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Apply for Biz Kid$ Grants Before March 31

What could your credit union do with more money for financial education efforts? What good could you bring to Missouri’s youth? If you’re excited about the possibilities, you’re in luck! The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) recently announced that it’s accepting applications for the Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants through March 31, 2015.

You can download the application form here or by visiting>How We Help>Biz Kid$>Apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant.

“We encourage credit unions to apply for a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant to improve youth financial literacy through the engaging and award-winning Biz Kid$ program,” says Danielle Brown, NCUF’s director of Development & Donor Relations. “This is the third year we are offering grants and so far the results have been amazing.”

Several credit unions in Missouri have received NCUF grants in the past, including Kansas City Credit Union (KCCU). With the help of the grant, KCCU facilitated an event that strengthened the financial and economical educational skills of 60 students and their parents in 2014. Attendees of the event watched the Biz Kid$ videos (a credit union-funded television series) and took part in an applicable lesson plan. This particular event focused on how to earn and save money like a Biz Kid. Read the full story here.   

What the Grants Fund

Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants may be used to fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program. Projects may engage teachers, students, education leaders, local PBS stations, or community stakeholders through events, activities, and/or curriculum distribution. Each project should create innovative and engaging activities incorporating Biz Kid$ materials. Funds may not be used as a cash donation to a third party.

Grants Aligned with Biz Kid$

Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website ( targeting children 9 – 16 years old. NCUF is responsible for the fundraising and outreach of the program, and a coalition of over 300 credit unions and affiliates from across the country have helped exclusively fund Biz Kid$. The number one goal of the Biz Kid$ financial literacy initiative is to teach kids from upper elementary through high school to understand and incorporate the skills they need to successfully manage their financial lives. One goal of the NCUF Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants is to extend the reach of the series beyond broadcast into the community. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include credit unions, CUSOs and any other organizations owned or controlled by credit unions.

Questions about Biz Kid$ or the grant process can be directed to Danielle Brown at 608.556.2406 or via email.