Fairground Facelift FAQ

Fairground Facelift | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is Fairground Facelift?

Fairground Facelift is a grant program offered by Grinnell Mutual. It’s our way of supporting your county fairgrounds. We know that the fairground is an important part of your community’s life.

Does your county fairground have a critical repair that needs financing? An improvement project? A dream in the works that needs a push? We’re giving away a total of $7,500 to six county fairgrounds to help their fairground improvement projects come to life.

How do I submit a project to Fairground Facelift?

Visit the Fairground Facelift application link found on Grinnell Mutual’s website, review the rules, and then fill out the submission form. Review your information and click the ‘Submit’ button.

When are Fairground Facelift project submissions due?

The submission period for the 2020 contest is July 7–Aug. 20.

What types of projects can I submit?

Submit a project that would help improve your local fairground. The project must have (or affiliate with) a fairground located in one of the states in which Grinnell Mutual does business: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Please note that state fairgrounds may not be entered. Visit the Official Rules for complete eligibility information.

What makes an effective submission?

The most effective submissions demonstrate a clear need and have supporting facts and information that can convince judges and voters that the project is valuable and viable. Remember that Fairground Facelift grants range from $500 to $3,000. A project where the grant will make a real impact may fare better than a huge capital campaign (e.g. building a new exhibition hall). We want to know that the money will make a difference.

What does Grinnell Mutual look for when reviewing my submission?

The finalists will be chosen based on meeting a need and on the project’s ability to leave a lasting impact on the community. Visit the Official Rules for more information about how entries will be judged.

I keep trying to submit a project, but it won’t go through. Am I doing something wrong?

Double-check to make sure all the fields are filled out properly. All questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required. Please note that some fields on the form have a character limit. If you need assistance, please contact socialmedia@grinnellmutual.com.

How many projects will receive grants?

Six. After the entries are narrowed down to 15 finalists by a Grinnell Mutual panel, the public will vote to determine the winners. The top vote-getter will receive a $3,000 grant. The next two projects with the highest votes will each receive a $1,500 grant. The following three projects will receive $500 grants.

Who decides which fairground projects receive a grant?

You and your friends! Vote for the fairground projects you believe are the best projects for Fairground Facelift. 

How will I know if my project is a finalist?

Once the finalists are determined, they will be notified by email.

What can I do to promote my project if it’s selected as a finalist?

Share your project on your own social media platforms! Invite your friends to vote daily on Grinnell Mutual’s website

Who can submit a project?

Anyone with an email account may submit a fairground project.

May I submit more than one project?

One entry per person, please.

My fairground won a Fairground Facelift grant last year. Can I apply this year?

No. Fairgrounds that have won a grant in the last three years are ineligible.

When does voting start?

Voting begins Tuesday, Sept. 1, noon CT.

When does voting end?

Voting ends Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, 11:59 a.m. CT.

How does voting work?

To vote, visit Fairground Facelift on Grinnell Mutual’s website and click the contest link. To vote, users must select their favorite image and hit continue. Make sure the photo that you wish to vote for has a white check mark over the image. Entry is complete when you have provided your name and email.

How many times can I vote?

You may vote once per 24-hour period.

I still have a question about Fairground Facelift.

Please contact us at socialmedia@grinnellmutual.com.

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