Approves $230,000 in Grant Awards Benefiting 51 Bucks Non-Profits
Non-profit organizations have been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as community need is greater than ever. In an effort to quickly respond to the crises, Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) created the COVID-19 Response Grant program to provide a source of funding to organizations serving Bucks County children, youth and families in need. Following a $10,000 emergency donation to the Bucks County United Way in March, this week FCP’s board of directors approved $230,000 in COVID-19 response grant funding to be distributed to 51 non-profits throughout the County. The funding will help replace lost revenue for the organizations working tirelessly to serve our most vulnerable populations, including the homeless, children with special needs, individuals who need mental health or medical support, low-income families, those who are addicted or at-risk, food insecure families, and Bucks County residents in crisis. The grants will support both the Bucks County non-profits that have remained open to provide essential services and those that were forced to close during the crisis. In addition to helping organizations provide remote services during this turbulent time, the grants will enable non-profits retain staff, avoid layoffs, and restart services upon opening.
“As the negative impact of the COVID-19 virus on our critical Bucks County non-profits became clear, the FCP Board took immediate action by authorizing a $10,000 emergency donation to the Bucks County United Way,” said Ron Bernstein, founding executive director of FCP. ”The board also voted to devote all our Spring grant resources to supporting our nonprofit partners whose operations and funding have been upended by the virus. We were also able to streamline our process and quickly get funds out the door to our dedicated non-profit partners.”“We are thankful to FCP for stepping in to quickly offer financial support for the organizations that serve struggling families in Bucks County during this unprecedented time,” says Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia. “Many non-profits are dependent upon fundraising, much of which is on hold at this time and it’s gratifying to have a resource like FCP to help fill the void.” The grant program is an integral part of FCP’s mission to improve the lives of underserved youth and their families in Bucks County. The grant recipients are:
|Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need||Children’s Developmental Program||Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center|
|LifePath (Ridge Crest)||Minding Your Mind||National Alliance on Mental Illness of PA, Bucks County Chapter|
|The Baby Bureau||Woods Services Inc.||Worthwhile Wear|
|Bethany Christian Services of the Greater Delaware Valley||Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia||Community Conservatory of Music|
|Comprehensive Learning Center||Family Service Association of Bucks County||Lenape Valley Foundation|
|NGA-Needlework Guild of America||Snipes Farm & Education Center||YMCA of Bucks County|
|ATG Learning Academy||Autism Cares Foundation||Bucks County Housing Group|
|Easter Seals of Southeastern PA||One House at a Time||Peace Valley Holistic Center|
|Refuge Child Care Academy||Special Equestrians||The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc|
|Penndel Mental Health Center||BARC Developmental Services||Maternity Care Coalition|
|Grand View Health Foundation||Bucks County Community College Foundation||Heritage Conservancy|
|Christ’s Home||Bucks County Audubon Society||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County|
|Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc.||Valley Youth House Committee, Inc.||Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society|
|A Woman’s Place||Bucks County Opportunity Council||Bucks County Playhouse Theater, Inc.|
|Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless||Family Promise of Lower Bucks||HealthLink Dental Clinic|
|KidsPeace National Centers, Inc.||Lily’s Hope Foundation||Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)|
|Potential Inc.||YWCA Bucks County||Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy|
Foundations Community Partnership has awarded nearly $6 million in grants and scholarships in Bucks County since 2007. Foundations Community Partnership is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. Foundations Community Partnership provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students, underwrites community education programs and supports behavioral health education and research. To learn more about Foundations and its mission please visit their website at www.fcpartnership.org or contact them at 267-247-5584.
Photo caption: (right to left): Dr. Daniel Weldon, Senior Consultant for Program Development and Education (seated); Ron Bernstein, Founding Executive Director, Foundations Community Partnership; Tobi Bruhn, Ed.D., Executive Director; and Caroline O’Connell Sinton, Associate Director (seated) at Foundations Community Partnership, responded to the pandemic by awarding $230,000 to 51 non-profit organizations in Bucks County.