First County Bank Foundation

First County Bank Foundation Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The First County Bank Foundation announced the availability of its 2012 grant applications for nonprofit agencies in lower Fairfield County. The deadline for submitting standard grant applications is March 31, 2012.

Last year the First County Bank Foundation awarded more than $591,000 to 108 nonprofit organizations throughout lower Fairfield County. Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded a total of 544 individual grants, worth more than $4.6 million.

To be eligible, all applicants must have nonprofit tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve the communities of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport. Grant application forms are available on the Web site:

“We always look forward to announcing the availability of foundation grant applications,” First County Bank Foundation Vice President Katherine Harris said. “One of the most rewarding parts of my position here at First County Bank is evaluating applicants and awarding appropriate grants that we know will be put to good use by our nonprofit partners.”

“In response to economic times and significant need for financial help, the First County Bank Foundation is on a mission to find new nonprofits to benefit from our grant program,” Rey Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation, said. “Through the dedication and charitable nature of First County Bank’s directors, corporators, officers and employees, the bank strives to make a difference in the communities it serves. This is accomplished by helping to ensure that local charitable needs continue to be met.”

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, the First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

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