Ford HBCU Challenge Official Rules

FORD HBCU COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

TIMING: The Ford Historically Black Colleges & Universities (“HBCU”) Community Challenge (“Challenge” or “Promotion”) will begin on 9/15/2014 and end on 11/9/2014 (“Promotion Period”). Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Promotion. By way of summary, the following are key Promotion dates:

11/9/2014 at 11:59 PM ET Deadline for Receipt of Proposal
On/about 11/19/2014 Selection of Finalists (Top 3 Proposals)
November 2014 – December 2014 Finalist Round (Presentations by Finalists to Sponsor)
On/about 12/11/2014 Ranking of 3 Finalists (Determination of Grand Prize winning Team)
January 2015 – August 2015 Funding of Projects of 3 Finalists

 

SPONSOR: Ford Motor Company, 16800 Executive Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126; Ford Motor Company Fund, One American Rd., 212-A3, Dearborn, MI 48126.

ADMINISTRATOR: Exposure Marketing & Promotion, Inc., 1000 North Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia (“US”) who are: (a) at least eighteen (18) years of age or older as of date of entry; and (b) are enrolled and in good standing academically at accredited Historically Black College or Universities located in the US, as of date of entry (“Entrants”). For the avoidance of doubt, only students at Historically Black Colleges or Universities which are fully accredited by all appropriate government bodies/agencies are eligible to participate in the Promotion; and, all uses herein of “Historically Black College or University” refers only to fully accredited educational institutions. Entrants will participate in the Challenge as part of “Team,” to be comprised of at least two (2) but no more than (4) members, with members of Team being set by Captain at beginning of Promotion Period; and, one (1) Team member must be designated as the “Captain” of the Team (Captain will be the sole representative of the Team in all dealings with Sponsor and/or Administrator with regard to the Challenge, and the decisions of Captain will be fully binding upon all Team members). For the avoidance of doubt, all Team members must be enrolled and in good standing at the same accredited Historically Black College or University. Employees, directors and officers and their immediate families (spouses, siblings, parents, children and their spouses) and same household members of Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Company Fund, Exposure Marketing & Promotions, Inc., Reach Media, Inc., and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates and companies involved in the implementation and execution of the Promotion (collectively the “Promotion Entities”) as well as members of the general public (i.e., all persons other than those who are eligible as identified above) are not eligible. Promotion is void in Puerto Rico and other US Commonwealths, Territories and jurisdictions (including overseas military installations) and where prohibited.

AGREEMENT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES: By participating in the Promotion, Captain (on behalf of him/herself and all Team members) fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and the Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion.** Winning prize(s) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

{**The technical and procedural requirements for participation in the Promotion are made a part of these Official Rules and incorporated herein by reference. In the event of any discrepancy, the technical and procedural requirements shall govern and control only with respect to the specific technical/procedural issue in question; in all other cases, these Official Rules shall govern and control.}

OVERVIEW: The Challenge is a request for Proposals (“Proposal”) addressing the theme of “Building Sustainable Communities.” The Proposal should take an innovative, fresh approach in defining what building a sustainable community means to one’s local community. The Proposal should not be restricted specifically to environmental issues; rather, “sustainable community” refers to all elements of a healthy, livable community which can thrive in a global economy encompassing a wide range of issues, including education, safety and mobility. To be eligible, the Proposal must be consistent with a charitable purpose as described in Section 501(c)(3) which are classified as public charities under Section 509(a)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code. These purposes include, but are not limited to, combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency; lessening neighborhood tensions; reducing unemployment and underemployment; engaging in related activities in relief of the poor, the distressed or the underprivileged; or any other charitable purposes.

CRITERIA: Project outlined in the Proposal should have a concrete impact on the community, positively affecting the community in a tangible, meaningful way by addressing significant concerns currently facing the community. A research study/report can be part of the Proposal, bearing in mind that Sponsor is interested in actions, not theory alone.

The best projects will leverage community resources (both monetary and human) so as to realize its goals; discuss how monies that may be provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund would be used in conjunction with the project; and envision an arrangement whereby the project can continue once monies that may be provided by the Ford Motor Community Fund have been exhausted.

