First Financial Foundation supports programs and organizations that enhance and develop the communities in which First Financial Bank does business, in particular low-income communities, focusing on the priorities of neighborhood development, workforce development and education, and culture and the arts.


Funding Priorities

The Foundation is committed to seeking positive change in each community in which the bank operates. To ensure its contributions have a significant and measurable impact, the First Financial Foundation has identified certain priorities for its grant dollars. The Board of Directors will carefully evaluate grant requests with the following priorities and will continuously evaluate the impact of its contributions in alignment with its goals.

Neighborhood Development


The Foundation seeks to support organizations focused on the development of communities and neighborhoods, particularly organizations that create affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income individuals, enhance the areas in which those housing opportunities are created or provide supportive services to help individuals maintain their homes. The Foundation supports organizations that help stabilize communities, eliminate blight and attract and retain businesses and residents within a community.

Examples of organizations that would meet this priority include:

  • Affordable housing initiatives, particularly those focused on vulnerable populations
  • Home-buyer education programs
  • Foreclosure prevention programs
  • Neighborhood revitalization projects
  • Programs that increase home ownership opportunities

Workforce Development and Education


The Foundation seeks to support organizations that develop and implement programs to enhance financial literacy, with an emphasis on educating our youth, first-time home-buyers, economically disadvantaged persons and others who have struggled with financial concepts. First Financial Foundation favors the support of projects with outcomes improving the public’s ability to achieve personal and household financial well-being. In addition, they also seek to support organizations that are a resource and advocate for the values of diversity and inclusion, including those that foster an understanding of diversity and inclusion as a dynamic strategy for success through various initiatives.

Examples of organizations that would meet this priority include:

  • Organizations that build skills in savings, budgeting and expense management
  • Educational programs regarding credit score improvement
  • Connect individuals with the necessary tools to achieve financial goals or provide job skills training and education
  • Improve education or provide training for individuals or support a diverse and inclusive society
  • Provide forums and resources for other organizations to become more inclusive


Culture and the Arts


First Financial Foundation seeks to support community arts and cultural programs that provide economic opportunity and contribute to the vitality and livability of communities. The Foundation intends to invest in arts and cultural organizations that deliver quality, accessible and engaging cultural programming, as well as increasing the diversity of voices reflected in the community.

Examples of organizations that would meet this priority include:

  • Organizations that promote the arts, including music, theatre and more, through education
  • Support the development of current and future artists, performing arts, music, dance, visual arts programs, local art events, arts education and graphic arts programming
  • Promote cultural arts programs for the economic development of communities through arts and cultural industries


Grant Guidelines

First Financial Foundation looks for successful applicants to generally have the following characteristics:


Stable Financial Resources


Community Focused Mission


Strong and Diverse Leadership Teams

Eligible Funding Applicants
  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Applicants must be located in or serving residents of a county located with First Financial Bank’s assessment areas
  • Applicants must be in good standing with First Financial Bank and any grant reporting requirements of the Bank and the Foundation
Not Eligible For Funding
  • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status
  • Organizations/programs that are not aligned with the Foundation’s mission
  • Organizations that are located or benefit residents outside First Financial Bank’s assessment areas
  • Organizations that discriminate or deny service on the basis of race, gender, culture, sexual orientation/identity, religion, age, disability or any other factors that are protected by law
  • Private foundations
  • Requests for political of religious purposes, including lobbying
  • Military organizations
  • Service club activities
  • Sports, athletic events or athletic programs
  • Requests to benefit a specific student or individual (such as trips, banks, choirs, tours and internships)
  • Endowments, capital or building campaigns
  • Funding of travel and related expenses for any organization
  • Sponsorships, fundraisers, telethons, marathons, benefits, galas, golf tournaments or similar events
  • Feasibility studies
  • Animal welfare organizations

Thank you for your interest in a grant from the First Financial Foundation. At this time, our grant campaign for 2020 has completed. We anticipate having our next open-funding period in Q1 or Q2 2021. Please check back then for details. Should you have further questions, or other opportunities to discuss, please click the “Connect with Us” button below. Thank you.

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