Speak with your community to determine their needs.
Explain your vision for how the money will be spent.
Tell us about the groups of people that will benefit from your project, and how.
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A. The Bridgestone Fuel the Cause 2015 Contest begins 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on February 15, 2015 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on March 15, 2015 (the “Entry Period”).
A. The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada, who are: (1) 18 years of age or older or (2) the age of majority in their primary jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older as of date of entry (“Entrant”). Employees of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Bridgestone Canada Inc. (collectively, the “Sponsor”), their parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies and advertising and promotions agencies, including Don Jagoda Associates, Inc. (the “Administrator”), and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter.
A. During the Entry Period, visit www.bridgestonetire.com/fuelthecause (“Contest Site”) and follow the directions to register and submit an essay of up to 500 words on what $25,000 could do for your Community.
A. You must nominate a project which identifies a space, object, initiative or nonprofit organization in your community (“Public Entity”) that you feel has unrecognized or untapped potential or is underfunded or underappreciated and describe how a financial grant from Bridgestone would help the space, object, initiative or nonprofit organization undergo a positive transformation and foster positive change (“change the game”) for the community in which it is located (“Essay”). The submitted Essay should include content that describes in detail why the Public Entity has unrecognized or untapped potential or is underfunded or underappreciated, a description of the activities that could be conducted at/by the Public Entity if it were transformed, and compelling reasons why the Public Entity deserves to win and would “change the game” in the community if it were to win. The Essay should also include content such as the approximate number of people in the community that could perhaps benefit (to the best of your knowledge and belief) and whether the Public Entity has any special meaning to you. The Essay may be up to 500 words in length.
A. You must also upload three (3) unique photos of or related to the nominated space, object, initiative or nonprofit organization you wrote about in your Essay. The photos must be in color, .jpeg format and no larger than 20 MB each in file size.
All components of your Entry must be submitted together at one time in the same online session. YOUR ESSAY AND PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR ORIGINAL WORK.
A. Please make sure to note the following requirements for your photos and Essay:
A. There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person/email address for the entire Entry Period. For the avoidance of doubt, the three (3) unique photos and accompanying Essay constitute an “Entry.”
A. If you are having problems entering, please email email@example.com with a brief description of what you are experiencing, along with your operating system and browser/version number.
A. In the Initial Round Judging process, all eligible Entries will be judged under the supervision of the Administrator, an independent judging organization, based on the following criteria to determine the top twelve (12) Finalists:
In applying such judging criteria, the Judges will also take into account the feasibility and practicality of implementing the proposed transformation of the Public Entity.
A. The potential Finalists (that is, the Entrants/Nominators) will be contacted via phone and/or email within twenty-four (24) hours after the Initial Judging Round process is completed. Messages will not be left. Finalists will then be required (except where prohibited by law) to sign and return via email/mail, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability/Prize Acceptance Form and a Publicity Release (or a Declaration of Compliance for Canadians) within five (5) days of notification attempt (including weekends and/or holidays) or prize (including opportunity for applicable Public Entity to win a Prize) will be forfeited and an alternate potential Finalist will be determined and notified, time permitting. In addition, as further described in the Official Rules, such Entrant must provide documentation from the appropriate local official responsible for the applicable Public Entity that will include a statement that the nominated Public Entity is eligible to participate in this Contest and, if determined to be a winner, that such public official will work with the Administrator and Sponsor-specified contractors to facilitate receipt of prize.
Please note, given the time constraints between the end of the Initial Judging Round process and the beginning of the Public Voting Round (to determine the Grand Prize winner), Sponsor recommends that Entrant investigate and determine who is the appropriate local official for the Public Entity addressed in his/her Entry and, ideally, obtain preliminary consent from such local official prior to submission of his/her Entry in the Contest, in the event that his/her Entry is selected as a potential Finalist in the Initial Judging Round process.
A. The Finalists’ Entries (once confirmed) will be posted on the Contest Site for public voting from 12:00 a.m. ET on April 1, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2015. However, Sponsor reserves the right to modify or delay the public Voting Period by posting a notice to such effect on the Contest Site.
A. Eligible individuals who visit the Contest Site can follow the online voting instructions to vote for their favorite Public Entity. Sponsor/Administrator will post Finalist Entries and any associated content (as applicable) on the Contest Site in a pattern, format, sequence or arrangement of Sponsor’s/Administrator’s sole choosing, which may be varied one or more times by Sponsor/Administrator; Finalist Entries will be attributed to Finalists in the same manner (i.e. to be determined by Sponsor/Administrator in their sole discretion). Posted Finalist Entries represent solely the opinions of Finalist, not those of Sponsor or Administrator. Sponsor and Administrator further disclaim any liability in conjunction with screening, reviewing or monitoring posted Finalist Entries.
A. Voting will be restricted to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C. and Canada, who are: (1) 18 years of age or older or (2) the age of majority in their primary jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older as of date of voting. Employees of the Sponsor and eligible employees of authorized retailers of Bridgestone tires are eligible to participate in Public Voting.
A. Limit one (1) vote per person/email address per day during the Voting Period. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of this limit will be void.
A. At the conclusion of the Voting Period, the Finalist (Public Entity) with the highest number of votes will be deemed the potential Grand Prize Winner. The Finalists with the second and third highest number of votes will be deemed the potential First and Second Prize Winners. The Finalists with the fourth, fifth and sixth highest number of votes will be deemed the potential First Place Runners-Up. The Finalists with the seventh, eighth and ninth highest number of votes will be deemed the potential Second Place Runners-Up. The Finalists with the tenth, eleventh and twelfth highest number of votes will be deemed the potential Third Place Runners-Up. Winners will be determined based 100% on the outcome of the public voting.
A. The Prizes are as follows:
|PRIZE LEVEL||# OF PRIZES AVAILABLE||PRIZE|
|FIRST PLACE RUNNERS-UP||3||$5,000 each|
|SECOND PLACE RUNNERS-UP||3||$3,000 each|
|THIRD PLACE RUNNERS-UP||3||$2,500 each|
All prizes will be awarded as a grant in the form of a check to the Public Entity. Prize monies will be awarded in the currency of the country where the Public Entity is located.
Finalist Prizes (12): A set of Sponsor-specified Bridgestone Tires, awarded in the form of a gift certificate for each individual Finalist (ARV: USD$650/CD$775 each).
All Prizes except for Finalist Prizes will be awarded by Sponsor/Administrator directly to the winning Public Entity only and will not be awarded to the corresponding Finalist personally (i.e., the individual who nominated the Finalist Public Entity will only win a Finalist Prize as described below).
A. For the names of the Finalists and Winners, available after May 15, 2015 for a period of at least 120 days, visit www.bridgestonetire.com/fuelthecause.