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Credit union accepting nonprofit grant applications

The Champion Newspaper

Delta Community Credit Union, Georgia’s largest credit union, is accepting applications for its 2024 Philanthropic Fund grant program through Aug. 31.

The program will distribute $150,000 among 20 nonprofit organizations that are committed to the health and well-being of young people as well as financial literacy and education programs focused on instruction in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, according to a credit union spokesperson.

The application window closes Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Applications must be submitted via the online portal at

Delta Community Credit Union Vice President of Business and Community Development Jai Rogers said that grant recipients are chosen by Delta Community Credit Union Philanthropic Fund Committee, which is composed of a rotating committee of employees from throughout the organization.

Several DeKalb organizations received grants from the program in 2022, including Kids’ Doc on Wheels Inc. in Clarkston, Emory University, and the Frazer Center.

“We are proud to support Kids Doc on Wheels’ Mobile and Telemedicine Programs, The Frazer Center’s Inclusion Nature Based Early Education program, and Emory University’s Start: ME Accelerator program. These DeKalb County based institutions all provide invaluable services to children and families in the area,” said Rogers. “The recipients … share the same level of commitment when it comes to improving the lives of families through education and health services.”

According to Kids’ Doc-on-Wheels grant consultant Cathi Athaide, the organization accomplished in-person and telehealth visits for at least 750 new patients in the Atlanta area as supported by this grant.

“Students at Title I schools do not traditionally attend pediatric well-visits. The mobile unit visits participating schools to provide annual health visits, including education, chronic disease management, and urgent care needs,” said Athaide.

Emory University used its funding for its Start: ME Accelerator program, according to Start: ME Accelerator program director Erin Igleheart. The program is designed to connect entrepreneurs to resources needed to grow their business.

Igleheart said the grant was used “to offer a tailored five-week legal MasterMind workshop and one-to-one consultation hours to 15 microbusiness owners in historically underserved communities.”

Frazer Center Vice President of Development Tonja Holder added that the grant is providing training for interns in the Inclusion Natured-Based Early Education program geared toward low-income families.

“Providing this level of experience and expertise for our interns is invaluable,” said Holder.

“We always look forward to opening the application process for Delta Community’s Philanthropic Fund as the program is central to our practice of good corporate citizenship,” said Delta Community Credit Union CEO Hank Halter. “Over the years, we have seen the positive impact grant recipients make in the lives of metro Atlanta children and families. We welcome new opportunities to invest in organizations that share our mission and values to improve the communities where we are privileged to serve.”

A news release states that since launching in 2013, the fund has invested more than $1 million between 208 organizations that offer educational opportunities, job and career training, and medical and human services support to people in need.

“We believe companies have a responsibility to act as good corporate citizens in the areas where they are privileged to operate, and our employees take pride in supporting organizations and programs that deliver beneficial services across metro Atlanta,” said Rogers. “We are committed to helping families manage their household finances as well as to improving the physical and financial health of young people in metro Atlanta,” added Rogers.

Delta Community Credit Union has two branch locations in DeKalb, one in Chamblee and one in Decatur. The credit union also awarded several DeKalb students and alumni with scholarships and other awards in 2023 through its scholarship program – which closed its application period in March.

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