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State Farm invites public to submit causes to assist their neighborhood .

Does anyone have an idea that would make the community a better place to live, and would $25,000 be a game-changer? State Farm’s North Little Rock Office wants to assist.

Through March 23, people from the United States and Canada can submit a cause for a chance to win one of 40 $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants.

Now in its third year, Neighborhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers people to identify the issues they feel are the most important in their communities. The program then connects them with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity to receive one of 40 $25,000 grants.

“People are looking for ways to help their communities,” said State Farm regional spokesperson, Gary Stephenson. “Neighborhood Assist empowers individuals to identify problems in their communities and provides funding to help create a positive impact.”

People are invited to submit causes via the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app. When a maximum of 4,000 cause submissions are received on the March 23 deadline, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review all submissions and identify the top 200 based on a scoring rubric.

The top 200 causes will then be announced on April 28 and 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 vote-receiving causes will then each receive a $25,000 grant to help address the submitted cause. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced via the Facebook app on May 27.

In 2013, over 3.4 million votes were cast as part of the grant selection process. Those winning grants reached 40 different communities in 27 different US states/Canadian provinces. The 2013 causes were as diverse as developing workforce training and leadership opportunities for motivated, under-resourced teens to restoring a vacant theatre for use as a film and performing arts center. Winning causes came from large and small communities with the top 5 vote receiving causes coming from cities with populations less than 275,000.

For more information on State Farm Neighborhood Assist or to submit a cause, get the free Facebook app atwww.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.

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