At its recent meeting, the Bucks County Foundation voted to give nearly $100,000 in grants from unrestricted funds to 16 local organizations.
Capital grants included The Women’s Animal Center to purchase an ultrasound machine, Doylestown Health for a defibrillator, Pearl S. Buck International for the renovation of its Administrative Center, and Habitat for Humanity for the acquisition of three homes for rehabbing.
Operating grants were approved for Bucks County Children’s Museum, Special Equestrians, Roxy Therapy Dogs, Doylestown Area Fish, Palisades Community Chorus, the Emergency Relief Association Food Pantry in Levittown, and The Advocates for Homeless / Those in Need in Lower Bucks County.
Program grants for The Bucks County Historical Society will help clear the trails on the grounds around Fonthill Castle, and will help the James A. Michener Museum display the Jerry and Marguerite Lenfest Exhibit. The Bucks County Opportunity Council received funding for its Volunteer Tax Assistance Program and the Peace Center received a grant for the Girls Unlimited program in middle schools. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower received a second year of funding to reseed the Aquetong Meadow, previously destroyed in a storm.
The foundation gives more than $250,000 in grants to local organizations serving Bucks County, primarily in the fall and spring. The LaMel Garden Fund grants will be announced in November, specifically for Upper Bucks County nonprofit agencies.
The next round of general countywide grants will be distributed in March, with grant applications due by Jan. 15. Any nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization working in the county is eligible to apply.
More information is available on the website, buckscountyfoundation.org, or by phone at 215-997-8566.