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Local Heroes

Now accepting applications for the 2022 Local Heroes Grant program

Applications close July 31st.

Stand with your hero

With every swipe of a Local Heroes co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Card, Gesa members earn funds designated for grants in that card’s Local Heroes category (Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Educators, and Veterans).

The Local Heroes Grants program awards these funds to eligible organizations that support Local Heroes in regions where Gesa is active.

The funding amounts each year are dependent on the number of funds raised the prior year through the Local Heroes co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Cards. Grants are awarded in September.

Given back to our communities in 2022:

$3.8 million

Fire Fighter
Local Hero Teacher

How do I know who is eligible?

To qualify for a Local Heroes Grant, an organization must provide proof that the requested project funds will support a Local Heroes population (Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Educators, and Veterans) in a Gesa community.

What is required to complete an application?

Ineligible Requests
Grants will not be awarded for the following:

You can inquire about your grant status or request information by e-mailing [email protected].

Download the Local Heroes Program Grant Guide

Still have questions?

Gesa Credit Union’s Local Heroes Affinity debit cards recognize Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Teachers, and Veterans.

The Local Heroes Grant program funds projects and initiatives that support Local Heroes populations identified as: Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Educators, and Veterans. This might include equipment, training, or program support for fire departments, healthcare facilities, police departments, schools, and organizations that work with firefighters, healthcare, law enforcement, educators, and veterans.

Every time a Gesa member swipes their Local Heroes Affinity debit card, Gesa Credit Union donates to the fund for that card’s Local Heroes category held at the Gesa Community Foundation. Funds accumulate over the course of a year and are disbursed annually by the Gesa Community Foundation. Total amounts given are dependent on debit card usage, so some Local Heroes categories may have more available funds than others.

The Gesa Community Foundation Board of Directors, made up of Gesa team members and community members, work together to evaluate each grant request. The Gesa Community Foundation uses the following criteria as guidelines for decision-making: connection to a Local Heroes population, financial need, and anticipated impact.

Applications are accepted annually starting in June with decisions finalized by September of each year.

Yes! Eligible organizations can apply annually whether you are awarded funding or not.

You can inquire about your grant status and request information by emailing [email protected].

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Up to 5.00% APY
On select checking accounts!

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Notes & Fees Glossary

*APY* APY = Annual Percentage Yield. Rates, terms, and fees are subject to change. APY is accurate as of the first day of the month – the last dividend declaration date.
SmartPlus Checking*To earn the higher rate, you must:
  1. Enroll in eStatements
  2. Make a monthly direct deposit of over $200
  3. Complete 15 debit card transactions
  4. Provide and maintain a valid email address
  5. Limit one account per member
For any month where the account does not meet the qualification requirements, the account will earn a lower rate. Minimum balance of $5 needed to open.Qualifying account balances meet minimum requirements. APY subject to change monthly. Rate may change after the account is opened. The qualifying period begins with the first day of the calendar month and ends on the last day of the calendar month at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Time. No monthly fees and no minimum balance required to maintain account. Minimum opening deposit of $5. Fees could reduce earnings. Limit of one specialty checking account (Smart Plus Checking) per member.

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