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.
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: