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    FCP Board Aids Bucks County Non-Profits Stricken by Pandemic

    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 NeedChildren’s Developmental ProgramIvy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    LifePath (Ridge Crest)Minding Your MindNational Alliance on Mental Illness of PA, Bucks County Chapter
    The Baby BureauWoods Services Inc. Worthwhile Wear
    Bethany Christian Services of the Greater Delaware ValleyCancer Support Community Greater PhiladelphiaCommunity Conservatory of Music
    Comprehensive Learning CenterFamily Service Association of Bucks CountyLenape Valley Foundation
    NGA-Needlework Guild of AmericaSnipes Farm & Education CenterYMCA of Bucks County 
    ATG Learning AcademyAutism Cares FoundationBucks County Housing Group
    Easter Seals of Southeastern PAOne House at a TimePeace Valley Holistic Center
    Refuge Child Care AcademySpecial EquestriansThe Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc
    Penndel Mental Health CenterBARC Developmental ServicesMaternity Care Coalition
    Grand View Health FoundationBucks County Community College FoundationHeritage Conservancy
    Christ’s HomeBucks County Audubon SocietyBig 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 PlaceBucks County Opportunity Council Bucks County Playhouse Theater, Inc.
    Coalition to Shelter and Support the HomelessFamily Promise of Lower BucksHealthLink Dental Clinic
    KidsPeace National Centers, Inc.Lily’s Hope FoundationNetwork of Victim Assistance (NOVA)
    Potential Inc.YWCA Bucks CountyPegasus 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. 

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    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.