MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - State Farm Agent, Teri DiGrande, and the entire company will continue its effort to inspire and empower people to turn caring into doing. As part of this platform, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program is back for its eighth year.

Neighborhood Assist aims to help identify key issues faced by citizens throughout the United States. Whether it’s newer, safer playground equipment, a literacy program, or a teen driver safety initiative at your local high school, you or someone you know could be the catalyst for positive change in your community.

The submission phase opens on June 5 on www.neighborhoodassist.com and closes once 2,000 applications are received.  Last year, the 2,000 applications were received in under 24 hours.  Program focuses include: education, safety and community development. Anyone living in the U.S., 18 years old or older, is eligible to apply (individuals, nonprofit organizations, schools, etc.). 

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The application is short and simple.  Here are the three application questions:

  • How much does your cause focus on an unmet need in your community?
  • Why do you feel the $25,000 grant would address the unmet need?
  • How much of a lasting impact on this community would the proposal make?

After the submission phase ends, a State Farm Review Committee will read and narrow down the submissions to 200 finalists. Once identified, the top 200 causes will appear on www.neighborhoodassist.com to be voted on by you and the public. The voting phase is August 14 - 23, with each voter allowed ten votes per day. The 40 causes with the most votes each receive a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced September 25.  If an individual who is not affiliated with an organization wins a grant, a nonprofit will be matched to help run the program. 

Visit www.neighborhoodassist.com for more information, such as how to start preparing for a submission now, get a look at past winners, and more. 

With your support, together we can help foster safer, stronger, better educated communities. 

Do you have questions, call Teri DiGrande, your local State Farm Insurance Agent at 973-285-5558 or visit her at 724 Speedwell Avenue in Morris Plains.