YMCA Bucks will be utilizing a $2 million state grant to fuel its planned expansion and sustain its community programs. The funding comes in the form of an RACP grant and was announced Friday in a press release.

The new YMCA Fairless Hills branch plan. Image via YMCA Bucks.

The Y announced its plans this past April to renovate and reinvigorate its facilities. But a the success of a promotional 50 mile trek through Bucks County has allowed it to expand even further. This most recent grant is a strong step forward toward achieving its $20 million goal.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant is a state program intended to help community projects. YMCA Bucks applied in early spring with the help of local politicians.

State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) provided $1.5 million of the total grant, while State Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10) supplied the remaining $500,000.

“YMCA of Bucks County is a valuable community resource that I am pleased to support,” Tomlinson said. “These projects mean the Y can expand the health, recreation, and educational services they already provide and offer more free community programs to benefit county residents including veterans, cancer survivors, and individuals recovering from substance disorder.”

CEO Zane Moore walked the full journey from Quakertown to Fairless Hills, helping to raise $14 million for the project. Moore thanked the state senators for supporting the organization.

“This grant will enable our Y to complete significant capital renovations ensuring we can continue to positively impact the health and wellness of our community and provide programs that benefit special populations.”