State Farm offers $25k grant program for communities

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Staff report

Bill Thompson, agent with State Farm in Sioux Falls and Brandon, announced that State Farm Neighborhood Assist is back for its 10th year in 2021. The past year has been like no other in recent history, and $25,000 could make a big impact at a time when non-profits and the communities they serve need it most. Neighbors across the country now have the opportunity to help change their communities for the better through this program. State Farm Neighborhood Assist will award $1 million in $25,000 increments to 40 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. to help fund neighborhood improvement projects.

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 6-in-10 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 June 2 and ends when 2,000 submissions are reached.

Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com starting June 2. State Farm will accept the first 2,000 submissions so it’s important not to delay. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow the field to the top 200 finalists using a scoring rubric.

Voting Phase: Aug. 18-27

Ultimately, 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 (Aug. 18-27) for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com.

Winners Announced: Sept. 29

The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced Sept. 29 at www.neighborhoodassist.com.

“Grant programs that address community needs, like Neighborhood Assist, are more important than ever,” said Thompson. “This program is all about building stronger neighborhoods together.” 

 

 

 

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