Learning Grove and Brighton Center among nonprofits to receive latest First Financial Bank grants

Learning Grove and Brighton Center are among 23 organizations in Greater Cincinnati to have received $ 155,000 in grants from the First Financial Bank and the First Financial Foundation.

The grants are part of First Financial’s annual 2021 grants campaign that benefits more than 60 organizations in its four states, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois, that improve and develop the communities in which the bank operates.

First Financial presented grants to 23 community organizations in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati as part of its 2021 grant campaign. (FFB Photo)

“This campaign is an outstanding example of our intention to be a positive influence and help our customers and communities thrive,” said Archie Brown, President and CEO of First Financial Bank. “Our support for these organizations will enhance our cities and towns and help our neighbors grow and prosper. “

The 2021 annual grant campaign places particular emphasis on low-income communities, with funding priorities in neighborhood development, workforce development and education, as well as culture and communities. arts.

First Financial announced grants for workforce development and education at the Brighton Center; Learning grove; Cincinnati Architectural Foundation; Cornerstone tenant net worth; Easterseals TriState; Young company of OKI partners; By Scholas; Santa Maria Community Services; Saint-Aloysius Orphanage; the bond project; Inspirational studios; and Hope House Rescue Mission.

“Funding for Learning Grove is critical to the continued success of the NKY College & Career Connector services,” said Shannon Starkey-Taylor, CEO of Learning Grove. “This program has effectively bridged the gap between business, industry and schools to create industry-specific talent pools for the benefit of the entire region. “

The 2021 annual grant campaign is one of the bank’s many initiatives to deliver on its strategic intention to integrate into the communities it serves. Earlier this year, First Financial Bank received the highest overall rating from the Federal Reserve Board for its performance under the Community Reinvestment Act in meeting the credit needs of individuals and businesses in its communities. The highest rating comes after a broad assessment of First Financial’s lending, investment and service levels from 2017 to 2020, specifically benefiting clients who meet income criteria or reside in low or low income census tracts. moderate.

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