Community Support


Wilmington City Council has long recognized the value of providing support to local non-profit organizations and community-driven initiatives that contribute substantially to the well-being, development, and growth of the Wilmington community. Thus, strategic fund allocation is a critical tool for meeting needs in our communities.

As with all taxpayer funds, the public deserves to know that funds are going to organizations with the capacity and integrity to provide quality services. To this end, City Council has developed a comprehensive set of measures to improve transparency and accountability in the use of strategic fund dollars.

Below are links to the Community Support Grant Fund Policies, Procedures, and Application:

FY22 Community Support Funds as of 120621

Community Support Fund Policy and Guidelines Final External for FY21 as of 031221



Wilmington City Council believes that all Wilmington children should have the opportunity to follow their dreams to attend a vocational or higher learning institution.  To help fulfill this dream, Council offers scholarships to eligible students and families.

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Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Wilmington Resident
  • High School Senior or Adult Learner
  • Acceptance to or Currently Attending an Accredited College, University or Trade School

Students must submit a written request to their district representative and/or At-Large member detailing their background, educational pursuits beyond high school, and current circumstances regarding eligibility, need and merit.

All 13 members of Council have dedicated dollars for scholarships and make independent decisions regarding awards. Scholarship awards range from $200 – $2,000. $2,000 is the maximum amount a student can receive in a fiscal year.

Scholarships requests should be sent directly to City Council members as follows:

(Council Member’s Name)
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
Wilmington City Council
800 French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Scholarships are paid directly to the education institution.

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