Friday, February 21, 2014

State Farm® Invites Individuals to Submit Causes to Assist their Neighbourhood

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® Invites Individuals in United States and Canada to Submit Causes to Assist Their Neighbourhood from March 3 through March 23. Forty causes will each receive a $25,000 grant to help complete their project.


Now in its third year, Neighbourhood 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 one of 40 $25,000 grants.

People are invited to submit causes via the free State Farm Neighbourhood Assist Facebook app. When a maximum of 4,000 cause submissions are received 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 on April 28 and anyone who has the free Facebook app can vote for their favourite 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 on May 27.

In 2013, over 3.4 million votes were cast as part of the grant selection process. Those winning grants reached 40 different communities in 27 different US states and 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 5 vote receiving causes coming from cities with populations less than 275,000.
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