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U.S. Bank awards grants to area nonprofit organizations

CLINTON, Iowa – U.S. Bank awarded more than $21,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Clinton County, Iowa, and Whiteside and Lee counties.

Area recipients were Dixon Family YMCA, Franklin Grove Creek and Preservation Corp., Greater Sterling Development Corp., Dixon Habitat for Humanity, Next Picture Show in Dixon.Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises. Sterling Rock Falls YMCA. United Way of Lee County, United Way of Whiteside County, and YWCA of Clinton County, Iowa.

The grants, made through the U.S. Bank Foundation, support the three core pillars of the Community Possible corporate social responsibility platform the bank introduced last year: Work, Home and Play.

“Work, Home and Play are the building blocks that make our country great: a stable job, a home to call your own and a community connected through the arts, recreation and play,” said Bruce Christensen, bank market president. “We’re proud to help hundreds of organizations strengthen local communities across the country and look forward to continuing to make Community Possible in 2017 and beyond.”

The total also includes grants made to U.S. Bank’s national partners United Way and American Red Cross as well as employee giving match programs. In 2016, $26.2 million in grants were made nationwide.

This year, U.S. Bank will provide grants in the areas of Work, Home and Play through three grant cycles.

According to the news release, work grants support programs and organizations that help small business thrive, people succeed in the workforce, provide pathways to higher education, and gain financial literacy. The application period for Work grants is April 1-May 31. Home grants help connect individuals and families with sustainable housing opportunities. The application period for Home grants July 1-Aug. 31. Play grants invest in community programming that supports access to the arts, arts education, and learning through play for children and adults in low and moderate-income communities. The application period is now through March 15.

“We are focused on being a good corporate citizen and closing the gaps between opportunity and possibility across Work, Home and Play,” Christensen said. “We are excited to make our communities even stronger through our Community Possible platform – one investment at a time.”

Go to usbank.com for more information.

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