CHESTER'S largest employer plans to share £750,000 with 54 state schools in the city.
All schools within a five-mile radius of MBNA's premises on Chester Business Park are invited to take part in a grant-funding initiative spearheaded by the American banking giant.
The news comes a week after the company submitted a planning application to Chester City Council as part of a bid to double the size of its operation and create 3,000 new jobs.
Teachers from the 54 schools have been invited to the bank's European headquarters on the business park on Monday to gain information.
The company's Excellence in Education Grants Programme aims to help teachers turn ideas into reality.
The programme will fund school projects, enhancing education.
An initial pilot programme launched last year has awarded more than £250,000 to more than 50 projects.
In 1997, the MBNA Foundation began providing school grants and teaching initiatives in the USA and in 2000, the MBNA Europe Foundation created a similar grants programme involving 10 high schools in the Chester area.
Darren O'Hora, MBNA Europe's community relations manager, said: 'We had to overcome some scepticism and show schools that we would deliver as promised. Now the teachers who participated in the pilot are committed, we are in a strong position to launch the full programme.'
Teachers who initially took part in the pilot programme will explain how it benefited students and the process for completing an Excellence in Education grant application form will be explained by MBNA's grants team.
The Excellence in Education programme donated about £240,000 to the 10 Chester schools in the pilot programme.