• Small business start-up and expansion
• Community development
• Continuing education and teacher support
• Child and elder care
• Health and human services
• Arts and culture
Open to residents of Utah and Idaho, applications are available online at www.smartwomen.zionsbank.com or by calling 1-800-737-6586. Applications are due July 8, 2011. Community peer review panels will select the grant recipients, to be announced at the Zions Bank Smart Women Smart Money Conference on September 28 in Salt Lake City.
Last year’s grant winners included a Family Support Center; a fruit gleaning project that minimizes waste at local orchards; a local chapter of a national initiative to promote math and science among young women and minorities; a water safety video; and jewelry company that supports the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Over the last six years, Zions Bank has awarded more than $130,000 though the Smart Women Grants.
“We developed the Smart Women Grants to help bolster the efforts of everyday heroines who strengthen our communities in so many ways through their various talents,” said Diana George, manager of Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group. “As the Intermountain West’s premiere financial center for women, the Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group created the grants as an extension of our ongoing commitment to empower women in achieving financial independence.”
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.
Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of branches, operating 106 full-service branches throughout Utah. Zions Bank also operates 26 full-service branches in Idaho. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a leader in small business lending and has ranked as the No. 1 lender of U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans in Utah for the past 17consecutive years. Founded in 1873, Zions has been serving the communities of Utah for more than 135 years. Additional information is available at www.zionsbank.com
For more information contact:
Women’s Financial Group
Tel: (801) 844- 7936
ZIONS FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Contact: Heidi Prokop
Public Relations Manager
Tel: (801) 844-7915