READING, PA (February 19, 2020) – Berks County Community Foundation will award one grant of up to $26,200 to a nonprofit organization in Berks County to renovate a facility that the organization owns or which is owned on its behalf. Projects that incorporate environmental stewardship will receive preference.

Applications are due March 15. The Community Foundation will select a recipient by the end of June. Selection is based on:

  • The urgency of the need for renovation.
  • The submission of estimates and drawings for the proposed work.
  • An estimate of operating costs the organization will incur or reduce based on the renovation.
  • The financial stability of the organization.
  • The use of environmental stewardship.

Examples of environmental stewardship include the use of alternative energy sources, reduction in water usage, energy conservation through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, and the use of recycled materials and/or those that limit environmental harm (such as low off-gassing paints and varnishes).

The recipient must spend the grant within one year.

Apply at, or go to, and click on “Apply for a grant” under the “Scholarships + Grants” menu section. This takes users to an online grant application system that lists all of the Community Foundation’s currently available grant opportunities.

The Building Industries Exchange of Reading and Berks County Fund awards this grant annually. 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 pursuing careers in the trades.

One grant will be awarded to a nonprofit organization in Berks County to support construction or renovation of a facility it owns or which is owned on its behalf.


Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County. More information is available at


Contact: Jason Brudereck, Director of Communication, 610.685.2223,