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Tom's of Maine launches "50 States for Good"

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) -- Tom's of Maine is soliciting nominations for its fifth annual "50 States for Good" initiative.

Beginning Tuesday, the Kennebunk-based natural personal care products company will allow people to nominate nonprofit organizations for a chance to share in $150,000 in funding.

The program aims to fund grassroots community projects, with previous winners getting grants for initiatives such as sustainable nature trails, community playgrounds and shelter for the homeless.

A panel of judges will choose 51 finalists — one from each state and the District of Columbia — before a final public vote in September determines the 15 organizations that will win $10,000 each.

Nominations can be made from Tuesday through July 1 at www.50statesforgood.com .