Bank On Northwest Louisiana is a regional initiative to help the unbanked and underbanked residents of Caddo, Bossier, Bienville, Webster, and Claiborne parish to achieve and maintain financial stability.  The purpose is to break down the barriers of banking and create an easier pathway for individuals to enter the financial mainstream.

With the help of our partners, Bank On NWLA offers:


  • Affordable low-to-no cost checking accounts
  • A “second chance” to those who may have messed up their account in the past
  • Resources to credit counseling, homeownership, money management skills and more!

How Do I Get a Checking Account?

  1. Choose a bank or credit union that fits you financial needs. A complete list of participating partners and account details are available at Just click on the Banks and Credit Unions button to find a participating Bank On partner in your area.
  2. Visit your choice of bank or credit union in person to open your starter or second-chance checking account!

How Do I Get Financial Counseling?

 Want to repair or improve your credit score? Do you wish to become a homeowner? We can help you!

  1. Choose a location that is convenient to you! Our partners offer a wide variety of free services. Check out, and click on the Financial Education button to see a list of the programs and service offered at each financial institution.
  2. Schedule an appointment. Call your choice of financial education partner listed contact person to set-up an appointment.

spotlight partners


Spotlight Partners are financial institutions that have certified their accounts with the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and meet the Bank On National Account Standards. This provides more access to safe and affordable accounts across the country!

2023 bank and credit union partners

ANECA Federal Credit Union

B1 Bank

Cadence Bank

Campus Federal Credit Union

Carter Credit Union

First Horizon Bank

Gibsland Bank & Trust

Home Federal Bank

Hancock Whitney

Origin Bank

Pelican State Credit Union

Progressive Bank

Red River Bank

Regions Bank


Training Programs Bank On NWLA Offers

For Employers – Lunch & Learn Program

The Financial Education Lunch & Learn Program is a personal finance training event generally schedule during the lunch hour.  The goal of this program is to assist businesses in lowering their payroll costs, while at the same time, helping the unbanked and underbanked employees reestablish relationships with safe and affordable institutions and become better managers of their personal finances.

For Colleges and Universities – Collegiate Financial Education Program

The Collegiate Financial Education Program is a series of personal finance training events scheduled at times coordinated and convenient for colleges and their students.  The goal of this program is to assist colleges in lowering their student payroll and refunds administrative costs, while at the same time helping the unbanked and underbanked students start of reestablish relationships with safe and affordable financial institutions and become better managers of their personal finances.  With more freshmen entering school with limited financial experience and leaving with more debt than ever, more and more colleges are taking it upon themselves to educate their students on banking basics, saving and budgeting.

For more information on the Bank On NWLA Initiative or to schedule a training program, contact Rashida Dawson, Vice President of Financial Stability, at 318-677-2504 x 135 or