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Cornerstone CU Foundation Approves 75 Grants Worth $121,425
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:50 AM

Oklahoma Council on Economics Education
The Oklahoma Council on Economics Education Financial Education Curriculum Writing in Action.

In first quarter 2017, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s Grants Committee approved 75 grants totaling more than $121,425 to support credit unions in their community outreach endeavors, financial well-being initiatives, and professional development of staff and volunteers.

According to Emily Moreno, grants manager for the Foundation, 67 of the awarded grants provided professional development opportunities for credit union professionals, while seven grants assisted with community outreach initiatives such as reality fairs, a VITA site, and financial education partnerships. One chapter received funds to secure speakers for local trainings. 

Among the grants awarded for financial well-being initiatives, the Foundation is excited to partner again this year with the Oklahoma Council on Economics Education. After receiving a $5,000 grant from the Foundation in 2016 to fund K-3rd grade financial education curriculum writing, this year’s grant funds will be used to host workshops to train teachers on how to effectively implement this new curriculum into the classrooms. Studies show that most children’s financial habits are formed by age seven, and these initiatives will impact students’ lives and help to shape their future financial well-being.

Oklahoma Council on Economics Education
The Oklahoma Council on Economics Education Financial Education Curriculum Writing in Action.

The Foundation has partnered with the Texas Council of Economics Education in the past for similar grant initiatives and is also currently building a relationship with Economics Arkansas for financial well-being initiatives. Economics Arkansas was awarded a grant this year to support personal finance education for teachers at their sixth Annual REAL Econ for All, Economics and Personal Finance Conference. 

Credit unions are eligible to receive a grant to start or expand financial education in-house and in the communities they serve. To learn more about the Foundation’s grants program, including guidelines, grant cycles, and applications, please visit www.cscuf.coop. The next grants deadline for applications is Sept. 7.

If you have questions, please contact Emily Moreno, at 469-385-6483 or emoreno@cscuf.coop.