FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (2/6/09)--The Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF) will launch "Make The Difference," a campaign to promote financial education efforts among credit unions and their communities in the state, during National Financial Literacy Month in April. The foundation will use the month-long event as a springboard to encourage Texas credit unions to begin or expand their efforts to provide financial and consumer education to members, local schools and communities (LoneStar Leaguer Feb.5). Tuesday TCUF approved $10,000 for "Make the Difference" grants of up to $500 to credit unions and partner organizations to spur activities. Programs can include credit union-based programs or credit unions' work with local groups such as Junior Achievement, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA, churches and schools. TCUF also is working with Project NEFE Network, a group of about 150 members implementing local financial education programs that offer the National Endowment of Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) training sessions in the state. Last year the foundation and the project's members introduced HSFPP to more than 2,100 individuals and to tens of thousands of Texas high school students. The foundation will track the month's activities, with participants reporting activities to win prizes and receive recognition.