Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund
*The Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund provides grants to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in Berks County. The fund was created by local women in 2012.
As the group considered some of the many issues faced by women and girls, one insight emerged repeatedly: Women and girls who have the self-esteem, support and basic life skills they need to be gainfully employed are empowered to improve their quality of life.
For many women, employment is not only a matter of empowerment; it’s a matter of survival. Unfortunately, barriers such as the ability to afford adequate childcare, a lack of transportation, a gap in skills, limited access to dental care or healthcare, or a lack of information about their options keep some women and girls from reaching their full potential.
The Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund will provide approximately $30,000 in grants to programs that help break the cycle of poverty by eliminating or addressing barriers for Berks County girls and/or women who want to enter or re-enter the workforce or seek the education they need to do so.
Fortunately, there are many programs that help women and girls discover or navigate their way to gainful employment and self-sufficiency. If your organization is making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Berks County by helping them discover or navigate their way to gainful employment, and ultimately, self-sufficiency, we encourage you to apply for a grant from the Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund.
All proposals will be reviewed for completeness and considered by members of the Power of the Purse in Berks County Fund committee.
Applications are due on January 20.
Committee members will conduct site visits as appropriate in March and April and recommend which proposals to fund in April.
Final grant decisions will be made in late April, with funds available after May 15.
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.
We look forward to considering your proposal. If, after reviewing these materials, you have any questions, contact Heidi Williamson, vice president for programs and initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.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.