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This is a list of funds at Berks County Community Foundation. To submit an application for these funds, navigate in the menu to “Start an Application,” which is the first option in the “Scholarships + Grants” menu heading.

Alfred G. Hemmerich Memorial Fund

Grants support the charitable, cultural, educational and scientific purposes of the Community Foundation, in memory of its founder and first chairman. You can read about Alfred G. Hemmerich in the history of the Community Foundation. [...]

Allen R. Schutt Memorial Fund

Allen's loved ones will determine how donations made to this fund can best benefit the community and honor Allen's memory.

Annie M. Nolf Charitable Gift Fund

Grants support the Allentown Rescue Mission, Allentown, Pa.; American Diabetes Association, Allentown Chapter; American Red Cross, Berks County Chapter; Good Sheperd Rehab Network, Allentown; and the Salvation Army-Reading Corps.

Arrow International Scholarship Fund

In 2009, Berks County Community Foundation became administrator of the Arrow International Scholarship Fund, which was reestablished with $1.7 million in proceeds from the Arrow International Scholarship Trust. This fund provides scholarships to high-achieving students [...]

B Strong B Rich Fund

Grants provide financial assistance for expenses not covered by insurance for Berks County residents who are under the age of 30 and have been diagnosed with or are recovering from a diagnosis of cancer.

Barrio Alegria Strategies for Success Fund

This fund supports Barrio Alegria's ALAS programming in the area of Reading south of Penn Street for the production of "...Pero Aun Estamos Aqui! (...But We're Still Here!)."

Baseballtown Charities Fund

Grants support organizations or programs that help to enhance youth baseball programs in the area of greater Reading, Pa., with an emphasis on inner-city programs.

BB&T Economic Growth Fund

Grants support charitable projects and initiatives that directly impact economic development efforts in Berks County, with an emphasis on the Boyertown area. For more information on the fund's establishment, click here. For a look at [...]

Ben Franklin Trust Fund

Grants support education as a means of bettering one’s station in life, as stipulated in the bequest of Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was an amazing American. An inventor, writer, statesman and printer, he was also [...]

Berks County Angel Funds

The Community Foundation manages several funds that provide grants of $25 to $1,000 for specific needs of individuals in the county. Applications must be substantiated by a case worker, teacher, or counselor. Applications may be [...]

Berks County Arts Fund – Rural Arts Grant Program

The Berks County Arts Fund was created by Berks County Community Foundation to encourage local residents to support the arts in Berks County through their donations. In 2014 the Community Foundation’s board of directors allocated [...]

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 [...]

Berks County Tennis Fund

Grants support programs that introduce tennis as a way to develop self-discipline, patience, self-confidence and critical thinking skills. The Berks County Tennis Fund was created to develop the game of tennis in Berks County through [...]

Bills Khakis Fund

Grants support entrepreneurship and training for the traditionally disenfranchised.

Boyer Foundation Fund

Grants support Boyertown-area health, social, recreational and safety organizations, in memory of Daniel and Blanche Boyer.

Bridge Fund

Grants support critical needs of juveniles or those responsible for their care who are under the jurisdiction of Berks County judges who handle youth or domestic issues.

Camella Maggs Client Memorial Fund

Grants help Berks County children who are under the age of 18 with physical or learning disabilities discover their strengths and reach their full potential with dignity, in honor of the clients of Lyn Camella [...]

Charles and Ruth Shartle Designated Fund

Grants support Christ Lutheran Church in Stouchburg, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Womelsdorf, the Womelsdorf Public Library, and the Womelsdorf VFW to maintain the War Memorial.

Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund

Grants support a nonprofit hospital in Reading; educational activities related to rendering care to the sick and injured or to the promotion of health; scientific research related to the care of the sick in conjunction [...]

Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute Fund

The Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute Fund provides unique opportunities and equipment for students at Conrad Weiser High School to further their study of science. Photo courtesy of Reading Eagle Conrad Weiser [...]

Conservation Equity Fund

Grants support the preservation and conservation of open space, environmentally sensitive land and historic properties in Berks County.

Consider It Fund

Grants support Berks County Community Foundation’s “Consider It” initiative, a community program designed to promote thoughtful discussion of divisive local and national issues while maintaining a level of civility among participants.

Cystic Fibrosis Fund of Berks County

Grants distributed from this fund support cystic fibrosis research and the treatment and care of local individuals and families affected by cystic fibrosis.   The Cystic Fibrosis Fund of Berks County annually holds a fundraiser: [...]

Daniel G. Ebbert Charitable Fund

Grants support Bear Creek Camp, Wilkes-Barre; Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries; Gettysburg College; Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Reading, Pa.; and Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.

Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund

Grants support the acquisition, training, and maintenance of K9 Units that are part of Berks County governmental entities. Darell S. Rank, the first executive of the Berks Earned Income Tax Bureau, and his wife, Gloria [...]

Darryl and Susanne Shoff Fund

The Darryl and Susanne Shoff Fund provides veterinary care to animals in life-threatening situations when their owners are unable to afford such care.

Dental Treatment Fund

Grants support dental treatment for Berks or Schuylkill County residents who cannot pay for such treatment, in honor of the Berks Schuylkill Dental Hygienists Association.

Diversity Alliance Endowment Fund

Grants support and strengthen projects or programs that address issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Berks County. For some of the past projects this fund has supported, click here.

Donor Advised Funds

Many donors choose to support the community through Donor Advised Funds. Donor advised funds allow donors to make charitable contributions, receive an immediate tax benefit, and then recommend grants from the fund over time. The [...]

Doug Fisher Memorial Fund

Grants support a community festival or celebration that is designed to attract a significant number of people to the riverfront in the City of Reading.

Emmanuel “Manny” Dimitriou Memorial Fund

This field of interest fund makes distributions to needy children who are residents of Berks County for critical medical, social or educational needs that will enhance their ability to achieve their full potential in life [...]

Fallen Firefighter’s Bravery Fund

Grants provide financial assistance to aid in the initial time of grief to the family of a fallen firefighter. Preference is given to the families of fallen firefighters within the geographic territory of an affiliated [...]

First United Church of Christ Mission Fund

Grants support: Programs and initiatives that benefit Berks County children, including but not limited to piano or organ lessons, summer camps, choral programs, and language classes. Funding will help children whose families would not otherwise [...]

Frank C. Kiehne Charitable Fund

Grants support the YMCA of Reading and Berks County for international programs or its support of the International Division of the YMCA of the USA; the National YMCA Fund, Inc., for World Service; and the [...]

Friends of the Berks County Public Libraries Fund

Grants support emergency needs and special projects at Berks County public libraries. For more information and applications : Friends of Berks County Public Libraries Fund – Emergency Grant Program Friends of Berks County Public Libraries [...]

Friends of the Homeless Fund

This fund is in honor of the late Sharon Weiss Parker, the former executive director of the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness. This fund supports the coalition with donations from the public. Sharon Weiss Parker, [...]

Fund for Berks County

Grants are distributed at the discretion of the Community Foundation’s board of directors.

Gilmore | Henne Community Fund

The Gilmore | Henne Community Fund supports recreational park programs, improvements and maintenance at Berks County parks. The fund was established in 2010 by Wilson High graduates and NFL players John Gilmore and Chad [...]

Gustav Oberlaender Fund

Grants support the charitable, cultural, educational and scientific purposes of the Community Foundation.

Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund

Grants support the charitable, cultural, educational and scientific purposes of Berks County Community Foundation. This article from 2009 explains how the fund was established:  

Help the Animals Fund

Grants support the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, in memory of Mrs. Alexander Smith.

Hope With Friends Fund

Grants support families with funeral costs after the death of an infant and educate the community about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

IDEA Fund

Grants support educational needs of Wilson School District residents who are special education students.

Ira M. Becker Fund for Poor Young Men

This fund provides grants to educate young men (up to age 30) in Berks County, one at a time, and is not to be used to benefit an institution. A parent, guardian, teacher, social worker, [...]

Jess’s Sunshine Fund

Grants support families in the Boyertown area who have children with special needs, specifically those with a long-term catastrophic illness or injury

Juniper Fund

Grants support programs that educate, promote, and preserve the history, heritage and traditions of Scotland.

Leonard I. and Anna M. Miller Fund

Grants support Junior Achievement of Berks County, Inc.’s “The Company Program” at Muhlenberg and Oley Valley High Schools, or a similar program.

Linda and Paul Garber Memorial Fund

Grants support St. John’s Gernant's United Church of Christ in Leesport and charitable activities at St. John’s Gernant's Union Cemetery in Leesport.

Lucy M. Born Fund

Grants support Berks Catholic High School, the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, Lifeline of Berks County Inc., and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (Memphis). For more information about the story of James and Lucy Born, click [...]

Lutz Family Memorial Fund

Grants support the Salvation Army-Reading Corps, Berks County Association for the Blind, and the Humane Society of Berks County

Mensch Mill Growth Fund

Grants support environmental programs and preserve and restore historic buildings, places and artifacts at the Mensch Mill Conference and Retreat Center in Huffs Church.

Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund

Grants, loans and equity investments support the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies; energy conservation and efficiency; sustainable energy businesses; and projects that improve the environment in the areas served by [...]

Mohnton Anniversary Fund

Grants support Mohnton’s anniversary celebrations through proceeds remaining from the borough’s 100th anniversary.

New Journey Community Outreach, Inc. Endowment Fund

Grants from New Journey Community Outreach, Inc. Endowment Fund will be distributed to New Journey Community Outreach, Inc. to support general operation of the soup kitchen and food pantry and other charitable activities of the [...]

Patrick D. O’Pake Fund

Grants support projects benefiting children in the Glenside area of Reading and scholarships for students at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic School.

Penny Jar Fund

Grants support non-tuition-related needs of college students who have an unexpected financial crisis.

Pets in Need Fund

The Pets In Need Fund provides grants for veterinary care for animals in life-threatening situations. Applicants must be residents of Berks County and be referred to the fund by their veterinarian. Grants generally range from [...]

Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund

Power of the Purse grants support programs that improve the quality of life for women and girls in Berks County. Get an overview of the Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund here.

Prevention of Child Abuse/Americanism Fund

Grants support Victim Services Center of Montgomery County for its “Keeping Touches Healthy and Safe” program; Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Boyertown Service Unit; and Hawk Mountain Council for Boy Scouts, Boyertown Area.

Ralph H. and Florence Moyer Fund

Grants support programs related to the cure and study of diabetes, cancer and heart disease; and provide scholarships for Berks County youth with financial need and potential.

Reading Rising Park Fund

Grants support the building and maintenance of Reading Rising Park for the benefit of local residents. The park is located at Second and Franklin streets in Reading, Pa.

Reading Tricentennial Fund

Grants will provide start-up capital for the City of Reading’s 300th Anniversary Celebration in 2048.

Richard L. Henry Memorial Fund

Grants support the Jewish Federation of Reading, Pa.; Safe Berks; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Ronald McDonald House locations in Philadelphia and Hershey. In addition, the fund will address issues related to breast cancer [...]

Russell L. Hiller Charitable Trust

Grants support Albright College, the Mifflin Community Library, the Shillington pool and park, and programs and organizations that benefit the residents of the Governor Mifflin School District.

Russell S. Bickel Family Fund

Grants improve the quality of communications between health care providers and their patients in Berks County and improve access to palliative or hospice care to patients in need of such care.

Shane C. Stewart Memorial Youth Fund

In memory of Carol Stewart, Carol's loved ones will determine how donations made to this fund can best benefit the community and honor Carol's memory.

Shutouts for Kids Fund

Grants support Make-a-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

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 [...]

Teacher Mini-Grants Fund

Grants of $500 or less support classroom teachers in K-12 public schools in Berks County for special materials, activities, projects, and programs.

The James P. Born, Sr. Fund

Grants support organizations and ministries whose teachings are consistent with the Catholic faith and whose programs benefit children and/or promote education. For more information about the story of James and Lucy Born, click here.

The Wummer Family Fund

Grants support Berks Catholic High School, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, and Villanova University.

Thun Award Fund

Grants support a charitable organization suggested by the recipient of the Thun Award.

Trudy’s Garden Fund

Grants support the maintenance and preservation of Trudy’s Garden at the Reading Public Museum.

Unending Promise Fund

Grants improve the quality of life for adults living with autism, primarily in Berks County

Upper Bern Township Preservation Fund

Grants support the preservation of conservation and agricultural land in the Agricultural Preservation District, Conservation Overlay District or Blue Mountain Preservation District; the preservation, maintenance and construction of Shartlesville Park facilities and equipment; and the [...]

Veterans Center Fund

Grants support the Veteran Social Center at Hope Rescue Mission in Reading and organizations that support Berks County veterans.

VOiCEup Fund

This fund supports the local VOiCEup program, which promotes individual and community growth by connecting people and organizations with meaningful volunteer and service learning opportunities. For more information, click here.

William H. Krause Memorial Fund

Grants support the surviving spouses or dependents of firefighters, police, or paramedics killed in the line of duty within the counties of Berks, Schuylkill, Lancaster, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks in Pennsylvania.

Wyomissing Area Soccer Club McCanney Fund

This fund makes annual distributions to the Wyomissing Area Soccer Club to be used to assist in the payment of registration fees for youth who are in need financially.

Youth and Philanthropy Fund

Grants support programs for children and youth in Berks County as recommended by the Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee. The Youth and Philanthropy Fund provides grants to organizations that address issues that impact young people [...]