Logo for grant opportunity, Cave Junction, OregonThis program awards $25,00-$100,000 grants for youth community service projects. The program is interesting because the individuals who review grant applications and decide which projects will be funded are 17-20 year old youth on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Meet the board members at this webpage. Click on the portrait of each member to see their resume. If you are a student who would like to be on this board, look at the bottom of this webpage for more information.

Grants are awarded in any one of six categories to include issues of arts and culture, community safety and justice, economic empowerment and financial education, societal health and wellness issues, education and closing the achievement gap, and environmental responsibility. You can find more details on each of these topics on the issues webpage.

You can find more information about the type of projects that are funded and the amount each was awarded by visiting the project archive webpage. Projects include art programs, park development, Champion League Baseball, walking trails, prison inmates helping with training of shelter dogs, pollinator gardens, nutrition programs, an ADA compliant city pool, youth radio, and much more.

If you look at the map of project locations you will note that there have been no awards given anywhere in the state of Oregon. This would be a very good time for Oregon nonprofits to be applying for this grant.

Service-learning projects engage youth in grades K-12 in addressing community issues and problems. Pay close attention to the importance of assuring volunteer projects enhance academic curriculum experience. It would be imperative that nonprofits work closely with schools to assure curriculum is integrated into the project. The program also wants these projects to empower youth and advance their work performance and management skills (put them in leadership positions).  The overall intention of this program is to offer students an interactive, high-quality, educational learning experience.

Grants are awarded to 501c3 nonprofits, public K-12 and charter schools, government organizations, and others. Private schools can participate if they can find a public school who will submit an application on their behalf.

Closing date:April 29, 2016

Grant size: $25,000-$100,000

More info: see application guidelines

Did you know….
A Community Strategic Plan  makes our community more competitive for grants. A new plan is currently being developed and you are encouraged to get your project ideas and concerns incorporated into the plan. A good place to start is by taking the community survey (see link below) and assure your friends do the same. A community meeting to discuss project ideas will be held at the Senior Center in Cave Junction on March 12 (Saturday) beginning at 9:30 and ending at 12:00. Everyone in the community is welcome to participate.

sidebar image for 20-20 community second survey, Cave Junction, southwest OregonGet involved in changing the community’s future.