First National Bank has awarded more than $30,000 in community development grants for DeKalb County organizations, according to a news release.
The local donations were part of a total of $956,000 in community development grants to 51 organizations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota, the release said.
The bank will give $10,000 to the DeKalb Behavioral Health Foundation, which provides employment coaching and support at the Ben Gordon Center for individuals with a mental health diagnosis, and $10,000 to the DeKalb County Community Gardens, which gives employment training in agriculture and horticulture for people with special needs. The bank will also give $10,000 to the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for educational programming for youth living in a multifamily housing development.
The community development grants from the bank are meant to support programs focused on educated workforce initiatives that will help strengthen individual core competencies and lead to improving personal economic self-sufficiency. The awarded grants will be the bank's last disbursement of grant funding for the year.