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
Josh Roberts at (608) 640-4065.
Past Emerging Markets Grant Recipients
2021 - Royal Credit Union: The credit union received a grant for $1,500 to assist with bringing financial education programming to justice-involved individuals at three local county jails, Eau Claire County, Dunn County, and Barron County. The program educates participants in how to avoid predatory lending, different ways to pay down debt, understanding credit and more.
2020 - Royal Credit Union - Royal Credit Union received a $1,500 grant to partner with Power of Perception, a local mentorship program for 6th-12th grade African American and biracial students, and provide four incentivized virtual financial education sessions.
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.