Neighborhood Networks provides potential funding sources to help centers develop and improve programs and services. Featured this week is Bank of the West.
Established in 1874, Bank of the West operates more than 700 branch banking and commercial office locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Program Areas: Bank of the West focuses on the following four charitable giving categories:
- Community and Economic Development
- Creation, preservation, or rehabilitation of affordable housing.
- Homeownership and credit counseling programs for low- to moderate-income individuals.
- Financing services and technical assistance programs for small businesses and farms.
- Asset creation and preservation programs for low- to moderate-income individuals.
- Education and Job Training
- Financial management training and education programs.
- Afterschool tutoring and mentoring programs for underserved youth and young adults.
- Scholarship programs to educational organizations that support students who require financial assistance.
- Job training and vocational programs, including literacy and basic-skills education, for low- to moderate-income adults.
- Health and Human Care
- Community health and mental health counseling services.
- Homeless and crisis shelters and services.
- Aid to associations and societies that advance cures and promote health.
- Civic and Cultural
- Programs that promote civic engagement.
- Aid to organizations that promote the arts and local cultural activities.
Target Areas: West, Southwest, and Midwest.
Eligibility: Bank of the West charitable investments are limited to public, nonprofit charitable organizations and agencies that are exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. High priority is placed on grants that benefit low- to moderate-income individuals and communities.
Recipient nonprofit organizations must:
- Serve Bank of the West geographic areas.
- Fit within the charitable giving categories.
- Operate as an equal opportunity employer.
- Be governed by a board of directors.
- Demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability.
Funding will not be provided for:
- Organizations without 501(c)(3) status.
- Fraternal or alumni organizations.
- Political Action Committees, political candidates, causes, or organizations attempting to influence legislation.
- Capital campaigns.
- Trips or tours for individuals and groups.
- Talent and beauty contests.
Award Amount: Award amounts vary.
Application Process: Bank of the West only accepts online applications. Applicants must register their nonprofit organization with CyberGrants. To apply, applicants will need their Tax ID, funding request details, and electronic versions of:
- W-9 form.
- List of board of directors.
- Recent financial statements.
Bank of the West understands that some nonprofit applicants may not have electronic copies of their W-9, board of directors, or recent financial statements. As a one-time courtesy, Bank of the West will e-mail applicants electronic versions of these documents. Applicants should fax the hard copy documents of the required electronic versions to 415-398-3467, along with a cover sheet stating:
- Nonprofit organization.
- Contact name.
- Phone number.
- E-mail address.
- List of faxed documents.
Contact: For more information on Bank of the West's charitable giving, contact the following regional representatives:
Southern California, Central California, and Nevada
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
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