Berks COVID-19 Response Fund Grants were launched in March of 2020 to address the immediate and ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Education Response Grants, totaling nearly $95,800, were awarded to 26 elementary schools in 12 local school districts in 2020. The grants are designed to help students, teachers and families facing a variety of challenges as the new school year launches during the pandemic.

Rapid Response Grants are designed to provide immediate funding for health and human service nonprofit organizations experiencing unanticipated changes in financial circumstances jeopardizing a critical program’s ability to be effective and causing negative consequences to clients and the community. Alternatively, funding may address a significantly increased demand for services that exceeds the organization’s capacity to meet with current financial resources.

Venture Grants provide one-time funding in support of new or expanded programs responding to the needs of underserved populations or geographic areas.

LIVE UNITED Grants, one-time grants of up to $5,000, are provided to grass-roots or community-based organizations with a yearly budget below $250,000

Summer Learning Grants, one-time grants of up to $5,000 provided to Ready.Set.READ! (RSR) partner schools, Summer Learning Coalition members and other organizations serving Berks County Title 1 students.