Applicants from a nationwide pool can apply for projects they believe can improve their communities. Forty winners will be given $25,000 grants for those improvements.
Last year, the tool library on Bloomington’s west side won a grant after receiving more than 50,000 votes online. This year, state farm is accepting up to 4,000 applications through March 23.
"We were counting on the generosity of our other community partners to let us use their space and their parking lots to do some of our workshops,” said Deborah Halperin, executive director for West Bloomington Revitalization Project, a group that helped start the Tool Library. “But now we can concentrate everything we do at the same address, which is really convenient for our volunteers, and for keeping us organized and that people know where we are."
"And that really spoke to all non-profit organizations within our coverage area here. Anyone can win this grant. It's just so exciting. So, we're really hoping that can have some more local winners,” said Holly Anderson, spokeswoman for State Farm.
Since receiving their grant last year, the Tool Library outgrew its space and moved across the street.
They have 130 members and now have the ability to run workshops on site and will have a work area in the back as well. The Tool Library won't be eligible to apply for a grant again until next year.
Once voting opens up on March 23, supporters can use the free Facebook app to choose their favorites. They may vote up to 10 times per day.
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