RURAL ACCESS

RURAL ACCESS

RURAL ACCESS to FINANCIAL SERVICES

Our region has diverse landscapes, ranging from urban metropolises to the rural countryside. The challenges facing urban and rural communities differ greatly, resulting in a range of needs and approaches to financial healthRural communities are rich with opportunities for innovative collaboration and out of the box solutions. When faced with change, they are resilient, finding unique solutions to challenges and utilizing nontraditional resources. With the exodus of bank branches, the rural landscape is a prime environment for credit unions to pilot new products and services to better serve these communities and help them thrive. 

Through the Rural Access to Financial Services Initiative, NWCUF is looking to support the amazing work credit unions are already doing in their rural communities and will serve as a hub for incubating innovative ideas that improve access to financial services options in rural areasWe will partner with credit unions, providing funding and resources, to pilot new solutions to rural challenges and increase financial well-being across all of our Northwest communities. NWCUF will continue to connect with other philanthropic organizations and funders interested in supporting the efforts of credit unions in the Northwest region 

If your credit union is interested in getting involved and applying for a planning grant, please review NWCUF’s Rural Access to Financial Services Initiative Request for Proposal.

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Rural Access Planning Grant

Rural Access Planning Grant

NWCUA member credit unions that are interested in exploring the needs of the rural communities in your membership are welcome to apply for a planning grant of up to $15,000 to support your efforts.

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Interested in Rural Access?

Interested in Rural Access?

If you are interested in learning more about the Rural Access to Financial Services Initiative or if you have a project in mind and would like to know if it qualifies for grant support, please submit your questions here.

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Photo: The Northwest Credit Union Foundation is Seeking Innovative Approaches to Serving the Region’s Rural Communities
The Northwest Credit Union Foundation is Seeking Innovative Approaches to Serving the Region’s Rural Communities

The Northwest is home to hundreds of rural communities, each with their own evolving economies and diverse demographics. When faced with change, they are resilient and innovative. Credit unions serve as community partners, offering the financial services, products, and solutions that best fit their unique needs. To assist with this important work, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation has launched the Rural Access to Financial Services Initiative, which will help credit unions explore their communities’ challenges and assist in developing programs, products, and services aimed at increasing access and affordability to financial services across rural areas. Those programs could focus on…

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