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Service-Learning Grants

Use these guiding documents to help with the application process:

YAB Application Questions (Word) gives you an idea of what the application questions look like. Feel free to download and practice filling out the answers.

Grant Supplemental Information (PDF) provides more perspective on the research that the YAB has done in various issue areas, and what types of approaches the YAB looks for in that particular issue area. 

Grant Budget Template Sample (Excel) provides an actual copy of the budget that the YAB requires with grant submissions.  Feel free to fill out and practice inputting the numbers!  DO NOT WRITE IN THE GRAY BOXES

Budget Overview (PDF) provides an overview of YAB budget guidelines and examples of budgets that the YAB will and will not fund.

Budget Instruction Video (YouTube Link) provides step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the budget sheet associated with the YAB Grant.  The video also outlines some helpful tips as well as the specific items that the YAB cannot fund.

Have a question?  Check out the FAQ page:  Click Here

Key dates to remember:

  • February 29 - applications open

  • April 29, 11:59pm EST - submissions close NO EXCEPTION

  • May 2 through late August - YAB members review all grant applications

  • Early September - winners are notified, and grant funding is received.


2016 Issue Areas

The Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the root cause of the following issue areas. You can also learn more about each area by visiting our Projects page.

Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap

Every 26 seconds, a child drops out of school. By developing innovative strategies for empowering students to care about and take control of their education, our grantees hope to reduce and eliminate this crisis. To learn more about this issue area, please visit our projects area.


Economic Empowerment and Financial Literacy

The need for a greater understanding of finance is clearer than ever in light of the ongoing financial crisis. Equipping students with the skills they need to be successful and informed about their current and future finances is the vision of our financial literacy grantees. To learn more about this issue area, please visit our projects area.



Community Safety and Justice

The issues of community safety have received unprecedented attention in the wake of school shootings such as at Sandy Hook Elementary and Virginia Tech and hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy. As these diverse yet equally exigent disasters unfold, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board recognizes the importance of keeping our communities safe from natural disasters, social issues, and acts of violence.

Health & Wellness

Nutritional imbalances across the country, the high rates of obesity among both children and adults, the increasing prevalence of mental illnesses, and the growing rate of sexual transmitted diseases and sexual assault, demonstrate the significance of health and wellness issues in all communities. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board encourages projects within Health and Wellness that address, focus on threats or challenges to, and promote mental, physical, and sexual health.


Environmental Responsibility

From global climate change and environmental education to wildlife conservation and land preservation, our grantees create and implement powerful service-learning projects that improve both our local and global environment. To learn more about this issue area, please visit our projects area.


Arts and Culture

The arts is multifaceted and an interdisciplinary form of expression,the general perception is that arts is not a necessity. Yet, at schools, where youth spend the most time when away from home, it is crucial for subjects such as art to be taught. If not, art organizations in the community require financing. According to Edutopia, the case for arts sponsors various aspects American parents desire for their children: “academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement and equitable opportunity.” The related impacts to art demonstrates the potential art education can create for youth and the community.


The views expressed by the State Farm® Youth Advisory Board do not necessarily reflect the views of State Farm® Insurance Companies.


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