Community first.

A big part of who we are as a credit union is giving back to our community and making it a better place.
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We feel responsible for the wellbeing of the place we call home and the people we live next to.

To us, your wellbeing goes beyond physical, mental or financial factors. It's about OUR wellbeing, together, as Albertans.


Supporting our local community is important because, as Albertans, we’re all a part of something greater than ourselves. Our community gives us a deeper sense of belonging.


Community programs



Investing in our community is an investment in ourselves. Why? Because we’re your neighbours,
our kids go to the same school, we sit alongside you on the bleachers. We share a community -
let’s build on the things that make it great.

Our NeighbourGood grant program is designed to support the communities we live, work, and play in.

Each of our branches across Alberta have local budgets to provide sponsorships or donations between $100 and $2000 to support local non-profits, charities, societies, cooperatives or social-enterprises.

Whether it is a new community program or public event, our teams want to hear about it!

See below to review eligibility and to apply for a NeighbourGood grant today.


ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA FOR GRANT PROGRAMS:

What types of applications are NOT eligible?

    • Advertising

    • Programs with a specific religious focus

    • Political organizations (as per the Political Relationships and Activities Policy, G10)

    • Professional sports teams

    • Individual sports teams

    • National initiatives

    • Individuals or private businesses


What types of expenses are ineligible?

    • Deficit or debt reduction

    • Retroactive expenses




Connect First Credit Union, in partnership with community partners, has developed the Learn and Earn Scholarship Program.

Based on learning from the "Matched Savings Program Toolkit" provided by Credit Union Central of Canada, the goal was to establish a consistent approach to scholarships by developing a matched savings initiative designed as a financial education program to help youth save towards education or job training, and develop financial and savings skills.

Congratulations to Jason S. of Hussar, Zara B. of Calgary, Shaye H. of Cremona, Megan M. of Vulcan, Belle S. of Drumheller, Jaydon B. of Sundre, Tamara B. of Vulcan, Joey P. of Calgary, Cale W. of Vulcan, Ujwal B. of Calgary, Carter M. of Hanna, and Seth K. of Drumheller.


Overview:

This 10-month matched savings program helps grade 12 students learn how to save, plan for their future career, and get enrolled in post-secondary education or trades programs. A total of 12 scholarships will be given out every year.

    • The scholarship program is open to students entering their Grade 12 year in September
    • Students can earn $4 for every $1 saved, up to a total of $110 a month or $2,200



Learn and Earn applications are now closed.
The application deadline was on October 8.

Our partners


The future of Alberta is bright. We’re so proud to partner with these local organizations our neighbours to help build a better Alberta.


Learn more about our partners at the links below.





We're in your neighbourhood


When it comes down to it, local is our greatest strength. Albertans for Albertans, building a more prosperous province for all. Here are some of the places and local events you might have spotted us at.


Community Visit - Momentum

December 2021

Community Visit - Momentum

December 2021

Community Visit - YMCA

December 2021

Community Visit - YMCA

December 2021

Strategy and Innovation Team

December, 2021

Credit Services Team

December, 2021

Coventry Hills Branch Team

December, 2021

IT Services Team

December, 2021

Bassano Branch Team

December, 2021

Credit Services Team

December, 2021

Finance Team

December, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Signal Hill

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Vulcan

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Oakridge

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Nanton

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Macleod Trail

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Beddington

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Olds

Oct, 2021

International Credit Union Day - Didsbury

Oct, 2021

Throughout the year, connectFirst is a force for good. During the holidays, we up our game, becoming a force for miracles. Wishing you the happiest of holidays, Alberta.

Check out this video capturing some of the incredible miracles.

connectFirst acknowledges that we operate throughout Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 territories.

Treaty 7 territory which is the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Treaty 6 territory is the traditional territories of the Cree, Saulteaux, Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, and Nakota Sioux Peoples. connectFirst is dedicated to ensuring the spirit of these treaties is honored and respected.

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