The Berkshire Knitting Mill BuildingSince 1927, The Wyomissing Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants in support of diverse projects, ranging from the vital work of local community organizations to major initiatives unfolding on the world stage.


TWF funds several categories of grants and periodically changes the categories to meet changing community needs. Current categories are Community Grants, Economic Development Grants, and Family Grants.

Community Grants
Community Grants are managed directly by Foundation staff and include support for arts and environmental projects.

Economic Development Grants
Economic Development Grants are managed by the Foundation staff with the goal of advancing the revitalization of communities in and near the City of Reading. Impact is made through targeted capital investment in compact geographic areas in order to produce significant economic benefits that would not otherwise be achieved through the use of available conventional financing resources. These grants are generally awarded to projects that emanate from task forces that have been established to work in three geographic areas determined with the assistance of the Fels Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Rightmire, president of the Foundation, spoke with the Reading Eagle newspaper about the work of the Foundation, especially in the area of community and economic development. View a video of the question and answer session that was conducted in December 2012.

Thun Family Grants
Family Grants are made only through direct descendants of Ferdinand and Anna Thun. Family Grants are awarded by a committee of family members using grant guidelines specific to the Family Grants Program.

Please Note: Because of the special nature of the program, the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for Thun Family Grants. Do not use the Applying Section of this website to make your request. All applications for Family Grants must be facilitated and presented to the Foundation by a member of the Thun family.


Currently, all grants, with the exception of Thun Family grants, are looked at through the lens of economic development. Therefore, it is advisable to show how the request from an organization, whether it is an arts, environmental or health and human service agency, impacts economic development.

Please read more about the Foundation’s programs of community grants and family grants. Also be sure to review the extensive information pertaining to applying for grant funding from The Wyomissing Foundation.