The Community Foundation manages several funds that provide grants of $25 to $1,000 for specific needs of children (under 18) in Berks County.
A parent, guardian, teacher, social worker, caseworker, or court official may complete the application on a child’s behalf to be considered for a grant. If a parent or individual applies, these applications must be substantiated by a caseworker, school, medical, or court official. Decisions are generally made within 14 days of receiving application and the referral.
This fund support’s Co-County Wellness Service’s Berks Teens Program.
This fund supports projects and programs that affirm and enhance the lives of LGBTQ youth in Berks County.
Created with a portion of the proceeds from the annual Reading Pride Celebration Festival, this fund will allow educators and community organizations to develop or expand programing that directly impacts the lives of LGBTQ+ students in Berks.
The Fund for Ednannia collects and distributes donations to community foundations in Ukraine.
All funds raised are distributed to ISAR Ednannia for its Emergency Fund. ISAR Ednannia is a Ukrainian national network for the development of local philanthropy.
This fund was established at Berks County Community Foundation in the spring of 2022 to help Ukrainian community foundations address the most pressing needs in their communities.
Examples of initiatives that have so far been supported by the Fund for Ednannia:
To learn more about the projects and programs that have been funded, read the People to People Impact Report.
The Forest Crigler, Jr. Memorial Fund in Support of Youth Swimming awards grants to programs that develop, encourage, and promote youth swimming in Berks County.
This fund provides grants to address the needs of Berks County’s older residents by removing barriers to aging well.
The Home Health Care Foundation Fund provides grants for organizations and programs that serve Berks County and/or those counties that are contiguous to it (Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Schuylkill). Preference will be given to organizations that serve Berks County residents.
One or more of the following purposes must be met to be considered for a grant:
1. Organizations and programs that help residents recover from illness or disability at home to prevent them from needing in-patient medical care;
2. Programs and activities that support preventative healthcare for residents and overall community health to reduce the need for in-patient medical care;
3. Organizations that provide health-related charity care to residents.
Preference will also be given to organizations and programs that help individuals remain at home. Maximum grant available to an organization per grant cycle is $40,000.
On January 1, 2019, Tower Health assumed the operations of Home Health Care Management, Berks Visiting Nurse Association, the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity, and Advantage Home Care.
For years, each of these organizations provided compassionate and much-needed care to the communities they served. In that spirit, the Home Health Care Foundation was created as part of the merger to support charity care and other programs for the good of the community.
The Home Health Care Foundation became an affiliate of Berks County Community Foundation in 2020.
Home Health Care Foundation Board
Kim R. Berry
Robert R. Kreitz, Esq.
Rabbi Brian I. Michelson, Chair of the Home Health Care Foundation Board of Directors
Kevin K. Murphy, President, ex officio, of Home Health Care Foundation, and President, Berks County Community Foundation
Karen S. Thacker Ph.D., RN, CNE
Frances A. Aitken, CPA, Treasurer, ex officio, of Home Health Care Foundation, and COO and Treasurer, Berks County Community Foundation*
*Serves as an officer, not a board member.
This fund promotes literacy by providing age-appropriate books to children during their office visits to Penn State Health – All About Children or its successor.
In 2020, this fund is being used to support the efforts of the Berks PPE Resource Network — a coalition of dozens of ordinary people and prominent local institutions working together with their 3D printers to manufacture face shields for healthcare workers, police and other first responders, and all those who are in essential positions that leave them vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19. Learn more from this article in Berks County Living.
The Marlene L. Driscoll Fund was established to support programs that benefit residents of the Boyertown Area School District.
See news coverage about this fund from WFMZ.