DENVER, Oct 2, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Twenty-eight nonprofit organizations in
the Denver area were recently awarded more than $205,000 in grants by the U.S.
Bancorp Foundation. Mark Smith, president of U.S. Bank in Denver, announced the
affordable housing, arts and culture, economic opportunity and education grants.
"Economic stagnation, a sluggish stock market and growing government shortfalls
have created a challenging fund raising environment for nonprofits. During these
tough times we are especially pleased to support our partners who provide such
essential programs and services to the families in our community," said Smith.
To help develop affordable housing for Denver area working families U.S. Bank
awarded operating grants to Brothers Redevelopment, Inc., Colorado Coalition for
the Homeless, Colorado Housing Enterprises, Habitat for Humanity of Metro
Denver, Hope Communities, Inc., Mercy Housing Southwest, Mile High Housing Fund,
Neighborhood Partners, Northeast Denver Housing Center and Southwest
Neighborhood Housing, Inc. To help working families achieve the American dream
of homeownership Colorado Housing Assistance Corp. and Consumer Credit
Counseling Services of Greater Denver, Inc. received support for the
homeownership education and counseling programs. Colorado Affordable Housing
Partnership received a grant to help maintain their web site, a valuable source
of affordable housing information.
Several arts organizations were awarded grants. ArtReach, Inc. received support
for their community events program, Central City Opera House Association for
their interactive school performances, Colorado Symphony Association for the
2004 Martin Luther King Community Concert and the Denver Art Museum for Members
Economic opportunity grants were awarded to Colorado Enterprise Fund and Denver
Small Business Development Center for their small business training and
microlending programs. Neighborhood Resource Center of Colorado received a grant
for their inner city good neighbor project. The Urban League of Metro Denver,
Warren Village, Inc. and the Women's Bean Project received grants to help at
risk families move toward economic self-sufficiency.
Education grants were provided to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver for their
Friday Afternoon Club in partnership with Denver Public Schools, Denver Area
Council of Boy Scouts for their inner city scouting program, Summer Scholars for
their summer literacy program for inner city youth and Young Americans Center
for Financial Education for their International Towne financial literacy
In addition, Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO) received a
grant to support their programs to strengthen nonprofit organizations across
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $195 billion, is the 8th largest
financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates
2,199 banking offices and 4,575 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of
banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services
products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the
Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking
benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S.
Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at
SOURCE: U.S. Bancorp
CONTACT: U.S. Bank Media Relations
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