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!
Chaffin Luhana Foundation DRAW (DRiver AWareness) Challenge – Deadline January 21, 2015
Do you have an idea for a practical way to reduce distracted driving, either locally or nationally? Submit a video that outlines your concept in 90 seconds or less. Winners receive a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to Utah for an honoree dinner. Click here to learn more and enter.
Drive Smart Teen PSA Contest – Deadline January 30, 2015
Create a 30-second video or radio PSA or a print ad that convinces teens not to drive distracted. There are big scholarship prizes, including $5,000 for the winner! For more information, visit drivesmartnow.com.
Courageous Persuaders Video Contest – Deadline February 12, 2015
High school students are challenged to create a 30-second video PSA targeted to middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking. There’s also a contest to create a 30-second video PSA about texting while driving. More than $21,000 in scholarships will be awarded! For more information, visit courageouspersuaders.com.
Great American NO BULL Challenge – Deadline February 27, 2015
The Great American NO BULL Challenge is back for another year. This contest challenges you to create a video to help end bullying both in person and online. You have a choice of creating a short film of 2-5 minutes, or a shorter PSA of 30-60 seconds. Upload your video by February 27, and then there's a public voting period to pick the top 25 videos to go to the final judging stage. 15 finalists go to Los Angeles for the NO BULL National Educational Conference and Video Awards, where the winners are announced. To learn more and enter, visit nobullchallenge.org.
Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge – Deadline March 16, 2015
High school students are challenged to create a 60-90 second video PSA that highlights the importance of safer teen driving. The grand prize winner receives $15,000 and the chance to produce a PSA with a Discovery film crew! For more information, click here.
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:
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.