Apply for this $25,000 grant opportunity to help your community

 
 
Updated 5/14/2021 10:34 PM

Neighbors across the country will once again have the opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

The program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood improvement projects. Last year, four Illinois organizations received a $25,000 grant for a total of $100,000.

 

According to a recent State Farm research study, one-quarter of respondents say that they are "extremely" or "very" involved in trying to improve their neighborhood and six-in-ten are trying to improve their neighborhood in some capacity. State Farm Neighborhood Assist can be a catalyst for that change.

Here's how the program works:

Submission phase:

Starts Wednesday, June 2, and ends when 2,000 submissions are reached.

Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com starting June 2. You can prepare now by going to the website and downloading the submission guide. Prepare your answers to the three questions and save your responses in a word processing program. On June 2, copy and paste your answers into the application. Also be prepared with one or two photos that are a good representation of your cause. We will accept the first 2,000 submissions. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow the field to the Top 200 finalists using a scoring rubric.

Voting phase:

Voters will decide which community improvement projects win big. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days, from Aug. 18-27, for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com.

Winners announced:

The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

"State Farm is pleased to bring back Neighborhood Assist for its tenth year," said Rasheed Merritt, assistant vice president at State Farm. "This program is all about building stronger neighborhoods together."

Last year, 145,000 people cast 3.9 million votes in support of their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities. There were four winners in Illinois bringing home to Illinois a total of $100,000.

Since the program began, more than 340 causes have received a total of $9 million to enact change in their communities.

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