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Truliant Awards 23 Community Mini Grants to Nonprofits

Truliant Awards 23 Community Mini Grants to Nonprofits

Release date: 11/16/2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2016) – Truliant Federal Credit Union is awarding  a total of $21,000 in Community Mini Grant funds among 23 community nonprofit groups to enhance and grow their life-improving outreach efforts. 

The grants program accepts and considers proposals annually that support operating, programming or capacity-building needs. Each group submitted a grant proposal for a project focusing on financial education, basic needs, arts and culture, or youth programming. 

Truliant chose proposals as semifinalists. To win, nonprofits mobilized social media and encouraged fan votes for their favorite projects. 

“These funds help Truliant make a big impact locally through high-quality nonprofit programming in the communities we serve,” said Renee Shipko, Community Engagement Liaison for Truliant. “The social media contest engages a large local online audience and raises greater awareness of the important work done by nonprofit agencies.”

The Mini Grants program is now in its eighth year and has awarded more than $200,000 in funding. Truliant accepts applications from regions where the credit union offers membership in the Carolinas and Virginia. This year’s winners were from: Alamance, Randolph, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Gaston, Guilford and Forsyth County in North Carolina; Greenville, S.C.; and Wytheville and Radford in Virginia.

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. 

Please see below for a full list of Truliant Mini Grant winners and their submitted projects. 

2016 Mini Grant Winners

Alamance County

Alamance Community College Foundation (Mebane) - $1,000: For the Student Distress Fund, which provides emergency assistance to qualified students who need help with bills that may prevent them from graduating.

Alamance Children’s Theatre (Burlington) - $1,000: To support its productions of James and the Giant Peach, Elf the Musical Jr., and Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington, N.C. Grant funding will also support the 2017 ACTing Up Performing Arts Summer Camp.

Asheboro/Randolph County

Randolph County Partnership for Children (Asheboro) - $1,000: To purchase financial literacy-based early education Pre-K materials for use with children and families participating in the Parents As Teachers (PAT) program, a home-visiting program that champions the critical role of parental involvement in early childhood development and learning.

Mecklenburg County/Greater Charlotte-Area

Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen (Huntersville) - $1,000: To provide food and nourishment for those in need in our communities.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte - $1,000:  To support Mentor 2.0, a technology-based mentoring program geared towards providing low income students with the extra support and guidance they need to successfully complete high school and continue on to college. 

Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County - $1,000: To connect at-risk students (PreK-12) at 42 high-need Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools during the 2016-17 school year to the CIS "safety net" of critical support.

Grace-Mar Services - $500: To support group and one-on-one housing counseling for individuals that are residents of the Charlotte Housing Authority who are participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency program or Section 8 home ownership program who are willing and able to become homeowners. 

Hospitality House of Charlotte (Park Road) - $1,000: To support the  Overnight Lodging Program and Day Guest Program that allow families experiencing a medical crisis to have the comforts of home when they need it most. 

McCrorey YMCA Charlotte - $1,000: To implement a free water safety outreach program for low-income youth living in local apartment communities. 

Cleveland/Gaston Counties

Girls on the Run, Gaston County - $1,000: To purchase shoes for 5k participants who cannot afford them. Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms

Junior Achievement of the Carolinas, Gaston County - $500: To provide financial literacy and workforce preparedness education curriculum to three local Gaston County Schools classrooms.

Greenville, South Carolina

Center for Developmental Services, Greenville - $1,000: Funding supports a new financial literacy program for the families CDS serves. The seven-week series occurs every Friday afternoon with free childcare provided. Topics include family budgeting, credit cards, debt consolidation, impulse buying, life and disability insurance and retirement and social security. 

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville - $500: To support Finances for the Family, which promotes financial literacy to help stop the cycle of poverty in at-risk communities through a hands-on, family-based learning series. 

Guilford County

Family Support Network of Central Carolina, Greensboro - $1,000: To support a  recreation therapy student to plan and implement innovative and supportive programming for youth who have a sibling/siblings with special needs. 

LIFESPAN, Inc., Greensboro - $1,000: Funds will be used to engage individuals with disabilities in the Greensboro-area in specialized art classes taught by experienced artists. These classes will enable individuals to experience the benefits of artistic expression.


Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, Wytheville - $1,000: In an effort to serve all citizens of Wythe County, grant funds will support the construction of a restroom that will be available to senior and disadvantaged volunteers and customers.

Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread, Radford - $1,000: Funds will be utilized to meet operating expenses to continue two hunger relief programs; Meals on Wheels delivered to homebound individuals in Radford and Fairlawn and Free Meals served in a friendly dining room in Radford. 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County

Clemmons Food Pantry, Clemmons - $1,000: To provide immediate, significant and meaningful relief to individuals and families through boxes of food to individuals and families in need. 

Forsyth Education Partnership, Winston-Salem - $500: To purchase  program and school supplies, and to cover printing costs for brochures, posters and booklets. 

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County - $1,000: To support leadership development training of students from local high schools to become effective leaders, advocates, fundraisers, and volunteers to help eliminate poverty housing.

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville - $1,000: To create a classroom space for elementary education classes, workshops and hands-on learning opportunities. Grant funds will purchase general supplies, white boards and markers, craft supplies, supplemental education materials, and seed planting kit supplies.

Samaritan Ministries, Winston-Salem - $1,000: To buy food for special holiday meals for guests in its Soup Kitchen throughout the year. These meals include the Super Bowl, Easter, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas and provide a welcome touch of normalcy, hope and cheer.

The SECU Commons, Winston-Salem - $1,000: To increase access to reliable and consistent transportation for those who find themselves in unexpected circumstances. This grant will assist clients attend necessary employment, education and basic needs appointments who need 30-day bus passes, gas cards or other transportation vouchers.

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 200,000 members and currently has 31 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. For more information on Truliant Federal Credit Union, visit

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