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.
Our grant application period is closed. Watch for our 2023 grant application announcment in December. The applicaiton period runs each year January 1 - March 31.
Past Power of Comm(unity) Grant Recipients
Our Power of Comm(unity) program challenges individuals and groups in St. Louis to submit their project ideas, no matter the size, that will support local solutions to local community needs.
Virtual learning vs. In-person learning Program at Oakmont Townhomes in coordination with Adopt-A-Block and Cornerstone Realty
The program will support additional resources in a tutoring hub at Oakmont Townhomes, such as computers, tablets, printers, and tutors so that resident students can remain supported whether choosing virtual or in-person learning. The hub will also offer adult-orientated classes, such as cooking and healthy lifestyle classes.
The Power of Community grant will support start-up costs of equipment and supplies for the tutoring hub, impacting 48 Oakmont families and Electro team volunteers.
Learn more about this empowering program - Interview with Al Harrold, founder of Strength and Honor
Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis Residential Program: Scholar Clothing
BHGHSTL makes a long-term investment in motivated but disadvantaged children, operating a residential facility where participants live, learn and grow. Their comprehensive programming supports each scholar’s holistic growth, facilitating
- Academic achievement through access to quality schools,
- Character development through extracurricular enrichment and volunteerism, and
- Preparation for the transition to college and productive careers.
BHGHSTL provides basic needs such as shelter, food, access to medical care, and clothing as the foundation for their enrichment and academic programs. Together, these offerings are part of their larger goal of facilitating the overall growth and development of the whole child.
The Power of Community grant will fund clothing provisions for 20 residential scholars and Electro team financial wellness volunteers.
Learn more about this empowering program - Interview with Cassandra Sissom, Executive Director
Black Girl, Bleu - Black Women’s Mental Wellness: Building Community to Overcome and Heal
The goal of this program is to offer a safe space for Black women in Greater St. Louis to tend to their mental health, and
- Gain the insight and clarity needed to define themselves, deconstruct the “Strong Black Woman” myth, and not allow their mental health challenges to define them.
- Meet other Black women who are dealing with similar situations, past, present, or future.
- Swap stories, experiences, and ideas (not necessarily advice)
- Connect with culturally competent wellness providers such as therapists, breathing guides, and healing consultants.
- Learn and practice tools and techniques to care for and improve their emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing.
The Power of Community grant will support cost of wellness providers for 25 women and Electro team financial wellness volunteers.
Learn more about this empowering program - Interview with Sharee Silerio, founder of Black Girl, Bleu
Wellston Loop Revitalization and Beautification Project
The Wellston Loop area is an underserved, low-income, predominantly African American community. Fires have destroyed many buildings already battling vacancy, neglect, and deterioration. Nearly every day, neighbors and families grieve the loss of young lives due to overdose and violence. The project provides for coordinated community clean-up and beautification days throughout the year. It also serves as an income-enhancing project for residents, as participants take on lead coordinator roles and are paid a small stipend for their work. This is just one of WLCDC’s many programs that work together to help revitalize the area.
The Power of Community grant will support the purchase of supplies and equipment for beautification projects and Electro team volunteers.
Learn more about this empowering program - Interview with Joy Marbley and Kim Jayne, Wellston Loop CDC team members
Youth Be Heard Strengths-Based Writing Program (SBWP)
The goal of the SBWP is to increase youth self-worth and instill belief in their own value and potential to make a positive impact on others. The selected site for SBWP implementation is East St. Louis High School, located in East St. Louis, Illinois. The grant will assist with implementation of the program.
Learn more about this empowering youth program - Interview with Renee Childs
Southeast Ferguson Community Association (SEFCA) Unity Center
The goal of the SEFCA Unity Center is to create a positive and trusted environment where residents can learn basic skills, health habits and have access to resources. These free resources will be offered to residents of the Ferguson, Jennings, Dellwood and Berkley communities. The Unity Center will offer a computer lab, a self-study lounge with free WiFi, a childcare room, a classroom for workshops and a teachable kitchen. Canfield Green Apartments has donated two of their units to be converted into the Unity Center. The grant will support the fund-raising efforts to complete the conversion construction.
Be inspired by community support happening in Southeast Ferguson - Interview with LaTasha Brown
Adopt-A-Block/Oakmont Townhomes Community Garden
The goal of the Adopt-A-Block/Oakmont Townhomes Community Garden is to provide fresh, safe and affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables to the residents and volunteers of Oakmont Townhomes and surrounding area in Southeast Ferguson. The POC grant will support the efforts to build the garden and to plant and maintain it.
See the amazing community garden at Oakmont Townhomes - Interview with Tierra Green
What is the Power of Comm(unity)?
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
- 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 Comm(unity) 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.
- 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:
- 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 Comm(unity) Grant Process
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)
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