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Deadline Approaching for Foundation’s Experiential Learning Grant Applications
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:15 AM

Credit union organizations have until July 15, 2015, to apply for an Experiential Learning Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation. Funded credit union organizations will be granted $10,000 or more as part of this effort.

The full call for proposals and grant application can be found here or by visiting>how we help>grants.

What the Grants Fund

The following experiential learning programs are ones that the Foundation has had experience with and are favored: 

  • Reality Fairs A hands-on financial literacy experience for high school students to learn some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own.
  • Retirement FairsIn cooperation with CUNA Mutual Group, the “Route Your Retirement” program has been created, which assists credit union members and staff to better prepare for retirement. 
  • Life SimulationsAlso known as “Poverty Simulations,” this experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers, and leaders begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month the month. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include credit unions, CUSO’s, state credit union associations, state credit union foundations, any other organization owned or controlled by credit unions, and other nonprofits. 

Grant Timeline

Applications will be reviewed by the Foundations’ Grant Committee from July 15 – September 1, 2015, and grant contracts will be signed and disbursed to successful applicants on or around October 1, 2015. The grant timeline will be for 12 months beginning from the date of the contract. 

Questions about experiential learning programs or the grant process can be directed to Lois Kitsch at 407-616-2409 or

About the National Credit Union Foundation (

The National Credit Union 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.