Truliant Opens Community Mini Grants Submission Period
Release date: 6/5/2015
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JUNE 5, 2015) – Truliant Federal Credit Union is encouraging nonprofit organizations in cities and counties where its branch network operates to submit applications starting this week for Community Mini Grant funding.
The program, now in its seventh 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 over 170 different nonprofit organizations with about $180,000 in funding.
“Working together makes our communities better. Our Community Mini Grants continue to have a big impact in the local member-owner communities we serve. We encourage any qualifying nonprofit in the geographic regions where we give these awards to apply,” said Renee Shipko, community engagement liaison at Truliant.
The grants program provides support for qualifying nonprofit organizations. Applications will be available online at www.truliant.org/minigrants through July 17 at 5 p.m. Recipients will be chosen by in an online crowdsourcing contest on Facebook and Twitter in August.
This year, Truliant is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations who improve our communities in one of four unique areas including:
• Financial Literacy, for organizations providing financial education to improve the lives of individuals served;
• Basic Needs, for agencies that meet essential needs, such as hunger and shelter, and promote personal independence and self-sufficiency;
• Arts and Culture, for organizations that inspire creativity through the arts or introduce audiences to new experiences through cultural programming;
• Youth Development, for programs that benefit the well-being of youth including leadership services, mentoring and life skills.
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-Mecklenberg area communities of Matthews and Mint Hill and the University, Tyvola, Harrisburg, Ballantyne, Mallard Creek, Huntersville, Rivergate 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 in August. Grants will be awarded by September 30, 2015. 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 mission-driven, not-for-profit financial institution that promises to always have its member-owners’ best interest at heart by improving their lives through providing financial guidance and affordable financial services. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves more than 190,000 members and currently has 30 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. For more information on Truliant Federal Credit Union, visit www.truliant.org.
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