Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Awards $250,000 Through Its Community First Capacity-Building Grant Program

  • August 1, 2018
For Immediate Release

Contact: Erin Stride, 312-552-2735, estride@fhlbc.com 

CHICAGO, August 1, 2018 – The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) is pleased to announce $250,000 was granted through its Community First® Capacity-Building Grant Program to seven nonprofit lenders in Illinois and Wisconsin. Below is a list of award recipients and the member financial institution with whom they partnered in the application process.

Recipient  Member Institution 
Bridge Investment Community Development Corporation       MWABank 
Community Reinvestment Fund, USA Hinsdale Bank & Trust Company 
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Town Bank 
Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Greater Peoria    Heartland Bank and Trust Company
Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Milwaukee Associated Banc Corp 
Regional Business Fund, Inc. AbbyBank 
TRP Lending, LLC BMO Harris Bank, N.A. 

The program is in its second year and is intended to strengthen community development in Illinois and Wisconsin. “Our communities prosper when there is opportunity for all,” said Suzi Thackston, FHLBank Chicago Community Investment Officer. “We are proud to recognize and support seven nonprofit lending institutions that are committed to empowering and investing in diverse and underserved people, places, and businesses. We look forward to seeing the return on our investments in these organizations and on the expansion of resources in the communities of our members.”

Through this unique program, nonprofit lenders will use the funds to support the enhancement of management information systems, market research to expand existing programs, improving lending policies and procedures, and to support professional development of staff and boards of directors. 

Recipients were evaluated based on the organization’s mission, strength, strategy to increase community development lending within Illinois and Wisconsin, diversity of population served, and proposed uses for the grant funds.

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