Potential areas of focus of the Proposal include (but are not limited to):

    1. Education and Training. In an increasingly global economy, human capital is perhaps the most important ingredient to a community’s ability to survive and thrive.
    2. Safety. What do we mean when we refer to “safe communities?” How has this definition changed with the advent of the internet and other technologies?
    3. Sustainability and Mobility. How can we design and implement affordable, clean, and safe transportation systems for the 21st Century?
    4. Environmental Sustainability. Clean water and air are critical to the overall health and well being of a community. How can members of a community (both individuals and organizations) learn to become more environmentally conscious and sustainable?
    5. Sustainable Urban Design.
    6. Creative approaches to the conservation, or use, of water.
    7. Student volunteer programs that partner with local non profits in new ways.

 

ADDITIONAL CONTENT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROPOSAL:

  1. Team must be involved in a leadership role in the project, and in all aspects of the project from design to implementation.
  2. Partner with Community-Based Organization. The Proposal must demonstrate an active and meaningful partnership with a local community-based organization. Community-based organization refers to any organization or entity that plays a role in the life of the community. Schools, social service agencies, business entities and government agencies are all examples of community-based organizations. But, to qualify, a community-based organization must be a Section 501(c)(3) organization which is classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code or political subdivisions.
  3. Student Involvement. Students at an accredited Historically Black College/University (including but not limited to Team members) must involve students focused on their education.
  4. The Proposal must outline the manner and media (e.g., press release, Web, local television, etc.) in which the project will be publicized/communicated to the public.
  5. The Proposal should be based on the assumption of receiving a one-time grant of $25,000. Additional resources for the project must be clearly identified

SUBMISSION OF THE PROPOSAL IN NO WAY OBLIGATES SPONSOR TO TAKE ANY ACTION (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FUNDING) RELATIVE TO SAME.

TO ENTER: To submit Proposal, visit http://blackamericaweb.com/hbcuchallenge or www.rickeysmileymorningshow.com/hbcuchallenge and complete the application form including a listing of the first and last name, home address (including city, state and zip-code), email address, age, class year and major/concentration of each Team member, for receipt by 11/19/2014 at 11:59 PM EDT Eastern Daylight Time. Listing of Team members must include designated Team Captain. Be sure to include all elements of Proposal in a single submission; piecemeal submissions will NOT be accepted. Once submitted, Proposal cannot be supplemented, altered, modified or edited, unless Sponsor expressly requests additional information and/or materials from Captain.

GRANT OF RIGHTS IN CONTENT CREATED FOR CHALLENGE: Captain, on behalf of him/herself and all Team members, grants to Sponsor, Reach Media, Inc. and their designees the non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable right and license to use, perform, exhibit, reproduce and/or otherwise exploit the Proposal as well as all associated content/materials created by the Team in conjunction therewith in participating in the Challenge (including, the content of the presentation of the proposal, if applicable) in any manner and in any and all distribution channels, venues or media now known or hereafter devised, without further notice or any compensation to Captain or any Team members. Captain, on behalf of him/herself and all Team members, also waives any “Moral Right of Authors” (Droit Moral) in the Proposal as well as all associated content/materials created by the Team in conjunction therewith in participating in the Challenge; and understands and agrees that the Sponsor has wide access to ideas, stories, designs and other literary/artistic materials submitted to it from outside sources or being developed by its own employees and that such ideas/stories/designs/literary/artistic materials may be competitive with, similar to (or even identical to) content submitted by his/her Team and that Sponsor shall have no liability to Captain, Team members or any third party in conjunction therewith.

RESTRICTIONS ON CONTENT: DO NOT COPY THE WORKS OF OTHERS, IN WHOLE OR IN PART. In submitting the Proposal as well as all associated content/materials created by the Team in conjunction therewith in participating in the Challenge, Captain (on behalf of him/herself and all Team members) makes the following representations and warranties:

  • Content is solely the original work product of Team and that the publication/distribution of the content will not violate the rights of trademark, copyright, right of publicity, right of privacy or any other intellectual property or proprietary right of any third party, nor does it libel, slander or defame any third party;
  • The written consent of an authorized representative of the community-based organization has been secured as well as that of the Historically Black College or University;
  • Content is not inappropriate or unfit for publication (for example, this includes obscenity and hate speech);
  • Content does not promote or advocate violence, alcohol or drug use or any illegal activity;
  • Content does not promote or advocate any cause or concern unrelated to the Contest theme (for example, a political or religious viewpoint).

