BALTIMORE - First Fidelity Bank has given $100,000 in grants to eight members of the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Investment, a coalition of 27 organizations founded in 1986 to promote private investment in low- income and moderate-income communities.

The majority of the grants will fund housing counseling services as well as some neighborhood business development.

The Maryland coalition's Tom Chalkley, said First Fidelity is contributing to its campaign "in two very important ways: by providing innovative, affordable mortgage programs, and by making grants to agencies that provide counseling to prospective homeowners."

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