State Farm: Youth Advisory Board Grant ProgramDeadline: May 1, 2015
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is made up of thirty 17-20 year-old students from across the United States and Canada. Since 2006, the Board has funded more than $28.6 million to unique, youth-led service learning projects. Service learning is a teaching approach integrating service to the community with classroom curriculum through a hands-on approach. Students address community needs while strengthening their academic performance. They also learn civic responsibility and develop meaningful leadership and workplace skills. State Farm focuses its support on school-based service learning for K-12 public schools, teachers, and students. Grantmaking is currently focused on six topic areas:
- Arts and culture: Types of projects supported include music, visual arts, digital media, cultural appreciation, performing arts, art-based therapy, and literary arts.
- Environmental responsibility: All service learning projects that spread awareness and create a plan of action addressing any environmental concern are welcomed. Projects may address, but are not limited to, the following: food security, environmental justice, natural resource conservation, and environmental education.
- Community safety and justice: Focus areas within this issue area are: discrimination, driving safety, crime and justice, teen buying, abuse, and natural disasters.
- Economic empowerment and financial literacy: All types of financial education grants are accepted but there is an emphasis placed on the following topics: career readiness, business skills, financial accountability, and entrepreneurship.
- Access to higher education / closing the achievement gap: Support is provided to projects that address STEM development, mentorship, and college readiness.
- Health and wellness: Support is provided to projects related to nutrition, physical activity, mental health, sexual health and STIs, substance abuse, and other issues related to health and wellness.
Amount: Awards range from $25,000 to $60,000.
Eligibility: All non-profit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) or another tax-exempt portion of the IRS code are eligible for funding to the extent that they collaborate with and engage K-12 public school curriculum and achievement as part of the grant. Additionally, eligible organizations include public K-12 schools and school districts, public charter schools, colleges and universities, and governmental organizations.