Redevelopment Authority Directing $150,000 To Non-Profits

The Bucks County Redevelopment Authority crest.

The Bucks County Redevelopment Authority is making $150,000 in grants available to local non-profits.

BCRDA announced its second COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program Friday. This is the organization’s second endeavor to make funds available from the Municipal Grant Program.

Money for the Municipal Grant Program comes directly from revenues generated at Parx Casino. However, Parx Casino has been temporarily closed since March 15 due to the coronavirus.

“When I drafted the legislation creating the Municipal Grant Program I did so to help our local communities offset any effects from the introduction of casino gaming at Parx,” said Senator Tomlinson. “Now these critical funds will be used to help offset the effects of a pandemic that forced Parx to shut down.”

Last month, the BCRDA and Board of Bucks County Commissioners coordinated together for an emergency loan program. It made $600,000 available for local businesses like restaurants and hotels which rely on Parx.

Non-profits are struggling as well. With more people out of work and in need of support, food and money are tight.

“Our non-profits have shown an amazing ability to meet the public’s need on shoestring budgets,” said Commissioner Chairperson Diane Ellis-Marseglia. “But, now, they would have almost no ability to assist if it weren’t for the generosity and quick response of the RDA.”

Each non-profit will be able to apply for up to $10,000 in grants. The deadline to apply is May 1.

“Non-profits have been hit exceptionally hard during this crisis,” said Sean Schafer, Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority. “Fundraising has become increasingly difficult, staff and volunteers are practicing social distancing, and for many, the need for their services is greater now than ever before. This program will help to provide some relief to support the missions of those non-profit organizations that serve our community.”

Applicants must submit their requests online, here. The BCRDA’s physical office has been closed since March 19.

Like with the COVID-19 Emergency Economic Rapid Response Loan Program, priority will be given to non-profits in municipalities surrounding Parx Casino.

This includes:

  • Bensalem Township,
  • Bristol Borough,
  • Bristol Township,
  • Hulmeville Borough,
  • Langhorne Borough,
  • Langhorne Manor Borough,
  • Lower Southampton Township,
  • Middletown Township,
  • and Penndel Borough.