Grant opportunity for Sussex County nonprofits announced by Carl M. Freeman Foundation

SUSSEX COUNTY – The Carl M. Freeman Foundation is proud to announce the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in and serving Sussex County, Delaware.

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 are often overlooked by funders.

The FACES program uses a volunteer advisory board composed of citizens who live or work in Sussex County.  Typically, these people 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 Tuesday, Feb. 16 and applications are due by Wednesday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

A Meet the Funder Workshop will also take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 4-5 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library.This 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 Carl M. Freeman Foundations Grant Manager Melissa Rizer at 302-436-6310 or The winners will be announced in May.

“This is our sixteenth year of giving FACES grants in Sussex County,” stated Carl M. Freeman Foundation Executive Director Patti Grimes.  “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 2015 include: Cancer Support Community Delaware, Clothing Our Kids, Friends of Sussex CASA, Harry K. Foundation, New Hope Recreation and Development Center, Inc., Parkinson’s Education and Support Group of Sussex County, Inc., Student Mentoring at John M. Clayton Elementary School, Transitioning Our Toddlers to School, West Side New Beginnings, Inc. and G.W. Carver Academy’s Positive Behavior Support Program.

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation commits its time, talent and treasure to facilitate, support and promote innovative community-based leadership and giving. It has been involved in the Sussex County community since the Freeman Companies began developing Sea Colony in the 1960s.

As the Freeman Companies developed the communities of Bayside and Bear Trap Dunes, the Foundation expanded its outreach with the FACES program.  In 2008, the Foundation began supporting The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an open air performing arts venue operated by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation located near Fenwick Island, which will open its ninth season this summer.

Please visit for more information about the FACES Grants Program.

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