Have you submitted your causes yet? Anyone can submit a cause. You can help 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. Time is running out…You can start today by sending your submissions!

State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook. The application is short and simple. Submit your causes at: www.statefarm.com/NeighborhoodAssist . Check out this short video with additional details and sample prior winners. You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change to your community cause!

The submission phase is open from March 3rd – March 23rd and each Facebook user who downloads the free application can submit up to three causes. Anyone living in the United States or Canada with a Facebook account is eligible to submit a cause. It’s better to submit early - a maximum of 4,000 submissions will be accepted. All you have to do is submit the cause TODAY; you don’t have to “run the program.” The cause must fit into the categories of safety, community development or education.

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 read and narrow down all the submissions to the top 200 finalists. What is the YAB is looking for?

·       How much does your “Cause” focus on an unmet need in this community?

·       Why do you feel the $25,000 would address the unmet need?

·       How much of a lasting impact on this community would the proposal have?

Once the top 200 causes are identified, they will appear on the Facebook application to be voted on by you and your community. The voting stage will last from April 28 – May 16 and each Facebook user gets 10 votes every day. Winners will be announced on May 27.

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