NCALL Awarded 20k by Delaware Community Foundation for Demolition

For Immediate Release, July 27, 2018:

Contact: Trish Kelleher, (302) 438-6378 or pkelleher(@)

NCALL Awarded $20,000 by the Delaware Community Foundation for the Demolition of Vacant and Boarded Up Properties in Central Dover

Dover, Delaware – NCALL is pleased to announce a $20,000 capital grant received from the Delaware Community Foundation to support the revitalization of Central Dover. Earlier this year, NCALL purchased nine boarded up and vacant properties in the downtown area. Most were known nuisance properties, magnets for crime and illegal activity, and their eradication has been greeted with relief by neighborhood residents. The lots will be redeveloped in the near future to be sold to qualifying homebuyers, and this grant is earmarked for demolition costs. Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation said, “We are thrilled to be able to support this project, helping to ensure a strong, livable and resilient Dover. Work like this takes time and commitment but it is well worth the investment.”

Karen Speakman, NCALL’s executive director stated, “This support from the Delaware Community Foundation empowers NCALL to make a clear physical impact on downtown Dover. With this gift, the Delaware Community Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to community revitalization in Dover. Partners like the foundation work with us to make Dover a better place for all who live and do business here.”


NCALL is a statewide, Dover based, nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization. Services provided include housing development, which has resulted in the creation of 50 affordable housing apartment communities leveraging in total $124,382,483. Single-family housing development is a new area of focus that has produced four units with an additional 14 lots to be developed in the near future. NCALL is the lead agency of Restoring Central Dover – a comprehensive community development effort comprised of over 20 different organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, businesses, institutions, and residents. Utilizing a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grant, the Restoring Central Dover Plan was adopted in 2014 and identifies strategies to create a strong community, positive development and an integrated public realm. Restoring Central Dover was instrumental in the City of Dover receiving the Downtown Development District (DDD) designation in 2015 and access to new revitalization resources. The Executive Summary and full Plan may be found at

About Delaware Community Foundation

The Delaware Community Foundation began in 1986 when community leaders realized the need for a permanent source of funding to provide for Delaware’s current and future needs. Today the DCF holds approximately $250 million in charitable assets and is among the largest community foundation. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the Delaware Community Foundation helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the lives of people in Delaware by empowering and growing philanthropy through knowledge and relationships, now and in the future. For more information on the Delaware Community Foundation, please go to:

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