Gesa in the Community —
Do you know any local heroes that need funding?
We’re now accepting applications for the 2023 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 our communities.
The funding varies depending on the amount raised the prior year through the Local Heroes co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Cards. Grants are awarded in September.
How do I know who is eligible?
To qualify for a Local Heroes Grant, an organization must provide proof that the requested funds will support Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Educators, or Veterans in our community.
What is required to complete an application?
Grants will not be awarded for the following:
You can inquire about your grant status or request information by contacting [email protected].
Download the Local Heroes Program Grant Guide
Still have questions?
- Healthcare Workers
- Law Enforcement
The Local Heroes Grant Program funds projects and initiatives that support Firefighters, Healthcare Workers, Law Enforcement, Educators, and Veterans. This includes equipment, training, and program support for the local heroes and organizations they work with.
Every time a Gesa member uses their Local Heroes Affinity debit card, we donate to their card’s cause. Funds accumulated are disbursed annually by the Gesa Community Foundation.
The Gesa Community Foundation Board of Directors—comprised of Gesa team members and community members—works together to evaluate each grant request. The Foundation uses the following criteria 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.
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