Grants support construction or renovation projects for Berks County charities. This fund also provides scholarships for Berks County residents who are pursuing post-secondary education in building trades or construction design.

The Building Industries Exchange of Reading (BIEX) provided a place for contractors and builders to view blueprints and designs in the age before digital files made the hard copies obsolete. In 2013, BIEX used its remaining assets to create a fund at Berks County Community Foundation to support capital projects at Berks County nonprofit organizations and to provide scholarships for those going into the trades.

To apply, click on “Apply for a Grant” under the “Scholarships + Grants” section of the website menu.

One example of a project that received support (a grant of $23,200) from this fund is the Reading Area Firefighters Museum.

Here is some of the media coverage of the project:

 

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