NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.
The Competition Sponsor welcomes applications from organizations that meet one of the following criteria:
Eligible organizations are welcome to partner with for-profit companies, foundations, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, individuals, and other entities in order to implement the Project.
The following parties are not eligible to apply for the Lone Star Prize:
Such entities may act as a partner to any team led by an eligible organization that meets the above eligibility criteria.
Employees of the Competition Sponsor, Lever for Change, RAMPIT, The Common Pool, LLC, and any of their subsidiaries and affiliates, and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, are not eligible.
Grant funds will be used solely for charitable purposes and will not result in private benefit to other people, organizations, or entities, other than incidental benefit that is a necessary byproduct of the accomplishment of the charitable purpose.
All applicants must demonstrate their financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed Project and to appropriately manage any Award.
Each application should reflect the anticipated ownership, use, and licensing of any intellectual property. You represent and warrant that your Entry is an original work created solely by You, that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Entry, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Entry, except as expressly identified by You to us in writing in Your application. You retain all right, title and interest in any inventions, software or work of authorship You invent or create, subject to the terms and conditions of a grant award agreement, if applicable. The ownership and use of Intellectual Property arising from this competition remains with You, subject to the terms and conditions of a grant award agreement, if applicable.
Award funds must be used for the Project for which they are awarded, and may not be used for any of the following purposes:
The successful Finalists and/or Awardee will be expected to enter into a grant agreement with, and on terms acceptable to, the Competition Sponsor and contain key terms and conditions separate from these RULES and TERMS posted on this Website for this Competition.
NOTE: Each grant agreement governing the use of Awards may vary, depending on the nature of the Project and the organization receiving the Award.
Any Grantee who enters into a separate grant agreement to receive funding will be required to report progress towards milestones and other goals. Those reporting requirements may vary, based on the organization and the Project. However, it is likely necessary that a minimum of one financial report and one narrative report per year may be required.
9.1 Your application must be in English.
9.2 You must complete registration to participate in the Competition. Individuals representing an applicable organization must be 18 years of age or older at the time of Entry to participate.
9.3 Your Entry should meet the application requirements stipulated on this Website. You are required to register in advance of any deadlines for the submission of an Entry, and You must comply with all other deadlines posted on this Website. Your Entry may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of Competition Sponsor and/or RAMPIT, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Competition Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend Competition in whole or in part without liability to You. Competition Sponsor and/or RAMPIT also reserve the right to disqualify You from participating.
9.4 By participating in the Competition, You represent, warrant, and agree to the following:
9.5 You may participate by registering, but You may not register more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for a participant using multiple identities are not allowed. Competition Sponsor, Lever for Change, and/or RAMPIT reserve the right to disqualify any Entry made by a participant violating this limitation, regardless of whether all of the respective parties had knowledge of such violation. Each registrant may submit only one Entry.
9.6 The application requirements for your Entry are clearly described on this Website. Your Entry will be initially assessed by five reviewers, who will be assigned to score Entries by Solution Category or after considering any potential conflicts of interest, using the scoring rubric and other judging criteria described on this Website. In cases where a Judge indicates any potential conflict of interest, the Entry will be assigned to another Judge. Those Judges, each of whom is named on this Website, will be responsible for scoring your Entry. The judging criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of the Judges. By participating in the Lone Star Prize, You acknowledge and agree to be bound by the final decision of the Judges and the Competition Sponsor.
9.7 Once a rank order of Entries has been calculated, up to five (5) top Competitors will be named as Finalists. Finalists will each be eligible to receive $40,000. Of these Finalists, one (1) Competitor will be eligible to receive an Award of $10 million. The Competition Sponsor will review and discuss the top Entries and will determine any Finalists and/or Awardees, using criteria that may incorporate considerations beyond the Judges’ reviews.
If a Finalist is unable to fully participate in the next phase of the Competition, they may forfeit their designation as a Finalist, and the next Competitor in the rank order of Entries may be named a Finalist in their place. Final determination of Finalists and Awardee rests with the Competition Sponsor.
9.8 While RAMPIT is providing an online platform for your participation, RAMPIT is not responsible for the payment of any Award(s). Payment of any Award(s) is the sole responsibility of the Competition Sponsor and its designees and under the TERMS, including any applicable grant award agreement, each participant has agreed to look solely to the Competition Sponsor for the payment of any Award.
9.9 By submitting Your Entry, You, individually and on behalf of your respective successors and assigns, hereby agree to release, forever discharge and covenant not to sue and hold harmless the Competition Sponsor, Lever for Change, The Common Pool, LLC, and RAMPIT and their partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any and all Losses, claims, liabilities, demands, obligations, agreements, damages, debts, obligations (statutory, contractual and common law), remedies, actions and causes of action of any kind and nature whatsoever, in law or equity, under statue or common law whether know or unknown, arising out of or related to your participation in the Competition and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any Award(s). Neither the Competition Sponsor, Lever for Change, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT assume responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Competition Entries or Entry forms; or alteration of Entries or Entry forms. Neither the Competition Sponsor, Lever for Change, The Common Pool, LLC, nor RAMPIT are responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any Entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Competitors’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Competition. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any Competitor, an online registration will be declared as if made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of Entry.
9.10 THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Competitors agree that this Competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the United States of America and the forum of any dispute shall be in the courts of the United States of America.
9.11 If for any reason the Competition is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of RAMPIT that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Competition, RAMPIT and Sponsor reserve the right, at their discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Competition. If Competition Sponsor and/or RAMPIT (subject to mutual agreement with Competition Sponsor) terminates the Competition, it will not retain any rights in the submitted Entries.
9.12 The Competition Sponsor reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any Competitor who is found to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of the Lone Star Prize, to be acting in violation of these RULES or the TERMS, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Lone Star Prize, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.
9.13 Entry into the Lone Star Prize does not constitute entry into any other Lever for Change competition, RAMPIT competition, or promotion that may be offered by the Competition Sponsor and/or its affiliates.
9.14 Competition Sponsor and/or RAMPIT reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates these RULES, the TERMS and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them.
9.15 The names of the Finalists and Awardee will be posted on this Website for such period of time as the Competition Sponsor deems reasonable.
9.16 You acknowledge and agree that to the extent that these Rules relate to the Competition, a prospective Competition or any Posting, Our rights, or Your obligations this Agreement is intended also to be for the benefit of the Competition Sponsor, who is entitled to enforce the provisions of these Rules against You.
You may contact us with any questions or comments about these RULES. Please enter “Lone Star Prize” in the subject line of your email. You may reach us at: [email protected].
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