joe.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida, $52,892 to support a program empowering youth to make better health choices. 

Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, $79,451 to support the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

The Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, $68,000 to fund new weekend programs and provide access to the elderly, youth and families.

Theatre Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, $89,410 to support a new general manager position.

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, $70,000 to promote respectful dialogue across differences among students, faculty and staff.

YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, Jacksonville, Florida, $36,887 to expand development and member service capacity.


Christ Church School, Christchurch, Virginia, $50,000 to support a Director of Inclusivity and Community relations.

Corrottoman Baptist Church, Lancaster, Virginia, $70,000 to provide youth in remote areas access to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northern Neck.

Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao, Virginia, $25,000 to expand internet and technology access to underserved residents of Northumberland County.

Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia, $86,550 to implement a pilot teacher preparation and mentoring program.


Diocese of Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, $15,000 to upgrade a parish house allowing continued use by Red Cliff Tribal members.

Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina, $43,300 to support an interdisciplinary summer undergraduate program.

National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Oakland, California, $62,500 to support internal efforts to build an inclusive workplace.

Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, $60,000 to support a campus living and learning community specifically for female veterans.