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Truliant Awards 23 Community Mini Grants to Nonprofits

Truliant Awards 23 Community Mini Grants to Nonprofits

Release date: 10/3/2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2017) – Truliant Federal Credit Union is awarding a total of $20,000 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 arts and culture; employment and income generation; financial education; and food insecurity. 

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

“We are grateful to play a role in helping these organizations achieve their goals and provide meaningful engagement opportunities in their communities,” said Renee Shipko, Community Engagement Liaison for Truliant. “These funds are a valuable tool for helping enhance operational support for nonprofit agencies.”

The Mini Grants program is now in its ninth year and has awarded more than $220,000 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, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Guilford and Forsyth County in North Carolina; and Radford, 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. 

2017 Mini Grant Winners

Alamance County

Alamance Arts (Graham) - $1,000: To implement art educational programs for area community organizations and schools to help inspire children to engage in various art forms and to encourage creativity.

Asheboro/Randolph County

Randolph County Partnership for Children (Asheboro) - $500:  To provide funds for children and parents to shop for fresh produce at a farmer’s market through the Children’s Farm to Childcare program.

Cabarrus County

Rocky River Elementary/Cabarrus County Schools (Concord) - $1,000: To purchase a refrigerator to store all unopened food for the Food Bus program and to pay for transportation for students to deliver the food to pantries every Friday afternoon.

Guilford County

Community Theatre of Greensboro (Greensboro) - $1,000: To be able to continue serving the disabled community through our outreach program “Onstage and Inclusive,” an outreach program that pairs participants with mentors and professional acting, vocal and inclusion specialists.

High Point Community Against Violence (High Point) - $1,000: To provide funds for current operating costs to assist basic needs of offenders, continued job training, preparedness and placement and organizational operating expenses.

SPCA of the Triad (Greensboro) - $1,000: To provide pet food to keep the pantry open and stocked for the needy, qualified people within the Triad area as well as help other rescues in the Triad low on food for animals.

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) of High Point (High Point) – $500: To provide funds for ArtSmart, an after-school program that combines art history, art appreciation and art making. It will include eight weekly after-school sessions at 13 schools and community centers, for a total of 104 sessions, in which each student will learn about historic or contemporary artists from around the world then create artworks inspired by the medium or message of that artist’s work.  

Unifour One (Greensboro) - $1,000: To provide funds for the Changing Faces Youth Development Program, which serves youth ages 13-17 that are at risk of delinquency, have been adjudicated, undisciplined or delinquent who have multiple barriers to employment and barriers to becoming self-sufficient.

Mecklenburg County/Greater Charlotte-Area

Bright Blessings of Charlotte (Charlotte) - $1,000: To supply healthy and hearty snacks to relieve students hunger through the Gift of Care program to children struggling with homelessness and poverty. During the school year, volunteers pack and deliver over 7,000 Snack Packs for food-insecure students, including transient homeless kids in grades K-12.  

Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County - $1,000: To provide assistance for disadvantaged students at 43 high-need Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools enabling students to get the right kind of support (interventions/services), in the right amount (dosage/intensity level), at the right time to better position them for post-secondary success, economic mobility, and self-sufficiency in the 21st Century workforce.

Helping Outcomes for Parents of Exceptional Children (Charlotte) - $1,000: To provide financial education by engaging in a six-part financial seminar with a budgeting workbook where parents can ask questions and use the workbook as a reference in the future.

Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association (Charlotte) - $500: To provide material and labor to clean, repair, and seal the mural, originally created by local artist, Will Puckett, under the Matheson Bridge.

Keith Family YMCA of Charlotte (Charlotte) - $500: To provide the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a class which teaches sound proven principles for giving, saving, budgeting, becoming debt free and wealth building, to families and individuals free of charge.

Teen Reach (Charlotte) - $1,000: To provide youth well-rounded positive outlets that highlight the arts and culture, ensuring that each evening of Summer Teen Week(s) including song writing, canvas art, crafting, photography, videography, performing, and cooking classes.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County

Clemmons Food Pantry (Clemmons) - $1,000: To assist the pantry with improving the nutritional value of the emergency, supplemental groceries provided to people in need in Forsyth County, NC.

Experiment in Self Reliance (Winston-Salem) - $500: To help recruit, train, and retain volunteers needed to run the county’s free tax program.

Financial Pathways of the Piedmont (Winston-Salem) - $1,000: To promote a social media campaign encouraging Winston Salem/Forsyth County residents to take the Winston Salem ABC Saves pledge and begin saving money. Residents will be asked to upload a short video or picture to share the goal for them saving or an experience with saving money. The resident with the most "likes" will be awarded $100 to help meet their savings goal.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County - $1,000: To support Habitat's homeowner education programs for the individuals wishing to own their own home.

H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem (Winston-Salem) - $1,000: To provide a fresh, healthy lunch to a child at risk of hunger living in Winston-Salem. Each weekend year-round, musical vans from H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem arrive at 31 sites in Forsyth County and provide lunches to 1,200 children; fresh produce to 350 families; classes in cooking, food shopping on a limited budget, exercise, art/STEM and reading activities.

IFB Solutions Foundation (Winston-Salem) - $500: To prepare blind or visually impaired teenagers with the skills needed in adult life necessary in the working environment at Institute for the Blind (IFB) Solutions or other workplaces.

Senior Services, Inc., Forsyth County - $1,000: To be used to provide 200 hot, nutritious meals for frail home-bound senior adults who would otherwise face hunger and malnutrition. At a cost of $1,250 per person per year, this grant would provide nutrition for ten months, including groceries to supplement evening and weekend meals for one senior in Forsyth County. Volunteers deliver the meals each weekday.


New River Valley Senior Services (Radford) - $1,000: To provide senior citizens and low-income residents of Pulaski County transportation to nutritional options (Farmers Market and Food Pantry) that will promote healthier lifestyles and food security.

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley Senior Services (Radford) - $1,000: To provide Arts Outreach to Pulaski's Schools (VA) bringing in professional performers and selecting accredited artists from the Virginia Commission for the Arts' Touring Directory to complement ongoing lessons in coordination with teachers' input.

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 215,000+ members and currently has 33 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. For more information on Truliant Federal Credit Union, visit