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Madison, Wis. –Credit union organizations have until June 30 to apply for new Financial Education Grants from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF).
NCUF’s annual grant program was formerly known as “Innovation Grants,” but has been updated this year to realign with the Foundation’s new focus on financial education.
“Whether it’s a financial reality fair for high school students or a financial counseling program we encourage you to apply,” said Lois Kitsch, National Program Director at NCUF. “We are looking to fund innovative programs that improve the financial capability of all Americans.”
The application can be found here or by visiting ncuf.coop, then click the “Apply for a Grant” button or “Foundation Programs>Financial Education Grants.”
Questions on NCUF grants can be directed to Lois Kitsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 616-2409.
Grants Aligned with REAL Solutions
The goals of NCUF’s Financial Education Grants continue to be aligned with REAL Solutions®, NCUF’s signature program. In striving to improve the financial capability of American families, including low wealth individuals and families and young adults and children, REAL Solutions will focus on financial education and literacy programs that are designed to increase family financial capability through access to relevant information, training opportunities and wealth coaching. Research has shown that the low-wealth market includes not only lower-income consumers, but also consumers with moderate and middle incomes who have been unable to build significant savings or assets. REAL Solutions aims to help these consumers become credit union members, grow savings, and accumulate assets that will generate wealth for their families.
What the Grants Fund
Ongoing NCUF grant commitments support credit union participation in national financial education programs including Biz Kid$ and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). New Financial Education Grants can assist credit union organizations participating in these programs, or other initiatives consistent with the financial education components of REAL Solutions:
- Providing financial counseling
- Building employee and member financial capacity through savings challenges and other wealth coaching programs
- Experiential learning programs such as reality fairs and poverty simulations, after school financial education programs, product awareness, and staff training.
Eligible applicants include credit unions, CUSOs, state credit union associations, state credit union foundations, and any other organizations owned or controlled by credit unions.
About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.
NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make a real impact in the credit union community.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.