Hager Insurance Agency of La Porte City encourages local community groups to enter a grant contest sponsored by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

Grinnell Mutual seeks submissions for projects that would help improve communities in the Midwest. “Working Together Making It Better” will make grants totaling $3,500 to three non-profit organizations whose projects have positive impact on the community.

“The people who live in our rural marketplace work hard to make their communities a better place,” said Grinnell Mutual Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker.

“They work together volunteering, coaching, and fundraising. Their efforts make their communities better. Working Together Making It Better is Grinnell Mutual’s way of recognizing the work they do.”

People can participate in two ways in “Working Together Making It Better.” First, they can submit projects that would help improve the communities in which they live. Beginning November 12, they can vote on Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page for the project they believe is the best project for “Working Together Making It Better.”

Grinnell Mutual will accept submissions on its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/myGrinnellMutual, through October 31. Projects must have (or affiliate with) a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and be located in one of 12 states in which Grinnell Mutual does business: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

“People living and working in rural areas know what it takes to make a community a better place,” said Baker. “Their votes on Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page will decide which projects will receive grants through ‘Working Together Making It Better.’”

Grinnell Mutual will announce the finalists Tuesday, November 12 and any Facebook fan can vote on project finalists to receive grants. Voting ends Tuesday, November 26. The top three vote-getters will receive $2,000, $1,000, and $500, respectively.