Neighbors across the country will soon have an opportunity to help change their communities through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program.

The program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects. Anyone can submit a grant. The submission phase opened June 5, and 2,000 submissions will be accepted.

Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The 2,000 submissions will be narrowed down to identify the top 200 submissions. The voting phase will be Aug. 14-23. Voters will decide which community improvement projects win big. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days, for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced on Sept. 25.

Last year, 167,000 people cast 4.5 million votes in support of their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities.

“Neighborhood Assist is another example of how State Farm is successfully turning caring into doing,” said State Farm spokesman Jeff Davis. “From identifying an important cause to rallying our community to vote for it, this program is all about neighbors helping neighbors.”