Village Project Wins $25K Grant from State Farm

Of the more than 4,000 submissions nationwide, Village Project is honored to announce they are one of the top 100 winners of a $25,000 grant from the 2022 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program! This grant is a huge deal for Village Project to sustain the organization and continue providing services to their clients, who have grown in number by 25% in two years.

“We can’t thank our supporters enough,” says Executive Director Meredith LaVecchia. “After we learned we made it to the top 200 organizations, it was up to our amazing supporters to push us into the top 100. Our volunteers, clients, supporters, donors, friends, family – everyone showed up to make sure we crossed the finish line. We are beyond grateful, blessed and are excited to use this funding to continue to provide nourishing meals and serve our communities.”

LaVecchia has now been executive director of Village Project for over a year and is very focused on reengaging the community with Village Project post-covid. This grant will also help support Village Project in expanding their outreach to the surrounding communities. In just 10 days this spring, 88,000 people cast more than 2,000,000 votes to help decide the top 100 winning causes.

“I am so happy for Village Project,” says Bay Village State Farm Agent Brad Larson. “We’ve been long-time supporters of Village Project through programs such as Nourish and I know this grant will really help out our neighbors experiencing cancer.”

State Farm turns 100 years old this year and to celebrate, they increased the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® by a large margin. The program awarded 100 $25,000 grants (vs. 40 grants in previous years) to nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood improvement projects.

Additionally, they doubled the number of cause submissions to 4,000.

Thank you to everyone who voted for Village Project! And thank you to State Farm for this amazing opportunity and congratulations on 100 years of service!

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To learn more about Village Project please visit

(Editor’s note: Village Project serves the communities of Bay Village, Westlake, Rocky River, Avon, and Avon Lake.)

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