Your SADD chapter is working hard to make a difference. Wouldn’t it be great to earn some money at the same time? There are always contests available that your chapter can enter and have a chance to win prizes that include thousands of dollars! See below for the possibilities, and remember – your chance of winning is usually a lot better than you think!
MADD Power of You(th) Video Contest – Deadline December 20, 2013
Answer the question “If you didn’t drink alcohol today, what could your tomorrow be?” with a 15-second Instagram video, and you could win $1,500! The school with the most entries submitted will also win $1,500, so encourage fellow students to enter. For more information, visit madd.org/youthvideo.
Act Out Loud Contest – Deadline March 1, 2014
Act Out Loud is back for another year! Commit to hold a safe driving rally at your school in April or May next year, and you’ll receive $300 and a free toolkit stuffed with promotional items. Complete simple tasks along the way, like submitting a poster and t-shirt design, and your chapter can earn up to $1,000 total – just for participating in the contest! Registration is open now at actoutloud.org – make sure to choose SADD in the “National Organization Your Team Represents” field!
Project Yellow Light scholarship contest – Deadline April 1, 2014
Create a 25 or 55 second video convincing your friends not to text and drive and you’ll have a chance at a $5,000 college scholarship and your video will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and distributed to more than 1,600 TV stations nationwide! The contest is open to high school seniors and current college students, with prizes for each. For more information, see projectyellowlight.com.
Besides contests, there are always grants available for your chapter to apply for to help fund your efforts. Usually, these grants require you to hold activities around a particular topic. Here are a couple of good places to research possible grants for your chapter:
National Youth Leadership Council’s Project Ignition
Project Ignition offers your chapter the chance at a $2,000 grant to address teen driver safety through service learning. If your grant proposal is accepted, you’ll get funds to put your plan into action this spring. Do a really great job, and you could be selected as a National Leader School and receive even MORE funding to increase your impact! Click here for more information.
Each year, YSA gives away $1 million in grants to youth groups like SADD chapters who take on service projects. There are a wide variety of grants with deadlines throughout the year, so check back frequently to see what’s new. Enter “SADD” in the “Partner Code” field of the application, and you’ll get a priority review!
Check out Do Something for grants to fund service projects on a variety of topics, or for cool campaigns your chapter can take on, like Teens for Jeans.