Grants Program

Proposal Guidelines

The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Affinity Federal Credit Union and our members. Together, we leverage our contributions to make impactful investments in local, grassroots charitable organizations, with a special focus on improving the financial lives of our members, friends and neighbors in the communities we serve. Along with our volunteer efforts, together we are working to “Create Something Better.”

The Affinity Foundation’s mission is to provide our members and our communities with solutions to improve financial wellness, educational programs that enable self-sufficiency, and support that ensures access to essential healthcare services.

The following is a list of eligibility requirements organizations should meet in order to be considered for a grant from the Foundation:

  • Organization must be tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Organization must be based within 20 miles to an Affinity Federal Credit Union branch in New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut.
  • Organization must be in operation for five years or more.
  • Organization must be in good financial standing.
  • Organization is non-discriminatory for any reason, including race, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation and/or national origin.
  • For first time applicants who meet the guidelines, grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000
  • For recurring grant applicants who meet the guidelines, grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000
  • Applying organizations can be chapters of national organizations if:
  • Clients served are within our footprint
  • Funding is not received from the national organization OR the funding that is received from the national organization is intended for specific services

The Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation does not provide financial support to the following:

  • Programs, projects or events that benefit specific individuals.
  • Religious organizations unless the program is a secular community outreach program benefiting the community at large (e.g. homeless shelter, food bank).
  • Political organizations, campaigns or candidates.
  • Parent/Teacher Associations and Organizations.
  • Fraternal Organizations.

Exceptions from these criteria may be made in situations of large-scale crises, such as national disasters.

The quarterly deadlines to apply for a grant are as follows:
Q1: January 1 - March 17, 2021
Q2: March 18 - June 16, 2021
Q3: September 7 - November 12, 2021

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