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Grants Overview

PLEASE NOTE: As UWBC funding is being deployed to support the critical needs in our community resulting from COVID-19, other UWBC grant opportunities are currently on hold.

To apply for a Berks COVID-19 Response Fund Grant, click here. This is the only grant opportunity available at this time.


Rapid Response Grants, totaling $112,200, were awarded to 11 organizations in 2019. These 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.

Three Venture Grants were awarded in 2019, which provide one-time funding in support of new or expanded programs responding to needs of underserved populations or geographic areas. These grants totaled $58,209 and were awarded to programs focused on transportation solutions.

LIVE UNITED Grants, one-time grants of up to $5,000, provided to grass-roots or community-based organizations with a yearly budget below $250,000, were awarded in 2019 to four organizations focusing on creative projects bringing people together to improve the quality of life for Berks County residents. LIVE UNITED Grants totaled $18,000.

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, were awarded in 2019 to 12 organizations to support summer programming featuring a literacy component and serving Berks County Title 1 students, up to and including 3rd grade. Summer Learning Grants totaled more than $54,400.

Resources for grant writers

UWBC Community Level Outcomes and Program Level Outputs

Grant Symposium 2019, presented by Alvernia University and United Way of Berks County