DETERMINATION OF FINALIST TEAMS: Sponsor will judge all eligible Teams’ Proposals based on how well they meet the following criteria:

(1) Describe an Innovative Approach to “Building Sustainable Communities”;

(2) Address the issues of Mobility, Sustainability, Alternative Energy, and/or Systematic Approaches to Meeting Non-Profit Needs in a Creative Way;

(3) Involve Students in a Leadership Role;

(4) Seek to Address an Urgent and Unmet Community Need in a Tangible Way;

(5) Involve a Community-Based Organization as a Partner.

Captains of the three (3) highest ranked Teams will be notified by email, phone or mail (exact method(s) of notification to be determined by Administrator in its sole discretion) on or about 11/19/2014.

TRIP PRIZE: The three (3) highest ranked Teams will receive as a prize a trip (“Trip”) to Ford Motor Company’s World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan to present their proposals to Sponsor in the Finalist Round of the Challenge in November/December 2014 (exact date of Trip to be provided to Captain at time of winner notification.) In order to remain eligible to win Grant Money Prizes, Team must take Trip and participate in Finalist Round. Trip to Ford Motor Company’s World Headquarters to present proposal is good for the Team Captain and each verified Team member and consists of roundtrip, coach air travel from a major airport near main campus of applicable Historically Black College or University (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Detroit; two (2) nights hotel accommodations (standard room, double occupancy) and airport transfers in Detroit (ARV of each trip $1,000). For the avoidance of doubt, Trip is for Team members only, not guests. All Team members must travel on same itinerary and on the dates and times specified by Sponsor. If the Historically Black College or University attended by Team members is located within 200 miles of Dearborn (in Sponsor’s sole opinion), such Team will receive ground transfers in lieu of air travel and no additional compensation will be awarded. All expenses and costs related to acceptance of and participation on the Trip not expressly listed above, including but not limited to, meals, beverages, taxes and gratuities, are entirely the responsibility of winning Team. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight.

As a condition of Trip Prize award and continued eligibility for Grant Money Prizes, Captain (on behalf of him/herself and all Team members, as applicable) will be required to sign, complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and except where prohibited by law, a Publicity Release Form (“Affidavit/Release”), as well as a confirmation of the previous grant of rights (“Grant of Rights”) in all content submitted by the Team in participating in the Promotion, within indicated time period. Captain further agrees without compensation to use his/her best efforts to secure an Affidavit/Release and/or Grant of Rights from all Team members as well as from the authorized representative community-based organization and accredited Historically Black College or University, which must be returned to Administrator within the indicated time period. If: (1) the Captain of the winning Team fails to timely execute and return the Affidavit/Release and/or Grant of Rights, and the Team is deemed ineligible to receive the prize; (2) the authorized representative of community-based organization and accredited Historically Black College or University fails to timely execute and return the Affidavit/Release and/or Grant of Rights; (3) the Captain cannot be contacted after reasonable effort as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion; or (4) if the Captain of the Team and fewer than two (2) other members of the Team cannot take Trip at indicated dates/times and participate in the Finalist Round for any reason; the Trip Prize (as well as a Grant Money Prize) will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate winner (i.e., the Team ranked next highest in the judging as set forth above). If Captain of the winning team is deemed eligible and accepts the prize, but other Team member(s) fail to timely execute an Affidavit/Release and/or Grant of Rights for any reason, such Team member(s) will be disqualified and will not receive any prize in the Promotion. The disqualification of such Team member(s) will not affect the eligibility of other members of the Team (including the Captain), provided that the above-indicated minimum of the Captain and at least two (2) other members of the Team can take Trip at indicated dates/times and participate in the Finalist Round.

DETERMINATION OF GRANT MONEY PRIZE WINNERS: Sponsor will evaluate the overall strength and persuasiveness of the presentations made by the three (3) Finalist Teams in expressing the merit and value of their respective proposals. The presentations are intended to elaborate upon the Teams’ Proposals, and will be evaluated based upon the judging criteria set forth above in “Determination of Finalist Teams.”  The Finalist Team with the highest ranked presentation will win the Grand Prize; the Finalist Team with the 2nd highest ranked presentation will win the Second Place Prize; and the Finalist Team with the 3rd highest ranked presentation will win the Third Place Prize. Captains of the Finalist Teams will be notified by email, phone or mail (exact method(s) of notification to be determined by Administrator in its sole discretion) on or about 12/11/2014.

