Diverse group of people holding a #WeAreLHOME sign and an LHOME sign
Diverse group of people holding a #WeAreLHOME sign and an LHOME sign

there’s strength in partnership

At First Financial, we believe there’s always an opportunity to help others succeed. Whether our teams are offering financial recommendations to our clients or investing in the economic growth and stability of the communities where we live and work.

Providing access to financial independence is a core value we hold true. Our ALIVE strategy supports the financial needs of individuals, families and businesses in the emerging markets we serve.

Providing sponsorships for causes close to our heart

Our sponsorships help subsidize events and programming that support an organization's operating funds or capital projects in one of three areas:

Economic Development

Improving living and working conditions in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods is key to building and maintaining strong communities. Our support goes to nonprofit organizations, small business incubators, and community economic development groups that help stabilize communities, eliminate blight, and attract and retain businesses and residents for the community.


Increasing financial literacy is essential to empowering people to achieve personal and household financial well-being. That’s why we support financial education programs designed for all ages, specifically for the economically disadvantaged.

Neighborhood Development

Preparing for homeownership can be overwhelming. So we dedicate our time, energy, and financial resources to organizations that provide counseling and other services, which can help individuals and communities maintain their housing, offer transitional housing units and programs, and/or offer credit counseling assistance to individuals.

Communities on the grow

Banking center (Gary, IN)

In November 2018, we opened our Gary banking center, which includes a state-of-the-art meeting space. The team hosted a Financial Resource Fair to help the community learn more about topics including budgeting, saving, establishing or re-building credit, avoiding scams, and how to be homebuyer ready. First Financial Bank also presented donations to Sojourner Truth House and Lake Area United Way.

Foundation For Youth (Columbus, IN) – $100,000 scholarship donation

Each year, a significant number of kids want to be a part of Foundation For Youth and its Day at the Club and Summer Camp, but costs prohibit them from doing so. To make higher attendance numbers possible, First Financial Bank presented a $100,000 scholarship donation for local children of families with extended needs. The Foundation For Youth provides programs for kids, teens, and adults that include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbus Youth Camp, Special Events, Health and Fitness, Athletics, Education, and many more. The support that Foundation For Youth receives enables it to provide a safe environment for children to work, play, and grow. Their life-enhancing programs help children succeed in life by building relationships with caring, trained adults.

LHOME (Louisville, KY)

LHOME is a nonprofit community development loan fund investing in under-served housing markets and small businesses, contributing to local economic development and creating thriving communities. First Financial Bank began working with LHOME after entering the Louisville market in 2018 and provided LHOME with its first EQ2, along with in-kind services by printing marketing materials for LHOME’s community outreach.

Proud to give back to the communities we live in

Frequently asked questions

You can connect with us by filling out the form below to contact one of our outreach directors.


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Please email CommunityDevelopment@bankatfirst.com for application questions.

We designate sponsorships to fund events and programming that support an organization’s operating funds or capital projects in Economic Development, Education, and Neighborhood Development.

Yes. Grants are available through the First Financial Foundation, which also has helpful information on funding priorities and grant guidelines.

In accordance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), First Financial Bank is required to maintain and, upon request, make available for public inspection a complete CRA Public File, which includes information about the Bank's banking center and ATM locations, our products and services, regulatory performance evaluations of our record of meeting community credit needs, and other information.

Interested parties can request to review the data provided at any of our banking centers. In addition, if a document hard copy is needed, a request can be made by emailing CommunityDevelopment@bankatfirst.com.

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