Various beneficiaries are getting grants from the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) to help them accomplish their missions.

One of the grants, to the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, is aimed at helping special patrons appreciate the arts, said the DCF's Sarah Grunewald.

"There's children that better experience performances in different ways, and so this opens up the performance experience to children with autism and other special needs that have very sensory ways of interacting, so it's a really, really neat new thing that they're doing, and [we're] excited to be part of that as well," said Grunewald on WDEL's Del-AWARE.

Other recipients included Tri-State Bird Rescue, outside Newark, and Research and Faithful Friends Animal Society, a no-kill shelter near Alban Park.

"For Tri-State Bird [Rescue], this is something new for us, in terms of a grantee, but really to support the natural habitat for birds that have come out of rehabilitation, and for Faithful Friends, they have this crisis-prevention program that provides owners with free pet food and supplies and preventative care," said Grunewald.

The foundation doled out a total of $55,000 in discretionary grant money in the fiscal year that just ended and gives roughly $15 million in grants annually.