Zion’s Bank Accepting “Smart Women” Grant Applications

Zions Bank is accepting applications for its 2015 Smart Women Grants, open to anyone whose proposal promotes the empowerment of women or directly benefits women or low-income and underserved populations in Idaho and Utah.

Six $3,000 micro-grants will be awarded, one in each of the following categories:

  • Small business start-up and expansion
  • Community development
  • Continuing education and teacher support
  • Child and/or elder care
  • Health and human services
  • Arts and culture

Visit www.zionsbank.com/smartwomen or call 1-800-737-6586 for more information or to obtain an application. Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, July 6. Grant recipients will be announced in September.

Applicants need not be clients of Zions Bank nor are they required to be residents of Idaho or Utah. Employees and immediate family members of Zions Bank and its affiliates are not eligible.

“The Smart Women Grants are an extension of our ongoing commitment to empower women in achieving financial independence,” said Lori Chillingworth, Executive Vice President of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division. “Our goal is to bolster the efforts of everyday heroes who strengthen our communities in so many ways by sharing their time and talents.”

Since the program began in 2005, Zions Bank has awarded $199,347 through the Smart Women Grants. Last year’s recipients included a meal program for low-income students; an organization that provides emergency rent assistance; a fair trade, nonprofit organization that supports artisans in rural Idaho and on Tribal reservations; a program targeting eating disorders; a costume and dress sewing business; and a tutoring program for children with learning differences.

Priority consideration for funding will be given to proposals that promote the empowerment of women, emphasize collaboration between women entrepreneurs or non-profit entities supporting women, directly benefit women or low-income and underserved populations, support endeavors that immediately benefit communities in which Zions Bank has a presence and for proposals that provide a sound plan for measuring performance and results.

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