State Farm seeking applicants for "Neighborhood Assist" grant

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 13, 2014 

A recent winner of a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant was "The Tool Library" in Bloomington, Ill. The library provides tools at no charge to people in West Bloomington, where houses average 100 years old.

PHOTO COURTESY OF STATE FARM

Between now and March 23, State Farm is seeking applications for a chance to win $25,000 -- one of 40 such grants that will be awarded to improve neighborhoods.

The insurance company's "Neighborhood Assist" program is a "youth-led philanthropic program" that provides an opportunity to receive a grant to help solve a problem.

The program is in its third year. Here's how it works, according to a news release:

People submit causes through the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app. The deadline is March 23. No more than 4,000 submissions will be taken. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review the submissions and pick the top 200 based on a scoring rubric. Those causes will then be announced on April 28.

Then public voting begins. 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 causes then will each receive a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced May 27.

In 2013, according to the release, over 3.4 million votes were cast.

Go to www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist for the app.

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