Resource Guide 2024 | Live First Community Grant

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The Tenth Year

The Stenehjem Family has a long tradition of giving back and over our 114 year history, First International Bank & Trust has had the opportunity to make a tremendous impact on our communities through donations and volunteerism. In 2014, we started the Live First Community Giving Campaign to continue our community support with suggestions from our customers. We wanted to hear what organizations were important to them. Giving them the chance to nominate nonprofit organizations and community projects allowed us to make an even deeper impact in the cities and towns across our four states. Every year of the program, the generosity grew. Now, as we announce the tenth anniversary of the Live First Community Giving Campaign, we are excited to announce our biggest grand prize yet – a $20,000 community grant.

2023 Winners, Aspiring Youth Academy

Our New Category System

Important Dates

Each year, we strive to increase the number of nonprofits and community projects applying for our Live First Community Grants. Take a look at the key dates below and reach out to the organizations you volunteer with or support in your community and encourage them to apply. There will be a prize for the top ten FIBT employees who refer the most applicants! More details in the FAQ.


LFCG Kickoff

Boost AnnouncementTime to give nonprofits a heads up!

APRIL 2-16

Applications Open

TIP: Use the pre-made email template to reach out to nonprofits!


External Announcement

This will be the public kickoff on social media. Emails will also be sent to past winners.

APRIL 17-24

Voting on Facebook

TIP: Be sure to share on your personal facebook page!

2024 Winners Announced

Frequently Asked Questions

What are this year’s community grants?

This year, a total of $63,000 will be donated:

• Grand Prize - $20,000

• Rising Star – Up to 6 selected | $3,000 Each

• Social Media Stars – 3 selected | $1,000 Each

• And new this year, we are dividing our applicants into 11 categories based on the type of work they do. One winner will be selected for each category will be selected to win $2,000 each.

What are the different categories for the new Category Winner grants?

Up to one winner from each of our 11 applicant categories will be selected to receive $2,000 each. Categories are chosen by the FIBT Marketing Team based on the organization or project’s main purpose and include:

• Critter Crusaders (organizations that help animals)

• Allies of the Arts and Culture (organizations that focus on arts)

• Wellness Warriors (organizations that promote health and wellbeing)

• Hearts and Minds (organizations that focus on education)

• Hope in Housing (organizations that offer help & support with housing)

• Feeding the Community (organizations that provide food-based services)

• Accessibility Champion (organizations that empower people with disabilities)

• Support & Security (organizations that support at-risk individuals)

• Family-Friendly (organizations that support families)

• Nature League (organizations that support parks and natural spaces)

• Safer Society (organizations that respond to emergencies and keep our communities safe)

How can I help support the campaign?

Do you volunteer for a nonprofit organization or participate in a community project?

Do you know of deserving organizations in your city or town that could use additional funding? Ask them to apply for a Live First Community Grant! If you need help with how to approach them, we have an email template available.

The top ten FIBT employees with the most applicant referrals will win a prize. Just make sure to have the organizations include your name in the “local FIBT contact” section of the application.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in May 2024 via the FIBT Facebook page and FIBT blog.

Where can I find more information?

Visit the Intranet or FIBT blog for more information on the 2024 Live First Community Giving Campaign, including the application link.

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