State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Application

State Farm Neighborhood Assist
grant program

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is back to help good neighbors across the U.S. take an active role in improving their communities. State Farm will once again be awarding $25,000 grants in support of 40 causes. Now’s your chance to make a real difference in your neighborhood.

Download the short guide to help you start thinking about how you would use a $25,000 grant to fund a neighborhood project involved in Education, Safety or Community Development.
Then, starting June 5, 2019, you can officially submit your cause at

State Farm will accept 2,000 applications, and narrow it down to 200 finalists. Then a public vote will decide which 40 community causes win the $25,000 grants.

Spots fill up fast, but if you use the guide and get prepared now you won’t miss out!

Who is Crozet?

The Downtown Crozet Initiative is planning two events to try to answer Who is Crozet?
Below is a message from them:

As Crozet evolves, it is important to communicate a clear and distinct identity that celebrates the unique characteristics and future goals of the community. Who is Crozet? What do we want it to become?
Those are two important questions we plan to tackle in the coming months. And, we’re asking for the community’s help.

The redevelopment of downtown Crozet is moving forward. Final designs for the plaza and Phase 1 are expected to be approved by the end of this year. If this occurs, groundbreaking for the new plaza will take place in early 2020. To ensure that downtown Crozet develops in a way that preserves the assets that make it so special, we’ve hired local firm Hive Creative Group to help us define Crozet’s identity. Together, we hope to develop a strategy that acknowledges Crozet’s roots, celebrates the current community, and determines a vision for the future. This is an important step; if we don’t define who Crozet is, outsiders are going to do it for us. No one understands Crozet better than the people who live here, so we’re hoping for community support and participation!

Hive Creative Group plans to host two community brainstorm sessions as part of the first phase of this branding process. The two sessions will cover the same topics of discussion. They will be held at Restoration in the large event room. The session dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, May 21, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Sorry, this time has passed)

Thursday, May 23, from 11 AM – 1 PM

Please click the date above to RSVP (required for planning purposes).

We’re excited to get started on this process and hope we can all work together to benefit the future of Crozet!

Crozet Independence Day Celebration 2019

Crozet Independence Day Celebration banner
The Ninth Annual Crozet Independence Day Parade, Celebration, and Fireworks,  Saturday, June 29, 2019

Again this year, BOTH LANES of Park Road, High Street, and Tabor Street will be one-way out from Claudius Crozet Park to Crozet Avenue after the fireworks (from about 10 to 10:30 PM).   See the map below for details.  Please note these traffic disruptions as you make your plans for the evening of Saturday, June 29.

It all starts with the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) parade at 5:00 PM at Crozet Elementary School and goes down Crozet Avenue through downtown Crozet to Claudius Crozet Park.  The Parade Grand Marshal is Phil James.

If you would like to be a part of the 2019 Crozet Firemen’s parade, please submit your entry to be in the parade  to ensure you are included in the lineup. Lineup will be based on a first come basis. Horses/livestock will be placed near or at the end of the parade. Lineup will begin at 4:00 P.M. at Crozet Elementary School and the parade ends at Claudius Crozet Park.   Awards will be presented around 7:30 P.M.

The celebration begins at Claudius Crozet Park after the parade, where there will be live music by local band Jacabone.    Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you listen to the local band, Jacabone.     Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available,  hot dogs,  popcorn, funnel cake, savory and sweet waffles, pies, and sno-cones, as well as vegetarian and vegan choices, tacos, and other favorites!  Starr Hill, and  Pro Re Nata Beer and Bold Rock Cider will also be available for a separate cost.  Event culminates at 9:30 PM with a stupendous fireworks show. (We have it at 9:30 PM so it’s late enough to be dark, but not too late to for the youngsters to view the show.)

There are no pets allowed in the event and we’ll provide designated smoking areas and ask that you only smoke in those areas.  If you live nearby Crozet Park, we encourage you to walk!

