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May 7, 2019

AHEAD Grants Give a Boost to Local Economic Development Initiatives:
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Applications for our 2019 AHEAD Program grants are due June 6.   

AHEAD grants are delivered through the Bank’s member financial institutions to nonprofit organizations in Arizona, California, and Nevada to advance economic development initiatives designed to help lower-income communities thrive by:

  • creating or preserving quality jobs,
  • providing job training and educational programs,
  • delivering needed social services, or
  • supporting nonprofit organizational and capacity-building activities.

Applications submitted by Bank members will be accepted between May 7, 2019, and June 6, 2019. Interested nonprofit organizations are invited to contact us to connect with local Bank members active in the AHEAD Program. We plan to announce this year’s grant recipients in early September.

Since launching the program in 2004, the Bank has awarded over $13 million in AHEAD grants to 460 projects. In 2018, 31 members won AHEAD grants to support 54 local initiatives, including projects and programs aimed at:

  • Incentivizing low-income working families to build savings
  • Training at-risk youth to build websites for local businesses
  • Offering low-income women over 50 job training and placement services
  • Helping tribal organizations identify and remediate health hazards and safety risks in homes
  • Providing technical assistance and access to alternative capital to microbusinesses in rural areas
  • Helping small businesses recover from disasters 

The Bank’s Board of Directors has allocated $1.5 million for AHEAD grants in 2019. Individual grants are expected to range between $20,000 and $50,000 and can be used by nonprofits for a variety of expenses, including studies and project plans and consulting or professional services that further the goals of their project.  

In response to the devastation caused by recent natural disasters throughout the Bank’s district, this year the Bank is also making up to $1 million in additional funding available, through the AHEAD Program, to support certain economic recovery projects located in FEMA-declared disaster areas. Bank members working with local government agencies, tribal associations, or regional nonprofit Economic Development Districts to help communities they serve rebuild and recover are encouraged to learn more about this additional funding by contacting Chris Ferreira at 415-616-2925 or

More information about the AHEAD Program, the application process, and previous award recipients is available on our website. If you have additional questions, contact the Bank’s Community Investment Department at (415) 616-2542 or email