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Community Partner Relief Fund

WesBanco Bank Inc. - Wheeling, West Virginia

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community & Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Medium

WesBanco Bank Inc. was one of the first regional banks to provide support to its customers and communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to special lending programs, the Bank's affiliate, the WesBanco Bank Community Development Corporation, endowed ,000 to fund a grant program for non-profit organizations providing emergency relief to individuals and communities affected by the pandemic. The Community Partner Relief (CPR) Fund provided grants of up to ,000 to eligible organizations serving WesBanco's six-state footprint of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The grants provided funding for vital programs that addressed such needs as food insecurity and shortage, medical personal protection equipment for health clinics and first responders, emergency housing and supplies for homeless individuals and families, educational resources including laptops and Internet access to facilitate remote learning, and other support to non-profits experiencing financial shortfalls due to increased need. The CPR Fund was opened on 03.18.2020 and by 04.04.20, over 235 applications had been received seeking .3MM in grants. Following the evaluation process, 137 organizations were funded. Additionally, WesBanco employees cancelled the Bank's 150th anniversary celebration activities and reallocate those funds to provide an additional ,000 in support to non-profits, for a total commitment of over one-half million dollars in relief.