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First National Bank is issuing a request for proposals for its upcoming Community Development grant cycle, focused on programs related to stable housing, neighborhood revitalization and strong local economies, announced Alec Gorynski, vice president, community development and corporate philanthropy.

Programs must be implemented for the benefit of low- or moderate income individuals, families and/or communities within the First National Bank footprint, and must align with one of the following three goal areas:

Stable Housing: Increasing access to safe, affordable and quality housing through construction, site development, housing rehabilitation, homeownership education or foreclosure prevention programs and services.

Neighborhood Revitalization: Stimulating revitalization that attracts or retains individuals and/or businesses to blighted, underserved and distressed communities.

Strong Local Economies: Growing local economies through small business and entrepreneurial development and job creation by supporting training, technical assistance, education and microfinance.

First National Bank will operate two grant cycles in 2019, dedicated to specific focus areas.

The first 2019 grant cycle opened on Jan. 9 and First National Bank will accept applications from eligible nonprofit community organizations for stable housing, neighborhood revitalization and strong local economies until Feb. 10. For more information and to apply, visit: www.fnbo.com/community.

The second 2019 grant cycle will open on June 3 for educated workforce programs, which are dedicated to strengthening individual core competencies that will improve personal economic self-sufficiency, including adult basic education and vocational and employability training.

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