GRANT MONEY PRIZES:

Grand Prize: $40,000 in scholarships (“Scholarships”), split evenly among Team members (Scholarships to be awarded to college/university in the name of each Team member; Team members themselves will not receive cash); $25,000 to implement project. Sponsor will award an additional $10,000 to the general scholarship fund of the accredited Historically Black College or University attended by members of the Grand Prize winning team.  Total Grand Prize amount: $75,000.

Second Place Prize: $15,000 to implement project.

Third Place Prize: $10,000 to implement project.

ADDITIONAL PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Monies to implement the project are awarded upon condition that the Team(s) utilize such funds to realize the objectives of the project. Project implementation grants will made payable to the 501(c)(3)  organization identified by the Team(s) as the “project partner”.  Project partner organization(s) must be finalized prior to team(s) making final presentations at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.  No changes to the project partner will be allowed after presentations are made. Should Sponsor determine that such monies are not being properly utilized, Sponsor may refuse to award such monies or require re-payment of such funds or seek other relief/remedy as allowed by applicable law. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned. Unused funds will be placed in the HBCU general scholarship fund at the institution where members of the winning team(s) attend. No substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of comparable or greater value if the intended prize is not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. Winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes (not limited to federal, state, local and/or income) on prize, which will be reported to applicable governmental authorities as required by law and all unspecified costs/expenses in conjunction with acceptance, receipt, possession and use of prize(s). Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Promotion constitutes permission for Sponsor and its designees to use each Team member’s name, hometown, likeness, statements and other personally identifiable information for promotional, advertising and marketing purposes in any media throughout the world without prize, incentive, consideration, consent or review; and upon request, Team member will provide written consent to such use.

GENERAL CONDITIONS / RELEASE: By participating, Captain (on behalf of him/herself and all Team members) (a) releases Promotion Entities, their respective directors, officers, agents and employees (collectively the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by their participation, including the unauthorized or illegal access to personally identifiable or sensitive information or the acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of prize(s). Neither Released Parties nor any service providers are responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information supplied by Captains/Teams while participating in the Promotion, incorrect or inaccurate transcription of Entry information, or for any human or other error, lost data, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, damaged, misdirected entries or submissions. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY TAMPER WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS, OR OTHERWISE UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO COOPERATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL(S) AND TO PURSUE ALL REMEDIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Submitted content that is incomplete or corrupted is void. Sponsor and Administrator are not liable or responsible for late, invalid or misdirected content that is submitted, all of which will be disqualified. FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, CAPTAIN/TEAM (NOT THE RELEASED PARTIES) IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING CONTENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. If for any reason the Promotion is not capable of being executed as planned, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which in the opinion of Administrator and/or Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Promotion, Administrator reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion. In the event of any cancellation, termination or suspension, Captains of all Teams will be notified thereof and the selection of the Finalist Teams (and the grant money prize won by each Finalist Team) will be made in a manner determined by Sponsor/Administrator, in their sole discretion, to be fair, appropriate and consistent with these Official Rules.

GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION/DISPUTES: Captain, on behalf of him/herself and all Team members, agrees that (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Promotion or the awarding of the prizes shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan or the appropriate Michigan State Court located in Oakland County, Michigan; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will Captain/Team members be permitted to obtain awards for, and Captain/Team members hereby waive all rights to, claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, Captain’s/Team members’ rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of Michigan, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than State of Michigan.

  • WINNERS: Names of winning Teams will be posted 12/31/2014 after the end of the Promotion.

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ABBREVIATED RULES (FOR PRINT MEDIA)

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT of 50 U.S. or DC, 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. Void where prohibited. Promotion begins on 9/15/2014 and end on 11/9/2014. For complete entry, eligibility and prize details see Official Rules at http://blackamericaweb.com/hbcuchallenge or www.rickeysmileymorningshow.com/hbcuchallenge. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, 16800 Executive Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126; Ford Motor Company Fund, One American Rd., 212-A3, Dearborn, MI 48126.

ABBREVIATED RULES (FOR BROADCAST MEDIA)

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be legal resident of 50 U.S. or DC, 18 years of age or older. Ends on 11/9/2014. For official rules with entry, eligibility and prize details, go to http://blackamericaweb.com/hbcuchallenge or www.rickeysmileymorningshow.com/hbcuchallenge.

ABBREVIATED RULES (FOR ONLINE/BANNER)
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Promotion ends 11/9/2014. Click here for details.

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