Community Investment Program

We were the first bank in the state of Connecticut to share profits with the community it serves.

Since 1995

The Community Investment Program was adopted July 1995 making Essex Savings Bank the first bank in the State of Connecticut to share profits in this fashion with the communities it serves. Essex Savings Bank donates up to 10% of its after tax net income to nonprofit organizations and community development projects within the Bank’s core marketing area.  Special consideration may be given to organizations whose programs or events help benefit and assist low and moderate income families and individuals.

Choose the option best suited for your organization and submit a request form.

Request an Application

Annual CIP Ballot

The ballot portion of Essex Savings Bank’s CIP program contributes 30% of its pledged after-tax net income each year to non-profit organizations and community development projects in the following eleven towns: Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

Starting in October each year, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations that maintain their headquarters within the eleven towns listed above are eligible to apply. Unfortunately, applications from religious or service (Rotary, Lions, etc.) organizations are not eligible for consideration in the ballot portion of the CIP.

During the month of February, customers (any person having a loan, deposit account, or safe deposit box with Essex Savings Bank) may each complete one ballot form to vote for up to three non-profit organizations.

Voting Begins February 1st!

Branch Funding

Non-profits must submit an application to a branch. Low to moderate income community projects may receive special consideration. Branch funding is eligible to 501(c)3 organizations or related-events within the specific branch’s local area.