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Truliant To Award 20 Mini Grants To Financial Literacy-Based Projects

Truliant To Award 20 Mini Grants To Financial Literacy-Based Projects

Release date: 8/31/2014

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2014) – Truliant Federal Credit Union is encouraging nonprofit organizations in cities and counties where its branch network operates to submit applications for Community Mini Grant funding.

The program, now in its sixth year, provides 20 community-based nonprofit organizations with $1,000 in grant funding to support operating, programmatic or capacity-building needs. Since its inception, the program has awarded 150 different nonprofit organizations with about $160,000 in funding.

"Improving the communities we serve through financial literacy outreach has always been a major focus at Truliant. Our responsibility to improve the quality of life of our members extends to the impact we can have in the neighborhoods where they live," said Renee Shipko, community engagement liaison at Truliant.

The grants program provides support for qualifying nonprofit organizations. Applications will be available starting Sept. 4, 2014, and are due by Oct. 15, 2014. Recipients will be chosen by online voting on Facebook and Twitter in November.

This year, Truliant is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations who improve our communities in one of four unique areas including:

  • Financial literacy, where top priority will be given to organizations providing financial education to improve the lives of individuals served
  • Emergency assistance, from organizations who meet essential needs and promote personal independence
  • Self-sufficiency, through agencies whose focus is on providing resources and tools to assist individuals to improve their lives by making lifestyle changes
  • Youth programs that benefit the well-being of children and youth through life skills, leadership training and mentoring services

Truliant will accept applications for geographic regions including: Virginia's New River, Wytheville and Richmond communities; Greenville, S.C.; East Triad communities of Elon, Mebane, Burlington, Asheboro, Greensboro and High Point; West Triad communities of Winston-Salem, Clemmons and Kernersville; Charlotte communities of Matthews and Mint Hill and the University, Tyvola and Uptown city sections; and Western North Carolina including Shelby and McAdenville communities.

Qualifying organizations who are interested in applying must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be in existence for at least three years. Truliant grants are unavailable to individuals, political candidates or groups, religious organizations or schools and organizations that operate outside the identified geographic area.

At the conclusion of the grant application period, all applicants will be reviewed by an internal committee and semi-finalists will be selected. Semi-finalists will be featured on Facebook during an online voting period. Truliant Facebook fans can show their support for local nonprofit organizations by voting on the credit union’s page Nov. 3-21, 2014. Grants will be awarded by Dec. 31, 2014. For more information on Truliant Community Mini Grants, please visit Truliant.org, email [email protected] or call (336) 659-1955.

About Truliant Federal Credit Union

Truliant Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial institution that provides affordable financial services to its member-owners. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves more than 180,000 members. It has 23 Member Financial Centers in N.C., S.C. and Va. For more information on Truliant Federal Credit Union, visit Truliant.org.

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Heath Combs
Senior Public Relations & Copywriting
Truliant Federal Credit Union
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