State Farm Neighborhood Assist

Posted by on February 21, 2013

Bring $25,000 to your community!

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? Maybe it’s a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community.  Now, YOU have the power to fix it.  State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address unmet needs in your communities.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook.   You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change in your community.

The submission phase is open from February 13– March 6 and each Facebook user who downloads the free application can submit up to three causes.  Anyone living in Canada or the United States with a Facebook account is eligible to submit a cause.  It’s better to submit early – a maximum of 3,000 submissions will be accepted.  The cause must fit into the categories of safety, community development or education.   All you have to do is submit the cause; you don’t have to “run the program.”

After the submission stage ends, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of college and high school students from across the country, will narrow down the submissions to the top 200 finalists.  Here’s what the YAB board will be looking for:

How much does your cause focus on an unmet need in your community?
How would you use the $25,000 to address the unmet need?
How will your project make a lasting impact on your community?
How will you define and measure the success of your project?

Once the top 200 causes are identified, they will appear on the Facebook application to be voted on by you and your community.  Voting will take place from April 4 – 22 and each Facebook user gets 10 votes every day. Winners will be announced on April 29.

The application is short and simple, and is available on the Facebook application @

Deadline is March 6.

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