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.
Rapid Response Grants awarded this year supported an array of organizations for a variety of initiatives including the launch of a Day Center to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for homeless individuals during the day; increased access to free tax preparation services for low/moderate income working individuals; an emergency food distribution site providing the largest soup kitchen in the City of Reading; a summer educational therapeutic program for children in residential treatment for emotional, behavioral and mental health issues; a backpack feeding program to elementary students and their families in a rural community; and to provide literacy opportunities for children experiencing homelessness. The recipients are:
Rapid Response Grants totaling $125,000 were awarded to 11 organizations in 2016.
Rapid Response Grants awarded this year support an array of organizations and provides for items including medical equipment for an outreach medical team helping the county's homeless population; supporting a home care vocational training program; replacing damaged playground equipment and lighting at a community recreation site; emergency facility repairs; and providing equipment to help physically challenged individuals. The recipients are:
Rapid Response Grants totaling $66,000 were awarded to five organizations in 2015.
The grants were awarded to help support emergency rent and utility assistance to local families in need, to support of an after-school program for Brandywine Heights Area middle school, to help homeless women and children, to support ESL programs, and to support a child-friendly and comforting site for abused children undergoing forensic interviews and medical exams. The recipient are:
Rapid Response Grants totaling $85,500 were awarded to seven organizations in 2014.
The grants were awarded to support programs centered on promoting successful reentry into the community, financial stability and working to end homelessness. Additional grants were awarded to focus on GED programs, to support of Operation Purple Camp for children of parents serving on active military duty, to support housing programs, to improve the Easter Seals Camp Lily building after a building collapse and to continue critically needed food and clothing services for low-income individuals. The recipients are: