The Ohio Credit Union Foundation awards grants that support educational and outreach initiatives that promote financial independence through credit unions, professional and volunteer development, and for disaster relief.
Grants are awarded on a bi-monthly cycle to ensure timely processing of the increasing numbers of applications received. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year, and notification of awards occur bi-monthly.
|Applications Submitted:||Notification By:|
|Dec. 15 – Feb. 28||March 31|
|March 1 – April 30||May 31|
|May 1 – June 30||July 31|
|July 1 – Aug. 31||Sept. 30|
|Sept. 1 – Oct. 31||Nov. 30|
|Nov. 1 – Dec. 15||Jan. 15|
GRANT RESULTS REPORTS
Upon completion of your grant-funded project, please complete the following appropriate results report:
COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT
The COVID-19 Relief Grant provides credit unions with an opportunity to help their members mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each COVID-19 Relief Grant recipient will receive up to $10,000 to distribute to their members to offset the costs of groceries, utilities, or rent.
BECKY HART STUDENT INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The Becky Hart Student Internship Scholarships honors long-time League executive Becky Hart (employed at the League from 1991 to 2015), who passionately believed in the power of credit unions and nurturing of people. The scholarship provides funds to hire student interns to work at Ohio credit unions, exposing more young people to the Credit Union Movement as a career opportunity.
WILLIAM A. HERRING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (OUTREACH) GRANT
Grants awarded by the Ohio Credit Union Foundation through the William A. Herring Society support credit union social responsibility and financial services initiatives that impact people of modest means and benefit the broader community within which the credit union and its members reside. As cooperatives with a social purpose, credit unions can use the grant funds for programs that improve the lives of everyday people and provide basic financial services to those who need them. Such programs exemplify the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, which differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION GRANT
These grants help credit unions implement programs within their communities that provide financial services and financial education to the community, local schools, diverse populations, or members. Credit unions are encouraged to participate in the MoneyAndStuff initiative.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
General Professional Development
Available for registration expenses to attend conferences, workshops, and online and self-study opportunities relevant to the credit union movement by strengthening an employee’s or volunteer’s abilities, as well as the future of their credit union.
Richard Blake Scholarship
Honors former Ohio Credit Union League chairman and director emeritus Richard Blake and provides registration funds for one credit union leader to attend the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference held each March in Washington, D.C.
Jacquie Fisher Memorial Scholarship
Honors Jacquie Fisher, a long-time employee of the Ohio Credit Union League and Credit Union National Association, and provides one credit union leader tuition for one year of CUNA Management School. Credit union employees may apply for the scholarship each year that tuition assistance is needed.
Louise McCarren Herring Credit Union Development Education Scholarship
This scholarship is available to attend the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program held each April and August. The DE program is an intensive immersion training that explores the cooperative business model and how the Credit Union Movement can survive. Learn more about the DE Program.
DISASTER RELIEF GRANT
These grants are available to help credit unions, their members, and communities following a catastrophic event.