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COVID-19 Relief & Support

Governor Carney announced several initiatives to support Delaware families, Delaware workers, and Delaware small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis.



DE RELIEF GRANTS: $150 Million

The $100 million DE Relief Grants program will assist Delaware small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The program, funded by the federal CARES Act, is expected to reach more than 3,000 organizations. The size of the relief grant will be based on the business’s 2019 revenue. For more information and to find answers to frequently asked questions about the program, visit

DE Relief Grants can be used for:

  • Purchasing equipment to make a workplace suitable for COVID-19 safety (such as PPE, plexiglass, air purifiers, etc.)
  • Refinancing of debt incurred due to COVID-19 (including State of Delaware HELP loans)
  • Advertising efforts undertaken as a result of COVID-19
  • Fixed expenses the applicant accrued during COVID-19
AWARDS & APPLICATIONS: Round 3 funding opens on November 4, but applications may be submitted early.


Nonprofit Support Fund: $25 Million

The $25 million Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund will support organizations that have provided critical services to Delawareans and Delaware families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits may receive reimbursement for basic operational expenses – such as assistance with cleaning supplies and funding for personal protective equipment – as well as reimbursement for increased caseloads. Grant levels will be awarded based on the nonprofit’s 2019 operating expense budget. The program excludes organizations that qualify for assistance under the $100 million DE Relief Grants program, administered by the Delaware Division of Small Business.

Organizations that provide a range of important services are eligible for assistance under the Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund. Eligible services include:

  • Homelessness and shelter assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Substance abuse counseling and services
  • Assistance for Delawareans who have lost employment
  • Domestic abuse services
  • Services for youth in crisis
Click here to register for a webinar on November 4 to learn about the process and frequently asked questions.  Round 2 applications open on November 9 at 8:00 a.m. Learn more about the grants and apply:



Delaware will direct $20 million in CARES Act funding to build new broadband infrastructure across Delaware, gather strategic data through a statewide speed survey, and acquire equipment and services for families in financial need.

The State will also use CARES Act funds to cover equipment installation and broadband service for students from low-income households across the state for remote or hybrid learning purposes. Additional information on this program will be announced in the coming weeks.



Rent and mortgage assistance is available to keep Delaware families in their homes. The State of Delaware and New Castle County will contribute a combined $40 million in CARES Act funding to provide payments for qualified applicants to the Delaware Housing Assistance Program or the Delaware Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.



Governor Carney signed Executive Order #43, creating the Rapid Workforce Training & Redeployment Initiative to assist Delaware workers and their families who have lost jobs and income due to COVID-19. The workforce development program is funded with $15 million of federal CARES Act funding. Investments in workforce development were a recommendation of the Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee

The Delaware Department of Labor will work with the Delaware Workforce Development Board to establish approved training and certification programs for unemployed and underemployed Delawareans. Training programs included in the rapid workforce development initiative will focus on in-demand occupations and skills currently demanded in Delaware workplaces. 

Learn about rapid workforce training opportunities: 



The Delaware Contract Poultry Grower Grant Assistance Program will compensate contract poultry growers who had an active grower contract in force on facilities located in Delaware on March 15 when COVID-19 impacted our state, have an approved CAFO permit or have filed a Notice of Intent for CAFO coverage, and do not have business interruption coverage for the losses covered by the grant program.

For poultry growers who meet these requirements, the grant program will compensate:

  • $1,000 per poultry house, up to a maximum payment of $5,000 per farm.
  • In addition, any grower that meets the above criteria, and had to depopulate birds remaining in-house for composting related to COVID-19 will receive another $1,500 per poultry house depopulated without cap.

Applicants must complete a W-9 form online ( prior to receiving payment.

Applications are due December 1, 2020.



The Health Care Relief Fund will support providers throughout the health care industry that have been on the front lines fighting COVID-19 in Delaware. This includes:

  • home health care agencies,
  • intellectual and developmental disability providers,
  • nursing homes and assisted-living facilities,
  • behavioral health service providers, and
  • Delaware’s hospital systems.

Healthy Communities Delaware – a statewide public-private partnership that works to address social determinants of health – also will receive funding for distribution to Delaware communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Funding from the Health Care Relief Fund can be used to support COVID-19 related investments, including technology upgrades, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), and environmental modifications in health care facilities.

Questions about the Health Care Relief Fund can be emailed to

The application for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities care providers is available here.  Additional information will be available soon.



Delaware Resilience Fund

Governor Carney signed signed Executive Order #44, creating the Delaware Resilience Fund Program to assist Delaware families and communities devastated by tornadoes and other severe weather in August 2020. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will coordinate with community organizations to assist families in making qualifying repairs to homes and properties that are not covered by homeowner’s insurance. DEMA also will work with community organizations to establish a process for citizens to submit requests for aid.  

The program includes two categories: 

1. Direct Assistance of Qualifying Individuals: Individuals may qualify for direct assistance through the Milford Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) for services such as emergency home repair, insurance deductible assistance, and property cleanup to assist in making it usable. Qualification will be based on MHDC and income limit guidelines.  To apply for assistance through the Delaware Resilience Fund call MHDC at 1 (844) 413-0038.

2. Support to Volunteer Groups, Non-Profits, and Religious Organizations Assisting Recovery Efforts: Community groups that are assisting with Immediate Relief (shelter and short-term housing, basic necessities, and cleanup and debris removal) and Long-Term Recovery (such as case management, mental health/counseling, and rebuilding/construction) may apply for funding.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application period closed on September 2, 2020. Questions may be directed to

As part of Executive Order #44, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will rate and assess damage to roadways statewide caused by August 2020 storms. In coordination with the Delaware Office of Management and Budget (OMB), DelDOT will designate funding from its Pavement and Rehabilitation Program to repair roadways damaged by severe weather in August 2020.