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Biz Kid$ Financial Ed Grants Now Available from Foundation
Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:35 AM

Grants Extend Reach of Award-winning Financial Literacy Series

Credit union organizations can now apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation through March 31, 2016. The Foundation is looking to distributing up to $100,000 in grant funds to credit unions as part of this effort.

The application can be found here or by visiting ncuf.coop>How We Help>Biz Kid$>Apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant.

“We encourage credit unions to apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant to improve youth financial literacy through the award-winning Biz Kid$ program,” said Danielle Brown, the Foundation’s director of development and donor relations. “This is the fourth year we are offering grants, and thus far the results have been impactful and inspiring. All of the previous grantees offer a variety of engaging ways to use Biz Kid$ in your community.”

Through a series of articles over the past two years, the Foundation has been highlighting Biz Kid$ grantees that have been leveraging Biz Kid$ and its curriculum to build students financial literacy and economic education skills. Some examples include:

  • CASE Credit Union partnered with the YMCA to host a week-long summer camp using Biz Kid$ concepts and curriculum to enhance youth financial literacy in their community. 
  • Maps Credit Union partnered with Western Oregon University to incorporate Biz Kid$ into the College of Education’s curriculum.
  • The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation improved the financial literacy skills of both students and educators through their collaborative Biz Kid$ pilot program around entrepreneurship.

What the Grants Fund

Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants may fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program. Projects may engage teachers, students, education leaders, local PBS stations, or community stakeholders through events, activities, and/or curriculum distribution. Each project should create innovative and engaging activities incorporating Biz Kid$ materials. Funds may not be used as a cash donation to a third party.

Grants Aligned with Biz Kid$

Launched nationally in January 2008, Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website (bizkids.com) targeting children 9–16 years old. The number one goal of the Biz Kid$ financial literacy initiative is to teach kids from upper elementary through high school to understand and incorporate the skills they need to successfully manage their financial lives. One goal of the Foundation’s Biz Kid$ Financial Education grants is to extend the reach of the series beyond broadcast into the community. For more information about Biz Kid$, click here.

Questions about Biz Kid$ or the grant process can be directed to Danielle Brown at 608-556-2406 or via email at dbrown@ncuf.coop.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes. Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. The Foundation continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.