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Emerging Markets Grant

The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation supports efforts to reach underserved communities in Wisconsin that struggle to be served by traditional financial services. In 2019, the Emerging Markets grant was introduced to enable credit unions to implement programs and services to these markets.

Grant Cycle

Applications are accepted September 15 - October 31 annually. Winners are notified by November 15. Applications must be postmarked by the last day of each grant cycle to be considered for funding during that cycle. Applications received after the last day of each cycle will be held for consideration in the next grant cycle. 

Emerging Markets Grant

Eligibility and Project Scopes

The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation Emerging Markets Grants are available to  help credit unions with a variety of programs to support the underserved including but not limited to: 

  • Non-native English speakers
  • LGBTQ population
  • The elderly
  • Single parents
  • Amish population

Examples of potential programs include:

  • Partnering with Inclusiv or Coopera
  • Adding bilingual products/services
  • Defraying costs of partnerships with local non-profit organizations
  • Cost of technology development to reach those markets
  • Developing education opportunities for these groups

Contact

Josh Roberts at (608) 640-4065.




Past Emerging Markets Grant Recipients


2019 - 
Shoreline Credit Union - For identity validation software that will allow Shoreline Credit Union to easily provide online account opening processes that are safe and efficient for the member. By being able to do this, the credit union will provide a solution for its underbanked membership – Hispanic, Hmong, blue collar – that currently are unable to access traditional financial institution services. The software used will allow the credit union to open memberships and loans for members without ever requiring them to step foot in a branch.