Bank of America allocates $300 million of $1 billion equity pledge

Bank of America allocates $300 million of $1 billion equity pledge

As part of a four-year, $1 billion pledge announced in June to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, Bank of America has announced commitments totaling $300 million. 

The commitments include support for initiatives across ninety-one U.S. and global markets in four areas: $25 million for jobs initiatives in Black and Latinx communities, $25 million in support of community outreach and initiatives, $50 million for direct equity investments to minority depository institutions (MDIs), and $200 million in proprietary equity investments in minority entrepreneurs, businesses, and funds.

The $25 million for jobs initiatives will support up-skilling and reskilling programs for African-American and Latinx students through partnerships with eleven community colleges and ten public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). Recipients include North Carolina A&T State UniversityAtlanta Technical CollegeDallas College-El Centro Campus, and Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix. The $25 million in support of community outreach initiatives includes funding to address needs and provide personal protective equipment in underserved and minority communities disproportionately impacted by the public health emergency. And the $50 million for direct equity investments in MDIs — which includes awards of capital to First Independence Corporation in Detroit, Liberty Financial Services, Inc. in New Orleans, and SCCB Financial Corp. (parent company of Optus Bank) in Columbia, South Carolina — will provide support for small business lending, housing creation, neighborhood revitalization, and other banking activities. Details of the $200 million proprietary equity investments will be announced at a later date.

"These initial investments will address access to jobs and support for small businesses by creating more pathways to employment in communities of color and more support for minority entrepreneurs," said Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.

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