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Since 2010, Pepsi has been on a mission to dole out $20 million in grants through its Pepsi Refresh Project to non-profits, businesses, and individuals that promote a new idea that has a positive impact on their community -- be it at the local, state or national level.

Applicants vie for grants at the $5K, $25K, and $50K level, distributed across categories like Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, the Planet, Neighborhoods and Education. The most fun part, perhaps, is that these community-focused grantees are selected by the public who can vote by visiting

With no further ado, here are 12 past winners and the amazing achievements they accomplished thanks, in part, to their Pepsi Refresh Project grant money. The projects range from funding a documentary about the BP oil spill to installing a wind turbine at a high school in Iowa and ensuring that foreign language education in Harlem continues.

For more inspiration, visit and vote for the latest projects -- and submit your own great idea!

KIDDS Dance Project Inc.
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KIDDS Dance Project in Lithonia, GA teaches kids the right moves on the dance floor and for their future. With help from a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant, they opened the doors of their Performing Arts and Youth Development Center to the community last year. Parents can sign their kids up to get tutoring, take dance lessons, participate in music workshops, and more.
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Great idea.
VERY inspiring!

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