The leadership in action grant is designed to help credit unions implement leadership initiatives within their own institutions. Leadership is a key element linked to success in credit unions as well as most, if not all, other cooperatives. These grants are intended to support all leadership initiatives, but are focused on the creation of strategies, systems, and methods for achieving performance excellence, stimulating innovation, building knowledge and capabilities, and ensuring organizational sustainability.
Leadership initiatives that are values-based and help to encourage the entire workforce to contribute, develop and learn, and/or be innovative and embrace meaningful change, are key to funding these grants. Additionally, elements that underscore ethical behavior, trustworthiness, and personal involvement in planning, communicating, and coaching the workforce are particularly encouraged. Leadership grants are limited to $5,000 per year.