Park Community Credit Union - Community Engagement Fund

Our Purpose

Park strives to improve the financial lives of our members and our communities through connection. Our Community Engagement Fund (CEF) leverages our services to strengthen the communities we serve by connecting community members to the resources they need to thrive.

General Guidelines

The Community Engagement Fund application will assist in identifying appropriate funding opportunities where Park can make a difference. Our goal is to provide monetary support of up to $5,000.00 to organizations that foster social impact in all the areas we serve, with a focus on Louisville Metropolitan Area, Southern Indiana, and the Bluegrass Region.

All organizations applying must have a non-profit designation and a 501(c)3 letter of determination from the IRS.

Funding will generally focus on the following categories:

  • Access to financial education and access to financial services
  • Housing, home ownership
  • Education, education resources

Limitations and Exclusions:

  • We will NOT consider applications for capital campaigns, fundraising events, or seed funding
  • We will NOT fund organizations of a controversial nature
  • We will NOT provide support for a political candidate(s)
  • We will NOT fund general operating expenses
  • We will NOT fund organized youth sports programs

Things to Note:

All requests must be submitted through the Community Engagement Request Form at least thirty (30) days prior to funding.

Questions regarding the Community Engagement Fund can be directed to community.engagement@parkcommunity.com.

Park appreciates efforts to share information regarding our passion for reinvesting in our communities, recipients of donations can submit a copy of press release, prior to publication, regarding funds, by emailing community.engagement@parkcommunity.com.

Things to note before applying:

  • To ensure the best experience while using the online application system (Blackbaud Award Management formerly known as Academic Works), you are encouraged to use a supported internet browser. For optimal compatibility, we recommend using any newer browser such as:
    • Google Chrome,
    • Mozilla Firefox,
    • Apple Safari, or
    • Microsoft Edge.
    • Not Fully Compatible: Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11)
  • You will be required to ‘sign up’ by entering an email address and a password of your choosing.

Community Engagement Fund

Park Community Credit Union (Park) is invested in the places where we live, work, and play. Through purposeful investments, Park will support innovative partnerships that create value and help build better communities in which we serve.

Organizations interested in connecting with us and are seeking Financial Support, Employee Speaking Engagements, Financial Education Resources, or Corporate Volunteer Opportunities must complete and submit the Community Engagement Fund application at least thirty (30) days in advance of anticipated funding or needed employee engagement support.

We proudly support local nonprofits. If you would like us to consider your nonprofit, please read our guidelines then apply below.

All questions regarding the Community Engagement Fund Program can be directed to community.engagement@parkcommunity.com.

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

We are proud to support our employees’ passion and commitment to volunteering and giving back as part of our approach to the Community Engagement Fund.

One of the best ways we can play a role in helping to address community needs is by connecting our employees to opportunities to help advance local economies and social progress. We choose to make an impact in the financial lives of all that we serve and encourage our employees to act and provide their time and talent to local projects and organizations

If you would like to request Park Community Credit Union employee(s) volunteers for your non-profit organized event, please review our guidelines then apply through the Community Engagement Fund.

Employee Speaking Engagement

Park Community employees are content experts in their respective fields and proudly represent the Park brand. All employees are encouraged to participate in speaking engagements, serving on board of directors, and commit time and talent to community initiatives on behalf of Park.

Supporting local economies and the financial lives of our members is a priority. We are eager to share our knowledge and resources with our community. Our employees are our most valuable resource and we support their professional development, career growth, and community engagement.

To request a content expert to speak at your next event, please apply through the Community Engagement Fund.

How can we help?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, all organizations applying must have a non-profit designation and a 501(c)3 letter of determination from the IRS.

  • Funding will generally focus on the following categories:

    • Access to financial education and access to financial services
    • Housing, home ownership
    • Education, education resources
    • We will NOT consider applications for capital campaigns, fundraising events, or seed funding
    • We will NOT fund organizations of a controversial nature
    • We will NOT provide support for a political candidate(s)
    • We will NOT fund general operating expenses
    • We will NOT fund organized youth sports, dance/cheer, or band programs
    • Amount Requesting
    • Dates for when funds are needed
    • Reason for Request (max. 50 words)
    • Detailed Description of how funds will be used (max 750 words)
    • Amount of current annual budget
    • Percent of your current annual budget dedicated to administrative costs.
    • Please list any additional resources available to assist your organization with this effort.
    • Does the requesting organization currently have a deposit relationship with Park? If yes, explain. (Please note number of business and/or personal account(s) [i.e. savings, checking, loan, etc.] and amount held in the account(s).)
    • Are any Park Community Credit Union Employees involved in the effort? If so, explain.
    • Has Park participated in the past? If so, how?
    • Date Needed
    • Topic
    • Details of Event (who, where, when, expected audience size)
    • Expectations (Is overnight travel expected? How long is the speaker needed to speak?)
    • Date volunteers are needed
    • Time(s) volunteers are needed (ex. Please list start and end times)
    • How many volunteers are needed
    • How many hours are volunteers expected to serve? (ex. 30 minutes, 1 hour, blocks of time 2 through 8 hours, etc.)
    • Copy of IRS designation letter
    • Supporting documents, flyers, press releases
  • To ensure the best experience while using the online application system (Blackbaud Award Management formerly known as Academic Works), you are encouraged to use a supported internet browser. For optimal compatibility, we recommend using any newer browser such as:

      • Google Chrome,
      • Mozilla Firefox,
      • Apple Safari, or
      • Microsoft Edge.
      • Not Fully Compatible: Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11)
  • Park Community’s sister organization, Nspire – A Park Community Initiative, provides the administrative support for the Community Engagement Fund.

     

  • Yes, you will be required to ‘sign up’ or ‘sign in’ by entering an email address and a password of your choosing. You will be asked to confirm your email before starting the application.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Yes! Once you start the application, you can save, exit and then return later to enter more information or submit your application. You must submit the application by midnight of the deadline or the information entered into the application will be auto-erased while the system resets for the next application cycle.

    While entering your information, SAVE FREQUENTLY, or you may lose all your hard work! We suggest saving after each section, at least. There is no limit to how many times you can save and continue to work.

  • If you have issues or questions about the grant application, please email:  community.engagement@parkcommunity.com.