How much would you pay for such good times?  All that’s asked is a donation of $4 per person (and suggested donation for children 12 and under of $2 for the child amusements) as you enter the festivities (parking is free).  The non-profit civic groups in Crozet are the ones that benefit from any money raised above the cost of the event, so please be generous. Each of the past two years, we’ve donated over $7,000 to CVFD, WARS, Crozet Park, and other civic groups.

Check out our Facebook page at:

Download a copy of our flyer by clicking here.

The event is sponsored by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet Lions Club,  Life Journey Church, Crozet Board of Trade, and several other area churches, and citizen volunteers.

Making a Contribution

These events involve a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals, but they can’t happen without financial contributions, too. We want everyone to enjoy our small-town event, so we only ask for donations at the entrance – A donation of $4 per person (and $2 donation for children 12 and under for the child amusements) as you enter the festivities (parking is free).   Of course, we appreciate all donations, but to boost our efforts to cover expenses, we have three leadership donor levels and we are hoping that you will show your support by becoming a lead patron this year.

  • For a gift of $500 or more, we will prominently display your company banner you provide at the entrance to the park during the event, identify your patron status in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and provide you with ten passes to the celebration in the park.
  • For a gift of $250 to $499, you will receive acknowledgment in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and four passes to the celebration in the park.
  • And, for a gift of $100 to $249 you will receive two passes to the celebration in the park, published thanks in the Crozet Gazette and the event handbill.

June 29th will be here before you know it.  Won’t you join us by contributing whatever you can afford?  If being a lead patron is too much this year, please send whatever you can afford.   Your contribution is tax-deductible charitable donation. Last year, thanks to generous donations, we donated over $7,000 to multiple local charities- including the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, Crozet Trails Crew, and Claudius Crozet Park.  Thank you!

Please make your donation by Friday, June 21 in order to be listed on the event  handbill. 

  1. You can mail a check payable to: Crozet Board of Trade and send it to: CBT, P.O. Box 261, Crozet, VA 22932.  Please put  “CIDC donation” on the memo line.
  2. You can contribute right now, online, by clicking on this link:  Donate to CIDC through Network for Good
  3. Please put “CIDC donation” in the Designation box.
  4. Thank you for your generous support!

It takes a village – won’t you help out on Saturday, June 29 for an hour?

We need your help for just an hour or two on Saturday, June 29.  Below is the website to sign-up to help with the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC)  Saturday, June 29, between 5PM to 10PM. There are a variety of tasks and time slots. Most of the time slots are only an hour – so there’s lots of ways to help and still enjoy the event.

To volunteer for an hour, please click here.

When you sign-up it will ask for your name, email and, optionally phone number.  No one else can see your email and phone.  We promise we won’t share it.  It’s helpful for us to have it if something happens and we need to let you know about a last minute change.

We urge church groups, civic and neighborhood associations to sign-up.  Crozet Trails Crew already has volunteered to staff one spot the whole evening!  Let’s see which group can have the most volunteers!

With your help, we can make this Crozet Independence Day celebration the best ever!

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Saturday, June 29 from 10 to 10:30 PM
(after the fireworks show),
BOTH LANES of Park Road, High Street, and Tabor Street will be ONE_WAY from Claudius Crozet Park to Crozet Avenue.

The usual right travel lane of Tabor Street must turn RIGHT onto Crozet Avenue.
The left lane (“wrong” side of the road) of Tabor Street must turn LEFT onto Crozet Avenue.

If you live between Crozet Park and Crozet Avenue, you can only exit to Crozet Avenue during this period, not go toward or past Crozet Park.

Map of the one-way exit from Crozet Park after the Independence Day Fireworks

Map of the one-way exit from Crozet Park after the Independence Day Fireworks

Albemarle County Police officers will be directing traffic at the Crozet Avenue/ Tabor Street intersection.

Thank you for your help in making our small-town tradition a success!

