RURAL ACCESS

RURAL ACCESS

RURAL ACCESS to FINANCIAL SERVICES

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 

Planning and project grant applications are currently being accepted. If your credit union is interested in getting involved and applying for a grant for your rural-based project, please apply or submit your interest below.

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Rural Access Grants

Rural Access Grants

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 $10,000 or a project grant up to $50,000 to support your efforts.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

All NWCUA credit unions serving rural areas are encouraged to apply. For an overview of the planning and project grants available for the Rural Access to Financial Services program, please see the resource below.

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Interested in Supporting Rural?

Interested in Supporting Rural?

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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Our Stories

Photo: Rural Credit Unions Are Evolving with Help from NWCUF
Rural Credit Unions Are Evolving with Help from NWCUF

The Northwest is constantly changing. Its storied landscapes, diverse communities, and economy never stop evolving. As the financial needs of Northwest residents shift, credit unions continually strive for new innovations that meet those needs. That is especially true in rural areas where remoteness, evolving economies, and sometimes, banks closing branches or leaving, make it challenging for residents seeking financial services. “Rural residents need a financial partner they can trust to help grow their communities, expand economic development, and bridge the earnings gap,” said Dr. Neil Tocher, professor and Chair of the Department of Marketing and Management in the Idaho State…

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