Foundations Community Partnership Board Approves $150,000 in Grant Awards Benefiting Bucks Non-Profits

Doylestown, PA (December 15, 2011) – As part of their mission to improve the lives of Bucks County young people and their families, Foundations Community Partnership’s Board of Directors has approved $150,000 in grants, including $50,000 in Capital Grants and $100,000 in Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG) to help 16 Bucks County human service non-profits and the families they serve.

Foundations Community Partnership awarded a total of $50,000 in Capital Grants to these five non-profit organizations:

Bucks County Housing Group was awarded $15,000 to build an outdoor pavilion at the Robert Morris Apartment Complex in Morrisville, which will allow them to offer programs in inclement weather.

NOVA was awarded $10,000 to help expand their Perkasie office, enabling them to offer additional counseling services to Upper Bucks County residents.

Christ’s Home For Children in Warminster received a $10,000 grant towards the purchase of a van to be used in their residential foster care program.

Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County in Chalfont received a $10,000 grant to help them upgrade computers and purchase construction software to keep the program fully operational.

Peace Valley Holistic Center in Chalfont was awarded $5,000 to purchase audio therapy equipment.

Foundations Community Partnership’s Board of Directors also awarded a total of $100,000 in Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG) to 11 non-profit human services organizations. BIIG grants are offered on a competitive basis to non-profit human services organizations to develop innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families in Bucks County.

BIIG grantees included:

Girard College was awarded a $10,000 grant for its “Girard Support Web” project, which serves 6 to 8 vulnerable youth from Bucks County with a rigorous academic program and related programs designed to promote intellectual, social and emotional growth.

Child, Home and Community in Doylestown received $6,000 in grant funding for their “Creative Careers” program, which provides one-on-one career counseling and group workshops to parenting adolescents to help them complete high school and develop skills to secure employment at a living wage.

Aldie Foundation in Doylestown was awarded a $14,000 grant to support the development and operation of a Family Resource Center that will facilitate parent education groups, filial therapy, children’s therapy, assistance in accessing medical and community resources and job search/career counseling for 1,500 clients per year.

Gilda’s Club of the Delaware Valley based in Warminster received a $10,000 grant to support their Str8 Talk for Cancer program, which offers support for 100 Bucks County teens per year touched by cancer, including stress, emotional strain, behavioral issues and poor school performance.

Bucks County Chapter of The Links, Inc. in Doylestown was awarded a $10,000 grant for their Leadership Institute, which helps 400 Bucks County youth tackle topics such as bullying, drugs, youth violence, cliques and prejudice.

Special Equestrians in Warrington Township received a $10,000 grant to support a new Youth Connections behavior management program that focuses on the struggles of youth with behavioral problems.

Cradles to Crayons was awarded a $10,000 grant for their Giving Corps, which manages more than 9,000 volunteers who sort, clean, pack and distribute donations to 2,100 needy Bucks County children each year.

Neighborhood First’s LEAD program in Bristol received $10,000 to promote work ethics and community competences in 25 young people by replacing negative behavior and acts with positive behaviors.

ATG Learning Academy in Warminster was awarded a $10,000 grant for a new Arrowsmith Program that enhances learning readiness and works to repair learning disabilities for 30 school age students.

A Woman’s Place in Doylestown received a $5,000 grant to incorporate a new one on one collaborative counseling program into their children’s program, which serves 180 kids.

The Peace Center received a $5,000 grant to form a Diversity Task Force serving Holicong Middle School’s 3,500 students.

“The Board of Directors is pleased to support these organizations that have such a positive impact in our community,” said Ron Bernstein, executive director, Foundations Community Partnership. “They are fulfilling unmet needs for underserved children and families in Bucks County.”

Foundations Community Partnership is a private non-profit operating foundation that supports behavioral health education and research, provides grants for non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students and underwrites community education programs. To learn more about FCP and its mission please visit www.fcpartnership.org or call 267-247-5584.