Introducing Nusenda Foundation's Financial Education Innovator Award

Nominate an Innovator

Financial Education Innovation Award Program

With roots in Education, and a commitment to financial well-being for all, Nusenda Credit Union is excited to provide the Financial Education Innovation Award to some of the best and brightest educators and organizations in the state. Our goal is to elevate educators and programs that prioritize financial capability. These innovators can be from diverse backgrounds, such as community organizations, nonprofits, education, and government sectors.


How to Nominate an Innovator

At Nusenda, we’re working to create stronger communities where members live and work through collaborative partnerships and by investing in innovative solutions to improve education, health, social, and economic outcomes.  One way to increase access is through financial capability. Financial capability is the capacity, based on knowledge, skills, and access, to manage financial resources effectively. Successful programs provide a variety of tools, resources, and fundamental skills development that support program participants in their financial capability journeys. We know we cannot do this alone. Which is why the Financial Education Innovation Award was born!


Award Details

  • Awards announced every year in April
  • Nominations are open from February 1 – February 28
  • Application opens from February 1 – March 10
  • ONE (1) $15,000 Award will be given to an outstanding organizational program
  • FIVE (5) $1,000 Awards will be given to educators for their classroom initiatives

How to Apply

  1. Submit a nomination – these can be self-nominations or a third-party nomination; Nominations are open
  2. Review eligibility guidelines
  3. Email questions to [email protected]
  4. Awards are announced in April each year.

Community Organization Programs (Eligible for $15,000) 

  • Focus on financial well-being
  • Must be established with documented community impact
  • Financial well-being is aligned to part of an organization’s mission or strategic goal 
  • Innovative, creative, or strategically designed to support underserved populations
  • See FAQ for more details about eligibility  

Individual Classrooms (Eligible for up to $1,000)

  • K-12 and higher education classroom teachers ONLY 
  • Focus on financial well-being
  • Must be established with documented student/family impact 
  • Financial well-being is integrated into instruction and/or aligned to New Mexico Social Studies Personal Financial Literacy standards 
  • Innovative, creative, or strategically designed to support students and families
  • See FAQ for more details about eligibility  

FAQ

Who can apply for the Financial Education Innovation Award?
Who can nominate for a Financial Education Innovation Award?
What types of programs will be considered for the Financial Education Innovation Award?
What types of educators will be considered for Classroom Instruction Awards?
How often are awards made?
Can schools apply for community organization awards?
If I apply for a Financial Education Innovator Award and do not receive one, can I apply again in the next cycle?
Who should I contact if I have a technical problem with my grant application?
Who should I contact if I have a question about my nomination or status of my application?
Glossary of Terms

Nominations are open!


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