Biz Kid$ Financial Ed Grants Now Available
Credit union organizations can now apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) through March 31. The Foundation is looking to distribute up to $100,000 in grants to credit union organizations as part of this effort. The application can be found here.
“We encourage credit unions to apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant to improve youth financial literacy through this award-winning program,” said Danielle Brown, the Foundation’s Director of Development & 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.”
Some examples from the past two years:
- 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 be used to fund innovative programs that engage teachers, students, education leaders, local PBS stations or community stakeholders through events, activities and/or curriculum distribution. Funds may not be used as a cash donation to a third party.
Grants Aligned with Biz Kid$
Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities and a website 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$, click here.
Grants from the Michigan Credit Union Foundation are also available to help Michigan credit unions with Biz Kid$ activities as well as other financial education and community reinvestment initiatives. Learn more here.