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Iowa Credit Union Foundation Announces $150,000 Grant Initiative to Increase Financial Inclusion in Iowa

The Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) recently announced a new three-year, $150,000 investment in a grant initiative that will address barriers to financial well-being for minority populations in Iowa. The new “Financial Inclusion Grant Program” follows the recent ICUF statewide report “Economic Realities of Communities of Color”, published earlier this year, that identified challenges faced by Iowa’s most vulnerable communities.


ICUF will work with Iowa credit unions to offer grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations that work to close racial wealth gaps, expand financial inclusion opportunities, and improve the financial well-being of the individuals and communities credit unions serve across the state of Iowa. The grants will target common barriers to financial inclusion, like access to affordable housing, business ownership, childcare, education, employment, healthcare and more. More information will be available soon, and the first grant cycle begins in early 2024.


“After releasing the ‘Economic Realities of Communities of Color’ report earlier this year, we knew we had more work to do to address barriers to financial inclusion in Iowa,” said Ena Babic Barnes, Executive Director of ICUF. “Our team and the Foundation Board are proud to announce this new grant initiative that will help address challenges identified in the report and help more Iowan families access economic opportunities."

Learn more here.



ICUF Benefit Night Fundraiser

September 14, 2023

Coralville, Iowa

This event is ICUF's premier fundraiser of the year, which supports our mission-driven programs and celebrates the philanthropic achievements of Iowa credit union leaders. 

Registration for 2023 has closed. Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!


'People Helping People' Financial Coach Training Program

May 2023

Virtual Program

This online training is an immersive deep dive into the world of financial coaching. What sets this program apart from other financial coach trainings is that our focus is on how to have hard conversations with members. 

Click here to learn about 2023 program graduates.

Be the Light ICUF Golf Classic

June 7, 2023

Brown Deer Golf Club

Coralville, Iowa

This best- shot golf outing is a fantastic way to support ICUF, and network and reconnect with other credit union leaders throughout the state. All proceeds benefit our mission to empower people and communities to achieve financial well-being by championing the credit union philosophy of people helping people. 

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

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