NCUF Accepting Applications for Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants

Hoping to take your financial education programs for youth to the next level?

Applications are now being accepted for Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants from the National Credit Union Foundation, which hopes credit unions use the funds to teach young people the skills they need to successfully manage their financial lives.

“There is a need to improve the financial literacy skills of the youth in America, and Biz Kid$ is the perfect vehicle to address that need,” says Danielle Brown, director of development & donor relations for the Foundation. “We are looking to fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program, and we encourage credit unions to apply.”

Eligible applicants include credit unions, CUSOs, state credit union associations, state credit union foundations, and any other organizations owned or controlled by credit unions. Applications, which can be found here, must be submitted by March 31.

Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The program includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website (bizkids.com) that targets children 9 – 16 years old.  In its five seasons, the TV show has garnered thirteen Emmy nominations—winning twice—and recently earned the Parent’s Choice Gold Award.

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.

Many credit unions leverage Biz Kid$ to teach financial education in schools in their community. In addition to NCUF’s box sets and starter kits, companion materials and other resources for teachers and parents are available at no cost on the Biz Kid$ website, www.bizkids.com.

For more information about Biz Kid$ or the grant process, contact Danielle Brown at 608.556.2406 or dbrown@ncuf.coop.

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

Posted in Article Post.