Community Choice Credit Union launches new grant program, seeks nonprofits to apply

In order to strengthen ties with community organizations and expand the reach of its Give Big culture, Community Choice Credit Unionis issuing its first open request for grant applications through the Community Choice Foundation. Each quarter the Foundation will award a grant of up to $3,000 to a nonprofit in Michigan.

“Since launching the Foundation in 2008 Community Choice has awarded $880,000 in scholarships and staff has donated over 17,000 volunteer hours to local charities,” said Steven Hernandez, Foundation Development Coordinator. “The new grant program will now allow us to help fund the nonprofits we’ve spent so many years volunteering with and believing in. With four grants to be awarded per year there is plenty of love to go around, and awardees just might also benefit from our annual Give Big volunteer weekend.”

Nonprofits must be located in Michigan and address one of the Foundation’s four priority areas: health and human services

, projects or programs  that address the physical and or mental well-being of children and adults; capacity building, which would support staff or board trainings, financial audits or strategic planning; basic needs, for organizations who provide food and shelter for the most vulnerable residents of Michigan; and neighborhood safety/community development, which would support  organizations who are fighting blight and beautifying their communities. Eligible organizations must also have their own 501(c) 3 legal status.

Community Choice is accepting letters of inquiry on a rolling basis. The first winner will be announced in December. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awarded quarterly.

The Give Big Grants program is made possible through the credit union’s payroll deduction program, in which more than half of Community Choice’s 244 employees have elected to donate a portion of their pay.

To apply, interested organizations are asked to contact the manager at their nearest Community Choice Credit Union Member Center to ensure eligibility and begin the application process. Community Choice has 15 locations across Michigan. To find the member center nearest to you, visit communitychoicecu.com/locations.

For more information on Community Choice Credit Union visit CommunityChoiceCU.com.

About Community Choice Foundation: Since 2008 Community Choice Credit Union has put its Give Big philosophy into action through the Community Choice Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Foundation is committed to improving the communities served by Community Choice Credit Union through donations and volunteerism, as well as a scholarship program that that helps the best and brightest students pursue higher education and build their careers in Michigan. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $880,000 to local charitable programs and events.

About Community Choice Credit Union: Established in 1935, Community Choice Credit Union offers a wide variety of financial products and services for both consumers and businesses. Any individual who lives, works, studies or worships in the following counties is eligible to become a member of Community Choice Credit Union: Allegan, Genesee, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Ottawa, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County, Michigan. Since 2008, Community Choice has invested more than $992,623 and 17,294 volunteer hours into its charitable Give Big efforts throughout Michigan. If you’re looking for an experience that’s different from your current banking relationship, let’s get together. For more information, visit CommunityChoiceCU.com.