Help a Local Cause in Rutherford County Win a $25,000 Grant!

Sep 30, 2020 at 09:30 am by WGNS

Murfreesboro, TN – Communities across the United States answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. Now these projects need your help by voting for them to bring money to their communities. From September 23 through October 2, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at to help bring a $25,000 grant to each of the top 40 vote-getters.

Two thousand submissions were received in July through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists, of which 36 states are represented.  Middle Tennessee has five causes in the top 200.

• Smyrna Rotary Club All-Inclusive Playground ("Freedom Playground")

• Best Buddies Friendship & Inclusion

• The Child Advocacy Center Drug Endangered Children Program

• Your Local Imagination Library, a Program of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

• Mental Health & Life Skills Support for Renewed Life Ministries Outreach

The top 200 causes have until Oct. 2 at 11:59pm ET to rally votes and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. Voters can use them all on one cause, or spread them out in any way among multiple causes. On November 4, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

“During these challenging times, State Farm is pleased to offer grant opportunities through Neighborhood Assist,” said Annette Martinez, State Farm Senior Vice President. “It’s part of our commitment to helping build safer, stronger, and better educated communities.”

For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to vote for a cause, go to starting Sept. 23 at 12:00am ET.

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