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Annual Community Empowerment Grantmaking Program

Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated awards Community Empowerment grants for programs in any of the following areas: Civic Engagement, Education, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and International Awareness and Involvement.

2018 - 19 Community Empowerment Grant Application

Grant Application Overview


Rules and Instructions:


  • The program grant must be conducted by a Delta chapter or a program sponsored in partnership with a community organization with similar missions and goals as those of DREF and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The community organization partner must have a 501 (c) (3) non-profit status.
  • Program grants range from $500 to $1,500 based on the rating score received.
  • Chapters are permitted to submit only one grant application.
  • Proposals must address issues affecting African American Women and their families related to the Community Empowerment focus on Civic Engagement, Education, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and International Awareness and Involvement.
  • Program must clearly delineate how the target population will be empowered to move beyond their current situation.

The application period is now closed. Please check back in the fall for the 2019 - 2020 announcement.

2017-18 Community Empowerment Grants Awardees

Accomack-North Hampton Alumnae
Albuquerque (NM) Alumnae
Ann Arbor (MI) Alumnae
Atwater-Merced (CA) Alumnae
Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae
Bloomington (IN) Alumnae
Chicago Alumnae
Cincinnati Queen City Alumnae
Columbia (MD) Alumnae
Columbus (GA) Alumnae
Decatur (GA) Alumnae
Douglas-Carroll-Paulding Counties (GA) Alumnae
East Point-College Park (GA) Alumnae
East St. Louis (IL) Alumnae
Epsilon Epsilon Chapter (Michigan State Univ.)
Fairfield (CT) Alumnae
Flint (MI) Alumnae
Glen Ellyn Area (IL) Alumnae
Hall County (GA) Alumnae
Hartford (CT) Alumnae
Hopkinsville (KY) Alumnae
Inkster (MI) Alumnae
Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae
Joliet Area South Suburban (IL) Alumnae
Kalamazoo (MI) Alumnae
Kingstree-Lake City (SC) Alumnae 
Marietta-Roswell (GA) Alumnae
Melbourne-Palm Bay (FL) Alumnae
Nashville Alumnae
North Central (TX) Alumnae
Orange County (FL) Alumnae
Peoria (IL) Alumnae
Pi Tau Chapter (Adelphi University)
Pomona (CA) Alumnae
Pontiac (MI) Alumnae
Portsmouth (VA) Alumnae
Prince George’s County (MD) Alumnae
Rancocas Valley (NJ) Alumnae
Richmond (VA) Alumnae
Roanoke (VA) Alumnae
Rockland County (NY) Alumnae
Sacramento (CA) Alumnae 
Stone Mountain-Lithonia (GA) Alumnae
Theta Alpha Chapter (Northwestern Univ.)
Trenton (NJ) Alumnae
Troy (AL) Alumnae
Valley Forge (PA) Alumnae
Virginia Beach Alumnae
Warner Robbins (GA) Alumnae
Washington (DC) Alumnae

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