First County Bank Foundation today announced seven grants totaling $35,000 for innovative programs promoting literacy, health care and nutrition for individuals and families in Greenwich. These grants support the foundation’s commitment to nonprofit organizations that encourage community and
economic development, or assist children and families of lower Fairfield County.
“We believe these causes play a vital role in learning and enriching our communities,” said Katherine Harris, president and COO of First County Bank and vice president of its foundation. “The First County Bank Foundation is proud to support these organizations that have demonstrated leadership, creativity and innovation in helping the people of Greenwich.”
Last year the First County Bank Foundation awarded more than $591,000 to 110 nonprofit organizations throughout lower Fairfield County. Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded a total of 644 individual grants, worth more than $4.6 million.
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.
To be eligible for First County Bank Foundation grants, organizations must have nonprofit tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; be located in Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk or Westport; have community support; address community needs; have measurable outcomes; and demonstrate fiscal and administrative responsibility. Special consideration is given to those agencies or programs benefiting low to moderate income populations.
First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 160 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow it on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank or look for First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.