GROW Your Community Award Program


April is designated Community Banking Month, and PACB is excited to use this national celebration to communicate the important role that community banks play supporting the hometowns and neighborhoods of the Commonwealth. Locally owned and operated financial institutions are the economic engines powering every corner of PA and we would like you to allow us to honor your stories of community success.

Community Bankers should be proud. You make dreams come true by providing funding for small business owners, farmers, neighbors and friends and by generously donating resources, volunteer time and sponsorships to non-profit organizations that provide vital services to people throughout Pennsylvania.

PACB is committed to expanding the visibility and voice of community bank involvement by highlighting your importance to the ongoing success of Pennsylvania’s communities. As a part of this effort, we are asking and encouraging every member to provide an entry(ies) in the 2017 Grow Your Community Awards program.

The Grow Your Community Awards program is designed to honor those banks that are purposefully committed to impacting communities in significant ways. Provide an entry that truly illustrates a verbal and visual account of the bank’s involvement…a moving synopsis of the great things that you do to help grow your community. The entry(ies) may include stories about community redevelopment, housing-related activities, community entertainment and culture, sponsorships and projects benefiting groups in need; such as seniors, at risk children, veterans, and the physically and mentally challenged.

Final Grow Your Community Awards will be issued based on the entry(ies) IMPACT to the community: Implementing Meaningful Projects & Activities to help build stronger Communities for Tomorrow.

The banks selected as Grow Your Community Award winners will be honored as part of the annual meeting of the PACB during its Convention, September 22 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, ID and featured in Transactions Magazine. Every bank will be highlighted on and celebrated for their invaluable service to the communities of the Commonwealth.

We look forward to hearing from you. Community Banks are the lifeblood of small business and local financial and economic stability and we are proud to serve you. #banklocally #communitybanking

Last year PACB awarded 21 community banks for their commitment to giving back. These awards are presented in three categories – the President’s Award, the Community Leadership Award, and the Grow Your Community Award. If you would like to take a look at the 2016 award-winning entries, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.

Community banking month is a great time to let your community banking light shine! This year, we hope that you will join the effort to promote community banking. We encourage you to host that award-winning event and to perform that award-winning service project – and then share it with us by entering the 2017 GROW Your Community Award Program.

More information can be found below, and as always we are here to assist with ideas and support!

2017 Grow Your Community Awards

Award Program Information

Communities throughout Pennsylvania are becoming stronger!

Communities are growing and thriving because community banks care. In a time when our friends and neighbors are struggling, PACB member banks have stepped up to support local charities and community events.

Whether it is a monetary donation, volunteer time, sponsorships, or special seminars that educate and promote economic growth, it is your service and commitment that makes your community a better place to live and work. Community bank involvement keeps customers faithful, and your sincerity keeps others hopeful.

PACB holds banks that go above and beyond to ‘grow their community’ in the highest standing, and recognizes those members whose involvement in Pennsylvania’s towns exceed normal business practices.

The Grow Your Community Awards program is designed to honor PACB members who impact their communities in meaningful ways.

Please take a moment to tell us about the great things that you do to help “Grow Your Community.” Possible entries might include, but are certainly not limited to: community redevelopment, housing-related activities, community entertainment, financial support or sponsorship, and projects benefiting special interest groups such as seniors, children, physically/mentally challenged, etc.

To enter, please complete the attached entry form, including a description of the activity in which your bank participated. Entries must also include photos and/or press coverage of your activity/event so that we can visualize the impact. Please return all materials to PACB no later than Friday, June 2, 2017.

Entries will be judged on the IMPACT their service or donation has had on the community.

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Winning banks will be recognized in front of their peers at PACB’s Annual Convention in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho this September. In addition, each winning community bank will receive an award that can be proudly displayed at the home office, and will be officially recognized in an upcoming issue of Transactions.


Grow Your Community Award Program Brochure & Entry Form

Please CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the Grow Your Community Award Program Brochure & Entry Form.


If you have any questions about the Grow Your Community Awards or need additional information, please contact Eric Kovac at or (717) 231-7447.