“This gift has changed my life”
~ Kiley H., scholarship recipient

“This gift has changed my life”
~ Kiley H., scholarship recipient

Experience the Power of Giving

The Bucks County Foundation offers a variety of competitive grant programs, scholarships, and special initiatives to meet community needs. Grants are also awarded from donor-advised and designated funds created by donors for specific purposes; these funds are not open for grant applications.

GRANT MAKING PRIORITIES

Each year, Bucks County Foundation (BCF) awards grants to nonprofit organizations from its discretionary funds through a competitive grantmaking process. This process is steeped in community knowledge, relying on the contributions of foundation staff and trustees, along with a broad and diverse group of ambassadors. BCF’s grantmaking priorities underscore its mission to enhance the quality of life for residents of Bucks County.

BCF seeks grants that work to:

  • Identify community concerns and interests and initiate creative approaches to addressing these needs.
  • Promote solutions that address the causes of community problems, with emphasis on supporting underserved and disadvantaged people.
  • Encourage innovative projects that favor collaborative efforts among community groups or organizations, to address unmet needs.
  • Respect individual concerns in seeking community solutions.

BCF does not make discretionary grants to organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, economic circumstance, physical/mental abilities and characteristics, or marital status. This policy is not designed to deny grants to organizations serving defined populations in an effort to help those populations overcome historic discrimination; but exists to prohibit grants to organizations whose policies and practices single out particular groups to deny service, employment, or participation to them.

Since 2004, BCF has provided over $2,783,000 in grants to more than 110 various nonprofit partner organizations.

Our top 15 funded organizations:

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve $59,450

Michener Art Museum $66,500

Last Chance Ranch $72,700

Doylestown FISH $75,000

Child Home & Community $79,600

Tabor Children’s House $83,913

Bucks County Children’s Museum $87,200

Bucks County Historical Society $87,500

Habitat for Humanity $91,000

Special Equestrians $91,000

Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic $96,000

AARK Wildlife Rehabilitation Center $112,500

Bucks County Opportunity Council $119,000

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania $129,500

NOVA $147,318

COMPETITIVE GRANTS

GRANTS FOR BUCKS COUNTY

These grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive grant process.  Nonprofits serving Bucks County, PA may apply.  There are two grant cycles.  Deadlines are January 15th and July 15th.  See grant application guidelines below.

La-Mel Garden Fund: These grants are awarded annually through a competitive grant process to nonprofit agencies serving the Perkasie and Sellersville area of Bucks County, PA. Application deadline is October 15th.

GRANTS FOR BUCKS COUNTY APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The following guidelines apply to grants made from the unrestricted funds of the Bucks County Foundation. Grants made from restricted funds will follow the instructions of the donors.

  • Grants will be awarded only to tax-exempt, (501(c)3), non-profit organizations.
  • Grants will be awarded only to those organizations that serve Bucks County and its residents.
  • Grants will be awarded twice a year. Applications must be received no later than January 15th or July 15th for the Spring or Fall cycles.
  • Organizations with budgets less than $500,000 may apply for an operating grant or a program grant. Organizations with budgets of $500,000 or more must apply for a program grant.
  • Regardless of the grant committee’s decision, applications for funding may only be made once every twelve months.
  • Only single year grants will be awarded. Successful applicants may reapply for a second year.
  • Site visits may be made.

If your organization has questions about a proposed grant submission, please call the Foundation at 215-997-8566.

THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT FUND THE FOLLOWING

  • Individuals
  • Private Foundations
  • Deficit financing/debt reduction
  • Political activities
  • Advertising publications
  • Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction project for religious institutions
  • Umbrella funding organizations/pass-through organizations
  • Research

If your organization has questions about a proposed grant submission, please call the Foundation at 215-997-8566.

RECENT BUCKS COUNTY GRANTS

2022 BUCKS COUNTY GRANTS

Spring 2022

Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center- $10,000

Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic- $10,000

Bristol Riverside Theater- $7,500

Immigrant Rights Action- $5,000

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA- $10,000

Planned Parenthood Keystone- $8,500

Project Libertad- $5,000

Senior Adults for Greater Education (SAGE)- $3,000

Women’s Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals- $10,000

Fall 2022

Bowman’s Hills Wildflower Preserve- $8,000

Bucks County Children’s Museum- $8,000

Bucks County Opportunity Council- $7,000

Bucks County Playhouse Artist- $5,000

Doylestown Area FISH- $10,000

Habitat for Humanity- $10,000

NOVA- $5,500

The Peace Center- $5,000

Valley Youth House- $10,000

Vita Education Services- $3,500

Roxy Therapy Dogs- $5,000

Special Equestrians- $7,500

Family Service Association of Bucks County- $3,000

Grand View Health Foundation- $10,000

2021 BUCKS COUNTY GRANTS

Spring 2021

African American Museum of Bucks County- $5,000

Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic- $10,000

Bristol Riverside Theater- $5,000

Bucks County Audubon Society-$5,000

Immigrant Rights Action- $5,000

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA- $10,000

Planned Parenthood Keystone- $5,000

Women’s Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals- $10,000

Fall 2021

Bucks County Children’s Museum- $10,000

Bucks County Choral Society- $2,000

Bucks County Playhouse Artists- $5,000

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve- $7,000

Bucks County Opportunity Council- $7,000

Grand View Hospital- $10,000

Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County- $10,000

NOVA- $10,000

Palisades Community Chorus- $2,000

Roxy Therapy Dogs- $5,000

Special Equestrians- $7,500

The Peace Center- $6,000

2020 BUCKS COUNTY GRANTS

Spring 2020

Bucks County Children’s Museum- $7,500

Bucks County Historical Society- $7,500

Bucks County Opportunity Council- $5,000

Doylestown Area Fish- $5,000

Roxy Therapy Dogs- $5,000

Special Equestrians- $5,000

The Peace Center- $5,000

Fall 2020

AARK- $10,000

Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic- $8,500

Bristol Riverside Theater- $5,000

Bucks County Audubon Society- $5,000

Bucks County Choral Society- $1,000

The County Theater- $5,000

Immigrant Rights Action Group- $5,000

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania- $7,500

NOVA- $5,000

Planned Parenthood Keystone- $3,000

SCHOLARSHIPS

Through the generosity of donors in our region, Bucks County Foundation administers a variety of scholarship funds to eligible graduating high school students annually.

LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarships application process closes on April 12, 2024.

Foundation Grantees

BCF has awarded numerous grants to support the important work of organizations across Bucks County helping to improve our community
and the lives of the people who live here.  Below is a list of grant recipients throughout the years.

Foundation Grantees

BCF has awarded numerous grants to support the important work of organizations across Bucks County helping to improve our community and the lives of the people who live here.  Below is a list of grant recipients throughout the years.