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 submitted year round, except applications are not accepted during the month of April. Decisions are generally made within 45 days of receiving application, including the referral.

Berks County Parrot Head Club Angel 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.

The Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Dimitriou Memorial 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.

The Ira M. Becker Fund for Poor Young Men 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, caseworker, or court official may complete the application on an individual’s behalf to be considered for a grant.

The Camella Maggs Client Memorial 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.

The Kraus Gill 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. These grants are 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 case workers 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.

If you are seeking financial assistance to send your child to K-12 private school, DO NOT complete this application. Instead go to bccf.academicworks.com and complete an application for the K-12 Tax Credit Fund, and then complete the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Fund application and/or the Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship Fund application. These two opportunities are available to receive applications from May 15th through May 31st only.

To apply, follow this three-step online process:

  1. Indicate that you are applying on behalf of an individual in the one-question general application
  2. Complete the individual application
  3. Click the yellow “Apply” button to answer the supplemental questions related specifically to this fund (the questions are listed below for reference only – they must be answered online).

In order to apply for any grant, you must first click the Sign Up button in the top right corner to create an account. If you already established an account, click Sign In to proceed with applying for a grant.

If, after reviewing this information, you have any questions, contact Monica Reyes, health and human services program officer, at monicar@bccf.org.

Note that demographic and quality of life data about Berks County is available at Berks Vital Signs. You may find that data useful in this or other grant applications that you complete.

Award
Varies
Deadline
03/31/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. Provide a detailed explanation of the need and reason that assistance is being requested. Explique en detalle la necesidad y la razón por la cual esta solicitando asistencia.
  2. How is this grant expected to create a life-changing outcome for this individual? ¿Cómo cambiara la vida de este invididuo si recibiera esta asistencia?
  3. What specific items, activities and expenses would be funded by this grant? Especifique las actividades y otros gastos que serían financiados por esta asistencia.
  4. Can this item or program be funded through medical insurance? ¿Este articulo o programa pueden ser cubiertos por su seguro médico?
  5. Can this item or program be funded through the school district? ¿Esta soliciitud o programa puede ser cubierto por el distrito escolar?
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