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PEOPLE’S UNITED COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS $9,000 TO MAINE’S GENESIS COMMUNITY LOAN FUND

June 24, 2016

As part of an ongoing effort to support the well-being of the communities in which People’s United Bank operates, the People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded a $9,000 grant to Genesis Community Loan Fund of Brunswick.

The Genesis Community Loan Fund is a statewide, non-profit organization and certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that serves as a link between affordable housing resources and economic and social opportunities for underserved people and communities.  The organization has provided a total of over 16,827 hours of professional assistance to more than 230 clients at low or no cost since its founding in 1992.

Funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the Genesis Community Loan Fund Technical Assistance Program, which helps Maine nonprofits build the capacity needed to develop affordable housing and vital community facilities. Assistance includes project plan development, feasibility studies, financial projections, grant writing, and referrals to additional resources and funding sources.

The amount brings the total awarded by People’s United Community Foundation to the organization to more than $45,000 since 2011.

“Genesis provides technical assistance to help solve problems,” said William Floyd, Executive Director of Genesis Fund.  “We assist project sponsors in developing workable financing plans and linking them with progressive financial institutions, public agencies, service providers, and sources of subsidy.  We are pleased to once again have People’s United Community Foundation as a partner in this endeavor.”

“The genesis Fund Technical Assistance Program assists affordable housing organizations in their efforts to grow and succeed,” said Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and President, People’s United Bank, Maine. “We are proud that our support will help provide over 125 hours of professional assistance to nonprofits in the creation, preservation, and improvement of affordable housing in Maine.”

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

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