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Map for the Crozet Independence Day Celebration at Crozet Park June 29, 2019

Program for the Crozet Independence Day Celebration at Crozet Park June 29, 2019

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Program for the Crozet Independence Day Celebration at Crozet Park June 29, 2019

Program for the Crozet Independence Day Celebration at Crozet Park June 29, 2019

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Donors to the Crozet Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at Crozet Park June 29, 2019

Donors to the Crozet Independence Day Fireworks and Celebration at Crozet Park June 29, 2019

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CCAC Meeting Agenda 8 May 2019

Wednesday, May 8 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM

Click here for PDF (printable) version of the agenda.


1.  Introductions and Agenda Review. (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair)

2.  Approval of Minutes (Draft minutes of the April meeting)

3. JAUNT Crozet Connect express shuttle service update (Brian Cohen, JAUNT Public Relations Manager – 15 min)

4.  Crozet Master Plan Content Review and Update Topics: Land Use (Andrew Knuppel – 45 min)

5.  CCAC Member Discussion: Eastern Avenue, VDOT Bridge Resolution (All – 30 min)

6.  Items Not Listed on the Agenda

7.  Announcements

8.  Future Agenda Items:

  • Rivanna Authorities – Crozet Area Update (Bill Mawyer, RWSA – June)
  • Master Plan Content Review and Update Topics (Monthly through July)

Note: CCAC now meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

The CCAC’s role and “charter” doc’s are found here:
General CCAC info
CCAC Overview & Duties:

CCA Meeting Agenda May 9, 2019

Crozet Community Association Meeting Agenda
May 9, 2019
7:30 PM at the Field School

(Click here for PDF version of the agenda)

Agenda Review / Changes and additions from the floor.
Approval of the CCA’s last meeting’s minutes (March 14, 2019) (Click here for PDF version of the minutes)
Treasurer’s Report  (2019 Dues: $10 annual contribution)
Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) may visit and give an update.
(Evening Patrol Division)

A Moment in Crozet History – Phil James (Secrets of the Blue Ridge author)

Update and News from Ann Mallek, our county supervisor

Presentation:  JAUNT Crozet Connect express shuttle service update, including preliminary/tentative routes and stops.  (Brian Cohen, JAUNT Public Relations Manager)

Presentation: Crozet Master Plan update process (Andrew Knuppel, Albemarle County Neighborhood Planner)

Old Business:

New Business:

  • Good neighbor award nominations. 
  • Volunteers to help with Crozet Independence Day Celebration to be held Saturday, June 29. 
 Can be fundraiser for civic groups, for example, helping at the admission gate.

Announcements –   

  • The Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend needs volunteers. Please sign-up to help at You get free admission to the Festival just for donating your time!
  • Crozet Artisans’ Second Saturday, May 11. Join local artisans each Second Saturday for art events that explore, teach, demonstrate, introduce, inspire, and celebrate the wonder of art and the bounty of talented artists in our region.  Details by clicking here.
  • The last of Spring Bulky Waste Amnesty Days:  Appliances – May 11; Tires – May 18.  8:30 AM to 4PM both days. Ivy Material Utilization Center (Details: household-hazardous-waste-and-bulky-waste-amnesty-days-spring-2019/
  • Thursday, May 30: Veterans Benefits Open House at the Earlysville Fire House. 7 – 9 pm. All veterans, active duty service men and women and their families are invited to meet veteran services organizations who care for veterans. Reps will provide information about their services. Mission BBQ will provide food. For more info contact Michael Reichard at 757.753.7810
  • Crozet Community Orchestra Concert, Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM at the Crozet Baptist Church.  Details at:
  • Charlottesville Municipal Band, Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM.  The 97th  Summer Season Concert #1 at Claudius Crozet Park.  FREE!  Details at:
  • State Farm Neighborhood Assist® helps even the smallest of causes make a big impact in their communities. The program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in Education, Safety, and Community Development. It accepts 2,000 submissions starting June 5th . Details:
  • Crozet Car Show, Saturday June 8, starting at 9:00 AM at the Claudius Crozet Park!  Details at:

The next CCA meeting is September 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Field School
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