The Massachusetts Division of Banks, in partnership with the State Treasurer\u2019s Office, is accepting applications for the Financial Education Innovation Fund to support high school Credit for Life Fairs for the 2017 \u2013 2018 academic year. Schools must submit a completed application to the Office of the State Treasurer by November 22, 2017 to be considered for awards of up to $5,000. Award recipients will be notified in January. \n\nMassachusetts public and charter high schools and Chapter 766 Special Education Schools are eligible to apply for the Innovation Fund Award. Funding for joint Credit for Life Fairs, including more than one school, may qualify for funding in excess of $5,000.\n\nSince its inception in 2015, the grants have been funded through a Division of Banks\u2019 settlement over alleged unlawful lending practices. This is the fifth installment of the Innovation Fund program; previous awards have been granted to more than 80 high schools across the Commonwealth. \n\nCredit for Life Fairs are designed to be an innovative way for students to learn about making real world decisions when it comes to saving, spending, and budgeting their money based on a range of career choices and lifestyle decisions.\n\nThe application for the Innovation Fund initiative is available on the State Treasurer\u2019s Office of Economic Empowerment website at www.mass.gov/treasury/innovationfund.\n\n\u00a0\n\nAbout the Division of Banks\n\nThe Division of Banks is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation which oversees state-chartered banks and credit unions, check sellers, debt collectors, foreign transmittal agencies, mortgage lenders and brokers. For more information visit the Division\u2019s website at http://www.mass.gov/dob or contact the Division of Bank\u2019s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-495-BANK (2265).