SALT LAKE CITY; May 1, 2014 — Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group is now accepting applications for its 2014 Smart Women Grants. Applications are open to anyone whose proposal promotes the empowerment of women or directly benefits women or low-income and underserved populations in Utah and Idaho.
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 800-737-6586 for more information or to obtain an application. Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, July 7. Community peer review panels will select the grant recipients, to be announced in September.
Applicants need not be clients of Zions Bank nor are they required to be residents of Utah or Idaho. 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 Chantel Chase, vice president and manager of Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group. “Our goal is to bolster the efforts of everyday heroes who strengthen our communities in so many ways by sharing their time and talents.”
Over the last nine years, Zions Bank has awarded more than $180,000 through the Smart Women Grants. Last year’s recipients included an early childhood education program, a store with products made in the USA by women-friendly companies, a support program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, a piano outreach program, a historic farm and a program to support student science fair curriculum and mini-grants.
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.
About Zions Bank
Zions Bank, a division of ZB, N.A., operates 124 full-service financial centers throughout Utah and Idaho. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a leader in small business lending and has consistently ranked as the No. 1 lender of U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans in Utah for the past 22 years and Idaho’s Boise District for the past 14 years. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of the Intermountain West for more than 140 years. Additional information is available at www.zionsbank.com.