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Making a Difference in the Places We Call Home

As a credit union, giving back is what we do. Our members give us the financial strength and support we need to make a difference. We, in turn, give our time, talents and financial support to our community. We're committed to supporting the communities we serve through financial investments as well as volunteer services by our staff.

 

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What is the Power of Community?

We're challenging you to make your community an even better place to live, work and play. We believe one of the most vital parts of any community is its people — and it's these people who can make a positive impact on the community. Bring us your ideas on how to improve your community because together we are stronger, and even small ideas can make a big impact.

This program supports compelling projects, no matter how big or small, that look to provide solutions to community issues through:

  • Change and Innovation
  • Volunteerism
  • Impact-driven with data and reporting

What the Power of Community is Not

The Power of Community does not support sponsorships or in-kind donations. Please visit our Power of Partnership page for these types of requests.

Power of Community Grant Requirements and Eligibility

A successful Power of Community grant application outlines a program/project that solves a specific problem, bridges a gap or fulfills a specific need in the community. Grant applications may include a request for a combination of financial investment, volunteer hours and/or credit union staff resources. 

Grant Requirements

  • The stated goal must tie to a specific program/project that has a measurable impact on the community
  • The program/project must support:
    • A specific, connected set of activities, with a beginning and an end
    • Explicit objectives
    • A predetermined cost estimate
    • Measurable results
  • Eligible projects/programs include, but are not limited to:
    • Education
    • Health and Social Services
    • Individual or Family Wellness
    • Neighborhood Stability and Revitalization
    • Other Community Development Needs

Who Can Apply?

Any individual or organization living or working within Electro's defined field of membership.

Other Important Information

  • Maximum Award is $2,000 per project
  • An individual or organization may submit additional grant requests upon completion of any previous grant-funded project and the submission of a final report
  • Funding is awarded based on:
    • Demonstrated need
    • Availability of funds
    • Electro's Community Development budget for each year
  • If a project request is approved, the grant recipient must implement the project within 12 months
  • Grant recipients will be required to post and share their projects on Electro's social pages and mention Electro within the posts and shares, as well as press releases or any other public relations involving the project.
  • A final report must be submitted within one month of the completion of the project. Reporting details will be issued with approved project proposals. Testimonials, video and success stories are encouraged.

Power of Community Grant Application 

A volunteer committee composed of Electro staff will review project applications as they are received during the grant application period. The review committee places a priority on proposals which:

  • Clearly demonstrate and document a community need to be addressed
  • Launch a new program or enhance a current program
  • Include an evaluation plan to measure both individual and community impact
  • Make a lasting impact on the community
  • Includes opportunities for Electro employees to volunteer their time or expertise
  • Incorporates community relations and promotion that Electro may participate in (i.e., social media, press releases, physical presence of credit union's support for the project)

Completed application packets will be accepted from January 1 - March 31. Applicants will be notified no later than May 31 whether their application will receive a Power of Community Grant.

Completed packets must be postmarked by March 31 or may be delivered in-person to any Electro branch by close of business no later than March 31.

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Check back January 1 to begin applying for the Power of Community Grant.