Carl M. Freeman Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity for Small Sussex County Nonprofits

Selbyville, DE – The Carl M. Freeman Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County, DE.  Financial support is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program, which targets smaller organizations that are often overlooked by funders.

The grant cycle will open on Feb. 9, and applications are due by March 9 at 5 p.m. A virtual “Meet the Funder” workshop will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. This workshop will provide an overview of the FACES grant process as well as the online application software. To register for the virtual workshop, visit Those with questions about the application process may contact Lindsay Richard at 302-483-7639 or The winners will be announced in May. 

Beginning in 2021, the trustees of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation have doubled the total amount of funding for this grant program and are now offering $100,000 in total grant awards. Additionally, a $10,000 award option is now available, in addition to the $2,500 and $5,000 awards that have historically been a part of the FACES program.

“The FACES grant program is designed to find the smaller nonprofits with operating budgets of $500,000 or less where a $5,000 or $10,000 grant can really have a significant impact,” said Patti Grimes, Executive Director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. “Often times, the organizations that apply for FACES are solving the problems that directly impact our community members and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The FACES program utilizes an advisory board composed entirely of citizens who live or work in Sussex County. Typically, these people are community leaders, activists, 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. Grant guidelines and applications can be found on

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation commits its time, talent and treasure to facilitate, support and promote innovative community-based leadership and giving. We seek to honor our founders’ legacies and passions by endorsing excellence and leveraging resources. Generally, we limit donations to communities where the customers, employees, and vendors of Carl M. Freeman Companies work, live, and play.

Please visit for more information about the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.