Six South Sound projects are among the finalists for $25,000 grants from State Farm designed to help communities and neighborhoods, the insurance company said Thursday.
Five of the six local projects center on Tacoma initiatives, from the Northeast Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition to a playground at Browns Point Elementary. The sixth addresses the Power Scholars Academy at the South Sound YMCA in Lacey.
Graduate Tacoma, Tacoma Links, and Sound Outreach are the other potential beneficiaries.
The six causes are among nine statewide projects that comprise the 200 finalists. Forty projects will receive grants.
Though a State Farm committee selected the finalists, public voting will select the winners. U.S. residents can vote at neighborhoodassist.com between Aug. 15 and 24; the top vote-getters will be awarded the grants, according to a news release.
State Farm initially received 2,000 submissions for Neighborhood Assist, a “crowd-sourced philanthropic program,” according to the release. The 40 winners will be announced Sept. 25.
“State Farm has a rich history of working with local organizations to help build safer, stronger, and better educated communities across the United States,” Linda Harper, the company’s vice president for operations, said in a statement. “The Neighborhood Assist program inspires people to play an active role in bringing grants directly to their community to meet their local needs.”