$100,000 Grant Program FAQs

Who is eligible to submit a proposal for their chance to win a $100,000 grant through the Thank A Million Teachers program?

To be eligible to submit a proposal for a $100,000 grant, entrants: 1) must be a K-12 full-time employed teacher, 2) must have been thanked at thankamillionteachers.com, 3) must be legal residents of the United States, 4) are at least 18 years old, 5) must have submitted a qualified proposal for $2,500 grant in the Thank A Million Teachers contest (click here to submit a qualifying proposal for $2,500 grant), and 6) must submit a qualified proposal in the $100,000 grant competition prior to the July 31 deadline (click here for details on what forms and information are required).

Complete rules can be found by clicking here.

Note: Farmers employees, agents and district managers and their family members are not eligible. See contest rules for additional details.

Must teachers submit a proposal for a $2,500 grant in order to then submit a proposal for a $100,000 grant?

Yes. Submitting a qualifying proposal for a $2,500 grant is one of the important qualifying conditions for being considered in the $100,000 grant contest. The submission process and criteria are different for each of these two grant programs, with the $2,500 grant submission process requiring less supporting materials for consideration.

Also, keep in mind that proposals for the $2,500 grants are being accepted throughout the $100,000 grant proposal submission timeframe.

Can I submit a proposal for a $2,500 at the same time I submit a proposal for the $100,000 grant contest?

Proposals for both grant contests can be submitted at the same time but please be aware that each of the two grant contests are unique and require individual submissions. Submitting a proposal for one of the programs is not the same as submitting for both. Entrants must submit a proposal for a $2,500 grant separate from the submission for a $100,000 grant.

Who do teachers submit their $100,000 grant proposals to?

There are two ways for teachers to submit proposals:

  1. Teachers may submit their proposal electronically be sending all of their completed forms to .
  2. Teachers may also submit via U. S. Mail to:Attention: Dream Big Teacher Challenge
    Farmers Insurance
    4680 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90010Note: Those submitting via U.S. Mail must have their completed submission postmarked by July 31, 2014.

Are private school teachers eligible to submit proposals for the $100,000 grant contest?

Yes, as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Do I need to register with the Adopt A Classroom organization in order to be considered for a $100,000 grant?

Registration with Adopt A Classroom is not required but teachers may find benefit in registering with them to be considered for funding via their network.

What are the key dates to know regarding the $100,000 grant program?

The key dates include the following:

  • Contest announced and launched: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
  • Submission deadline: Completed proposals must be submitted by 11:59:59 p.m. PDT on July 31, 2014
  • Proposals evaluated and scored: All qualified submissions will be evaluated and scored during the month of August 2014
  • Top 15 Finalists announced: The top 15 finalists will be announced and posted on thankamillionteachers.com by October 1, 2014.
  • Voting: Voting for the top 15 finalist proposals will occur from 12:00 a.m. PDT October 1, 2014 through 11:59:59 p.m. PST November 30, 2014.
  • Winners announced: The top five (5) vote-getters in each of five regions of the country will be announced no later than December 10, 2014.

How will the winners be determined?

There will be a two-step process. First, all qualified submissions will be evaluated by a select panel of judges who will review the proposals, assign a score and select the top three proposals in each of five regions, for a total of 15 finalists across the country. Second, the proposals from among the finalists that receive the most online votes at thankamillionteachers.com in their region during October and November will be named the winner for their region. A total of five winners, one from each region, will be selected.

What are the five regions? What region am I in?

The regions can be found in the official contest rules. You can click here to see the official rules.

Can people outside of my region vote for my proposal?

Yes. Votes will be accepted from across the country so we encourage teachers who have submitted proposals to reach out to family, friends and supporters around the country to vote in support of their proposals.

How often can people vote for a proposal? Can people vote for more than one proposal?

The public is invited to vote for more than one proposal at thankamillionteachers.com from October 1 through November 30. People can vote for the same proposal as often as they’d like during the voting period but are limited to only one vote per 24 hour period.

Who will be on the judging panel evaluating the qualifying proposals and trimming them down to the top 15 finalists?

The judging panel will consist of educators, community leaders and Farmers representatives.

What will be the judging criteria in evaluating the proposals?

Details of the judging criteria can be found on the proposal submission forms and will include Comprehensiveness, Timeframe, Creativity/Originality, Impact, Scope and Need.

Do I need to have a Farmers agent, district manager or employee sponsor my proposal?

While we encourage teachers to partner with a local Farmers agent, district manager or employee, it is not a requirement and does not increase your chance of being selected as a finalist.

Who can help me if I have questions about the Thank A Million Teachers program and the $100,000 grant program?

Questions can be submitted to .