Vision Credit Union announced a new community grant program, Helping Hand Grants, on Dec. 9, which will help schools, charities and organizations in rural Alberta communities with financial support.
Helping Hand Grants offers up to $10,000 in funding to qualifying organizations for capital projects that benefit rural communities and their residents. Vision Credit Union is set to provide more than $180,000 per year on an ongoing basis through these grants.
“We’re excited to launch Helping Hand Grants to support projects that are truly enriching our communities. Our mission as a credit union is to improve the lives of the people we serve and the well-being of our communities,” said Steve Friend, CEO of Vision Credit Union.
The program is open to non-religious and non-political organizations that operate in Vision Credit Union’s 23 branch communities.
Applications can be submitted for any funding amount up to a maximum of $10,000 per grant for specific capital projects (not operational funding). They will be reviewed by the Helping Hand Grants committee, which is comprised of Vision Credit Union’s CEO and Board.
Vision Credit Union says grant applications will be evaluated based on the project’s benefit to people and the community.
Grants are open to both Vision Credit Union members and non-members. Those wanting to apply can submit their applications and supporting materials online or at any Vision Credit Union branch.
The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2023, and applicants will be notified about the status of their application by Feb. 28, 2023. Grant funding will be announced in March.