The Bucks County Redevelopment Authority is granting $150,000 to nearly two dozen local non-profits. This is the latest in a series of initiatives the BCRDA is taking in response to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Emergency Non-profit Relief Program (ENRP) focuses its attention toward organizations which can directly benefit vulnerable populations. Non-profits for seniors, veterans, people struggling with mental health issues, and the homeless are just some of the beneficiaries.
Like other grant programs from the BCRDA, the money comes from funds generated at Parx Casino. Parx sends a percentage of its gross terminal revenue to the BCRDA, which it can use to support surrounding communities.
Since Governor Wolf closed Pennsylvania on March 19, 2020, the BCRDA has mobilized $750,000 for Bucks. BCRDA Executive Director Jeff Darwak says the organization will continue to work for the local community.
“In less than 60 days, we’ve been able to reach more than 100 businesses, non-profit organizations and municipalities through these initiatives. The Redevelopment Authority stands ready to support communities confronting the evolving challenges of COVID-19 and Governor’s Order that shut down significant portions of our economy.”
BCRDA Chairman Sean Schafer expanded on Darwak’s message.
“We are committed to utilizing our proven track record of maximizing federal, state and local resources to support our communities, especially in the wake of harmful disruptions in these trying times and will use every tool available to us to facilitate the short and long-term recovery effort in Bucks County”.
A full list of the 22 non-profits receiving funds as part of the ENRP is below.