California Casualty is looking to help Maine public school sports programs in need, with the 2019 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. Middle schools and high schools across the Pine Tree State seeking funds for their program can apply at Applications must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Qualifying teams can receive $1,000 to $3,000.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who believes that teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship help develop high achievers in academics and in life.

Last year, Lewiston High School and Woodland Consolidated School each received $1,000. The schools were among 79 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $83,000 to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.

Lewiston High purchased uniforms and equipment for the girls lacrosse team.

The funds helped Woodland Consolidated School’s effort to replace uniforms for the softball and baseball teams that are needed after a recent school name change and new school colors.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $660,000 has been awarded to some 600 schools across the nation.

“The Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants are another example of California Casualty’s commitment to educators and students,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President. “We are proud to help students and schools compete at a higher level.”

Applications are being taken at The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2019, with 2018/2019 recipients announced in April.

California Casualty has served educators since 1951 and has been providing the NEA® Auto and Home Insurance Program since 2000. The company gives back to educators through other community impact initiatives:


Founded in 1914, California Casualty proudly provides the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, available to MEA members. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.800.800.9410.