Berks County Angel Funds

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. 


The Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund

The Sustainable Energy Funds were created as a result of electric utility deregulation and subsequent settlement agreements by Pennsylvania Electric Utilities.

The funds are designed to promote the development of sustainable and renewable energy programs and clean-air technologies on both a regional and statewide basis.

Since its inception, the Met-Ed/Penelec SEF has approved 259 grants totaling nearly $6 million, 50 loans totaling nearly $25 million, and 3 equity investments totaling more than $1.5 million. Total funding since inception is more than $32.5 million.

A Statewide Sustainable Energy Board was formed in 1999 to enhance communications among the four funds and state agencies. The board includes representatives from the Commission; the Department of Environmental Protection; the Department of Community and Economic Development; the Office of Consumer Advocate; the Pennsylvania Environmental Council; and each regional board.

Two of those funds, the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation and the Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, began distributing money in the form of grants, loans, and equity investments for a variety of projects within the territories originally served by the two electric companies. The two funds share an advisory committee and are commonly referred to in the singular as the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund.

Bill Woolworth Memorial Fund For Berks Teens

This fund support’s Co-County Wellness Service’s Berks Teens Program.


Emergency Fund For Ukrainian Community Foundations

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:

Reading Area Firefighters Museum Fund

Distributions from this fund support the nonprofit Reading Area Firefighters Museum in Reading, PA.

The Reading Area Firefighters Museum is committed to the preservation of the Liberty Fire Co. No 5 building, which was constructed in 1876 at South Fifth and Laurel streets. This commitment includes the building contents, such as firefighting memorabilia, antique furnishings, and the John Wanamaker designed-“best room.” The museum serves as a permanent facility for the public exhibition and the safe storage of items related to the history of firefighting in the Reading and Berks County areas.

Happy Birthday Reading Fund

Grants from this fund underwrite the cost of the City of Reading’s 275th anniversary celebration. Any unused gifts to the fund may be used by the City of Reading to underwrite the cost of future anniversary celebrations for the City of Reading.

Michael Constantine Film Education Fund

An anonymous donor established the Michael Constantine Film Education Fund of Berks County Community Foundation to honor the late actor.

ReadingFilmFEST announced the $25,000 gift in 2021. This fund will award grants to ReadingFilmFEST to educate students and emerging filmmakers on how to develop and showcase their craft.

A Reading native and a Reading High grad, Constantine was best known for his Emmy-winning role as high school principal Seymour Kaufman in the TV series Room 222 from 1969 to 1974. He found a new generation of fans with his portrayal of Kostas “Gus” Portokalos, the Windex-toting father of the bride in the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He died August 31, 2021, at age 94 in his Reading home surrounded by family.

Read about the gift that established this fund at yahoo! news.

Berks Nature Endowment Fund

A rendering of Berks Nature’s The Nature Place prior to construction of an addition in 2021.

An anonymous donor significantly increased the strength and capacity of Berks Nature by establishing the Berks Nature Endowment Fund of Berks County Community Foundation in 2021 to benefit the annual operating needs of this regional conservation and environmental organization. This gift, together with continued support from Berks Nature’s annual donors and volunteers, enhances Berks Nature’s ability to provide leadership on environmental and conservation initiatives and issues.

You can read an article about the announcement of the establishment of this fund at the Community Foundation by clicking the image below.

Bethany United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund

Bethany United Methodist Church established this fund to provide scholarships to up to two members of Bethany United Methodist Church, Hamburg, Pennsylvania, who are in need of financial assistance in pursuing a college degree at a four-year or two-year college, university, or trade school.

If there are more than two applicants, only the top two will receive an award. Applicants must have a financial need, with a family adjusted gross income limit of no more than $50,000 (based on answer to #2 on Financial Assistance Questionnaire). Recipients will be selected based on financial need, school and community activities, academic success, and an essay. The maximum annual award per student will be $5,000, payable $2,500 in each semester.

All About Children – Reach Out And Read Fund

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.