MISSOURI — The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant will officially open for submissions next week.

KMZU’s Brian Lock was able to chat with Kevin Gamble, Public Affairs Specialist with Missouri State Farm, said that 40 grants worth $25,000 each will be awarded in 2019.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Friday morning on KMZU.

“This grant program is called Neighborhood Assist and it is designed to support local needs in communities across the country,” Gamble said. “It is a bit of a non-traditional grant program, in that ideas are submitted by the public, and the public gets to choose who receives the grants at the end of the process.”

Anyone who is 18 or older with an idea about how to improve their community is eligible for the grant program. There is a short, three-question form applicants must complete in order to be selected as a finalist.

State Farm officials will accept up to 2,000 grant applications by mid-June. Those 2,000 applications will be narrowed down to 200 finalists, which the public will have the opportunity to vote on beginning in July.

Voting closes mid-August and 40 winners will be announced September 25, 2019.