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Campus chapters matching grant

 State Farm® Campus Chapter Matching Grant 2014-2015

Since 2007, State Farm has served as the official corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity International’s Youth Programs. Their sponsorship commitment helps youth throughout the United States become more engaged in their communities, and ultimately helps build more homes for families in need. State Farm is proud to renew this sponsorship through the 2014-2015 school year, continuing to serve as the official corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Programs.

Matching funds
State Farm has provided 16 matching grants for Habitat for Humanity campus chapters for the 2014-2015 school year. The available grants include:

  • Four $10,000 matching grants.
  • Six $5,000 matching grants.
  • Six $2,000 matching grants.

Chapters must raise the amount of the matching grant between May 15, 2014 and May 15, 2015 and donate it to their covenant affiliate for the affiliate to receive the matching funds.

In addition, groups may apply for a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative bonus grant; three bonus grants of $1,000 will be awarded based on the project described. Groups must apply for and receive a matching grant to be eligible for a bonus.

NRI bonus grant funds must be used toward a house rehabilitation, a critical home repair, weatherization, A Brush with Kindness or other NRI-type projects such as beautification projects or a community garden and will be transferred directly to the covenant affiliate. Affilaites do not have to be enrolled in Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative program for chapters to be awarded this bonus grant.

Bonus grants do not have to be matched. For instance, if a group is awarded a $5,000 matching grant and a bonus grant, they would have to raise $5,000 and then will receive $6,000.

Action planning sessions
This grant is designed to help chapters improve their capacity and become better fundraisers, therefore some groups may also receive an action planning session. An action planning session is an in-person, four to six hour meeting with a Habitat for Humanity International Youth Programs staff member that focuses on topics chosen by the group.

Common topics include leadership transition, strategic planning, recruitment, advocacy and fundraising. The session helps your group develop clear goals and plan to become stronger in these areas.

There are limited action planning sessions available. Groups that received one in the 2013-2014 school year will not receive another. Groups must commit to working with HFHI staff to plan the session, provide a space and have at least six group members attend. These sessions will be awarded to groups that show the most promise for growth and increased impact in their community.

Requirements
Chapters who received previous matching grants may apply again; preference will be given to new applicants. Click here to preview application questions.

To be eligible, chapters must have:

  • Turned in the chapter annual report by May 31, 2014.
  • Made a tithe donation by June 30, 2014.
  • Made an affiliate contribution for the 2013-2014 school year by June 30, 2014.
  • Paid $100 dues by Oct. 1, 2014.
  • Re-signed and turned in chapter/affiliate covenant by Oct. 1, 2014.
  • Met all logo and name use standards.

In order to receive the grant, the covenant affiliate must be in good standing with Habitat for Humanity International.

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Ability to fundraise.
  • Involvement in advocacy.
  • Participation in education.
  • Relationship with covenant affiliate.
  • Demonstrated opportunity for growth.

This grant is designed to help chapters improve their capacity and become better fundraisers.

Expectations
If awarded the matching grant, chapters are expected to:

  • Sign a memorandum of understanding, along with covenant affiliate.
  • Raise and donate the matching amount to covenant affiliate by May 15, 2015.
    • A signed letter from the affiliate, on letterhead, indicating this donation must be received by Habitat for Humanity International in order to transfer the funds. Funds will be sent directly to the covenant affiliate.
  • Plan and participate in a recognition event with your State Farm zone office.
  • Complete the grant evaluation

If awarded the $1000 bonus grant, chapters are expected to:

  • Participate in an affiliate sponsored project that meets a community need.
  • Be directly involved in the project.
  • Reflect how funds were used in grant evaluation.
  • Provide any photos, news articles or reflections from youth volunteers or affiliate staff to showcase the project.

Timeline

  • Oct. 1, 2014: Applications due.
  • Phone interviews with select applicants will be completed during the month of October.
  • Award recipients will be notified by Nov. 14, 2014.
  • May 15, 2014: All grant requirements must be met for funds to be received. 

Apply

Contact us at campuschapters@habitat.org or 1-800-HABITAT, ext. 2412 with any questions.