SAFE Credit Union Accepting Applications for Economic Development Grants

FOLSOM, Calif. – (Sept. 26, 2022) – For the first time, SAFE Credit Union is inviting its members and the public to determine which two nonprofits will each receive $5,000 grants through SAFE’s grant program.

The credit union will accept applications for this grant cycle from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 2022, from nonprofits serving the Sacramento region with programs focused on economic development and/or economic education.

A committee will determine four finalists, and the voting to determine the final recipients will take place from Dec.1 to Dec. 23, 2022. Votes will be accepted electronically, and details and links to the voting form will be provided on Dec.1 on

SAFE awards $120,000 a year in grants to nonprofits serving people in the Greater Sacramento area with programs supporting education, healthcare, veterans, and financial education. It is part of its overall annual commitment of $400,000 in philanthropic giving. This is the first time SAFE is opening the final portion of the selection process to a community-wide vote.

“We’re hoping this program inspires our members, nonprofits, and everyone in the community to get involved. We’re going to share the word about the finalists and their programs far and wide to get people excited about what they do. We see this as a great way to get our members and the public involved in helping us support programs that improve economic development or provide financial education. Credit union members, especially those who are with SAFE, truly care about their communities. We’re happy to provide a way for them to directly connect with deciding which programs to support.”

SAFE Credit Union Community Impact Manager Amanda Merz

Nonprofits who would like to apply for this grant cycle can email or find more information and a link to download the application at

For more information about SAFE’s grant program or to speak with Amanda Merz, please contact Senior Communications Manager Carole Ferguson at or call (916) 836-6318.