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Community Empowerment Grantmaking Program

Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) awards Community Empowerment grants to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc chapters in one of the following areas: Educational Development; Financial Literacy for Youth; or Health and Wellness.

Annual Community Empowerment Grantmaking Program 

Grant Application Overview 


A program can be conducted by a Delta chapter or a program sponsored in partnership with a community-based organization that has a similar mission and goals as those of DREF or the Sorority; the community-based organization partner must have a 501 (c) (3) non-profit status. Grant awards will range from $500 to $1,000 based on score received. 


Rules and Instructions: 


  • Program grant awards are subject to availability and will be 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 with a focus on Educational Development, Financial Literacy for Youth, or Health and Wellness 
  • Program must clearly delineate how the target population will be empowered to move beyond their current situation
  • The application period is now closed.  The 2022-2023 application period will be announced in Fall of 2022. 


 2021-2022 Community Empowerment Grant Awards

(Programs focusing on Education, Health, and Financial Literacy)


Fairfax County (VA) Alumnae

Franklin Tri-County (VA) Alumnae

Gwinnett County (GA) Alumnae

Knoxville (TN) Alumnae

Las Vegas (NV) Alumnae

Nashville Metropolitan (TN) Alumnae

Quaker City (PA) Alumnae

Stone Mountain-Lithonia (GA) Alumnae

Tempe (AZ) Alumnae


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