Community Reinvestment

Investing in the communities we serve

We put into practice a simple but powerful idea: working together we have the ability to change lives and improve our communities. Through our commitment to community reinvestment in residential housing and other areas, we continue to work with local organizations to touch lives and help redevelop our neighborhoods by extending opportunities to more families and individuals. 


Charitable Giving at FirstMerit

FirstMerit is proud to invest in the communities we serve

For  over 75 years, the FirstMerit Corporation has earned a reputation for strong community involvement and supportive civic leadership. 

We believe that developing relationships with and investing in local nonprofit/charitable organizations and neighborhood anchor institutions builds healthy and vibrant communities.

By identifying and responding to community support initiatives, FirstMerit Corporation partners with community leaders to ensure that local contributions meet local needs. 

The FirstMerit Foundation continues our giving tradition 

The Foundation provides meaningful support to improve communities through:

  • Housing
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Social service
  • Cultural programs

Special emphasis is given to:

  • Programs and projects in which a Foundation award can make a measurable, sustainable difference in the quality of an organization’s work, and/or in the lives of the people they serve

Additional Facts:

  • Over half of the awards in any given year are targeted to serving the needs of low-to-moderate income populations and other supportive community reinvestment programs
  • The Foundation is fully funded by FirstMerit Corporation

Foundation Guidelines & Application