Do you ever have an idea and think, "This would be great - if only I had the money!" This is where the Pepsi Refresh Everything project can help. In 2010, Pepsi is giving away $1.3 million every month as follows: 2 Grants at the $250,000 level; 10 Grants at the $50,000 level; 10 Grants at the $25,000 level; and 10 Grants at the $5,000 level.
They want to support projects in five separate categories: health, arts & culture, food & shelter, the planet, education, and neighborhoods. Projects vary in size from local, grass-roots efforts to huge, community-wide events.
Each month, submissions will be accepted from the 1st through the 15th, or until 1,000 ideas are received, whichever comes first. Submissions will be reviewed and approved projects will be posted and can then be voted on for the entire month following submission. The public has the opportunity to select the project or projects they feel are most worthy of winning.
The Refresh Everything project is looking for projects that are beneficial, achievable, constructive, and "shovel-ready" (meaning it can be finished within 12 months of funding).
Cherokee County has felt the impact of this great initiative. Nancy and Annalie Nelson submitted an application during the February round of funding and won with their project - "Save the planet, save an animal." Annalie had the great idea of turning old, unused t-shirts into re-usable bags. Each bag used keeps up to 5,000 plastic bags out of our landfills. In addition to saving the planet, Annalie wants to donate all of the earnings from the sale of the bags to area animal shelters. The money raised will be used to support rescued animals.
The Nelson's won $5,000 to see this idea to fruition. They have also received a lot of local and national attention.
The Pepsi Refresh Everything project is designed to support ideas that improve our lives in some way. The ideas can come from individuals or groups, as long as those submitting ideas are legal residents of the United States residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 13 years of age and older.
If you have an idea that you think will impact any one of the five categories, we urge you to visit www.refresheverything.com and submit your plan. You never know, your idea could end up being funded and improve our way of life.