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State Farm program to offer 40 community grants of $25,000 each
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Do you have an idea that would make your community a better place to live, and would $25,000 be a game-changer? State Farm is here with the assist.
Until March 23, people from the United States and Canada can submit a cause for a chance to win one of 40 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants worth $25,000.
Now in its third year, Neighborhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers people to identify the issues they feel are the most important in their communities. The program then connects them with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity to receive a $25,000 grant.
“People are looking for ways to help their communities,” said Kellie Clapper, State Farm assistant vice president. “Neighborhood Assist empowers individuals to identify problems in their communities and provides funding to help create a positive impact.”
Here’s how it works. Beginning March 3, people are invited to submit causes via the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app. When a maximum of 4,000 cause submissions are received (deadline of March 23), the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review all submissions and identify the top 200 based on a scoring rubric. The top 200 causes will then be announced April 28 and anyone who has the free Facebook app can vote for their favorite causes with up to 10 votes per day until May 16. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will then each receive a $25,000 grant to help address the submitted cause. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced via the Facebook app May 27.
In 2013, more than 3.4 million votes were cast as part of the grant selection process. Those winning grants reached 40 different communities in 27 different United States/ Canadian provinces. The 2013 causes were as diverse as developing workforce training and leadership opportunities for motivated, under-resourced teens to restoring a vacant theatre for use as a film and performing arts center. Winning causes came from large and small communities with the top five vote receiving causes coming from cities with populations less than 275,000.
For more information on State Farm Neighborhood Assist or to submit a cause, get the free Facebook app at www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.