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!
NOYS Seat Belts Save Challenge – Deadline October 17, 2014
Register your school for this challenge by October 17, and then over the next two months, you’ll conduct an initial seat belt survey to determine usage by your school, work to educate students about the importance of wearing seat belts, and then re-check with another survey to see how much you moved the numbers. Cash prizes are available for schools that increase their usage the most, have the highest usage, and have the most creative educational campaign. For more information, visit seatbeltssave.org.
#drivingskills101 Accelerate to Safety contest – Deadline November 7, 2014
Offered with our friends at partners at The National Road Safety Foundation, this contest challenges you to come up with a 3-5 minute video idea to address speeding by teen drivers. The first step is to submit the application, which includes a questionnaire, by November 7. 10 finalists receive $100 to create a storyboard of their video idea. The winning chapter has their video professionally produced and receives a prize of $2,500! The first 25 chapters to apply will receive a free toolkit packed with fun giveaway items! To learn more, click here.
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.
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.