OUR GIVING PHILOSOPHY
BancorpSouth’s commitment to community is a large part of who we are, because we know that strong communities sustain our company, our customers and our teammates. We seek to make a difference in the communities we serve by working with our existing and prospective customers fairly and responsibly, by engaging in community activities through supporting economic development and financial education, and by our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Our community engagement strategy offers a comprehensive approach to addressing local challenges through investment, charitable giving and volunteer service. With focus areas within affordable housing, economic development, financial education, neighborhood revitalization, and community service, we create upward mobility for vulnerable Americans within our geographic footprint.
To be eligible to apply for a philanthropic grant that benefits low- to-moderate income populations, the applicant organization must meet one or more of the following program criteria and be located within the BancorpSouth geographic footprint. Please review our CRA public file for more information.
- Affordable Housing | First-time homebuyer programs, HUD certified housing counseling, transitional housing, affordable housing programs
- Economic Development | Small business lending, workforce development, GED programs
- Financial Education | Youth credit and savings training in K- College, elder abuse seminars, small business seminars, youth/adult/LMI homebuyer and home improvement seminars, VITA Tax Sites
- Revitalization and Stabilization of Neighborhoods | Disaster recovery, community facilities, community resilience, home improvement programs
- Community Service | Food banks, soup kitchens, medical assistance, services for the homeless, emergency support
GRANT APPLICATION OVERVIEW
To apply, please submit your application using our online application system. A full list of required documentation is available for download here. You must complete the application in a single session, so please review the Grant Application Overview prior to starting the application process.
TIMELINE AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES
Please allow up to 60 days to receive a response from BancorpSouth. BancorpSouth generally awards only one philanthropic contribution or sponsorship per organization in a calendar year. BancorpSouth does not fund philanthropic grants or sponsorships to individuals, scholarships, capital or endowment campaigns, or membership organizations that provide services mainly to its own members or political organizations, general operating support, or projects not related to our focus areas as outlined above.
BancorpSouth makes sponsorship contributions for community events or projects, such as naming rights or recognition in advertisements, tickets and other promotional materials. To request a sponsorship, please contact your local BancorpSouth representative.
Awarded funds must be utilized for the specified purpose within the designated time frame. To modify the designation of funds requested, please contact BXSgiving@bxs.com. Application Questions: For questions or assistance completing a grant application, please email BXSgiving@bxs.com or contact the CRA Specialist for your region.
It is and shall be the policy of the Bank not to discriminate on the basis of sex, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, age (provided the applicant has the legal capacity to enter into a binding contract), sexual orientation, military status, familial status, or disability.