The funds listed below provide grants to children and young adults who are in need.

Professionals working with children or young adults in need can apply on their behalf.

To apply to one of these funds, click here.

For questions, contact Monica Reyes, Health and Human Services Program Officer, at monicar@bccf.org

 

Arthur O. & Clara M. Schlegel Memorial Fund

This fund provides grants that support the medical costs of physical differences in Berks County children whose guardians are unable to meet such expenses. Expenses that may be covered include direct and indirect medical expenses, such as travel costs associated with treatment.

 

Berks County Parrot Head Club Angel Fund

This fund provides grants for individuals who are in an extraordinary situation where a nominal amount of intervention is likely to yield life-changing outcomes. Grants are limited to individuals who are under the age of 18 and who reside in Berks County. Preference is given to Berks County children who have a physical or medical need that the family is unable to afford. 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.

 

Bridge Fund

This fund provides grants of less than $1,000 to address critical needs that place juveniles at increased risk of entering the foster care system or the juvenile detention center.

 

Camella Maggs Client Memorial Fund

This fund provides grants for Berks County children who are under the age of 18 and who have learning and physical disabilities. 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.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Fund of Berks County (all ages)

This fund supports the needs of individuals with cystic fibrosis, including both direct and indirect medical expenses and necessary, but ancillary, expenses related to treatment.

 

Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Dimitriou Memorial Fund

This fund provides grants for Berks County children who are under the age of 18 for critical medical, social, or educational needs that will enhance their ability to achieve their full potential. 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. Grants may also support clients of the Berks County Drug Treatment Court.

 

Ira M. Becker Fund

This fund provides grants to educate young men (up to age 30) in Berks County, one at a time. These funds can be used for educational purposes but not for tuition. An individual may apply for a grant, or a caseworker or court official may also apply on behalf of an individual.

 

Jess’s Sunshine Fund (Boyertown area only)

This fund provides grants to support families who are residents of the Boyertown Area School District with dependent adult or minor children who have special needs arising from a long-term catastrophic illness or injury.

 

Susan E. Kraus/Robert W. Gill Fund

This fund provides grants for recently discharged adults who were once foster children who either lived in a Berks County foster home and/or were Berks County residents at the time of their placement in foster care are eligible to receive grants to assist them with transitional housing costs in general and/or educational expenses. Grants to each individual should not exceed $1,000 per year. Social workers or caseworkers with Berks County Juvenile Probation Office, Berks County Children and Youth, or other agencies who work with foster children may submit an application on a client’s behalf as he or she transitions out of foster care.