Freeman Foundation announces grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation this week announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County. Funding is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program, which targets small organizations with operating budgets of $500,000 or less, which foundation representatives said are often overlooked by funders.

The FACES program uses a volunteer advisory board composed of citizens who live or work in Sussex County. Typically, they are community and business leaders, activists, students and nonprofit executives. Advisory board members evaluate the applications and recommend where funding should be awarded based on the needs and priorities of the community.

The grant cycle will open on Feb. 5, and applications are due by March 5 at 5 p.m. Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

A Meet the Funder Workshop will take place Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown. The workshop will focus on an overview of the FACES grant process, as well as the E-Grant system, which is used during the FACES grant application process.

Those with questions about the application process may contact Melissa Rizer, Carl M. Freeman Foundation’s grant manager, at (302) 436-6310 or

The winners of the grants will be announced in May.

“This is our 19th year of giving FACES grants in Sussex County,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. ”We’re so proud to be able to serve the most vulnerable organizations serving our community. We are committed to doing everything we can to help support and continue the vital work they do.”

Organizations that received a FACES grant in 2018 included: Clothing Our Kids; Delmarva Teen Challenge Home of Hope; Friends of Sussex CASA Inc.; G.W. Carver Academy—Learning Garden; Harry K Foundation; New Hope Recreation & Development Center Inc.; Primeros Pasos Inc.; Selbyville Middle School—ELL After School Program; Student Mentoring Program at John M. Clayton Elementary School; Transitioning Our Toddlers to School; VSA Delaware; and West Rehoboth Children & Youth Program.

Visit for more information about the FACES Grants Program.