STATE FARM NEIGHBORHOOD ASSIST® OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
- Grants will only be given to Causes (defined below) in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Any grants submitted for Causes with locations outside of these areas will not be reviewed.
- Anyone 18 years of age or older within the 50 U.S. States or District of Columbia is eligible to submit a Cause or vote.
- All entries will be reviewed by the State Farm Review Committee ("Committee"). The top 200 entries as chosen by the Committee will be featured on www.neighborhoodassist.com (the "Neighborhood Assist Website") on September 23, 2020 for public voting.
- The top 40 vote-getting Causes will be offered $25,000 each in grant money to complete their project.
- Your community's participation will be key in order for your Cause to receive a grant!
Entry Period for Submitting Cause. The Entry Period for the 2020 "State Farm Neighborhood Assist" Program (the "Program") begins at 1:00:01pm ET on July 15, 2020 and concludes when 2,000 Entries have been submitted.
Eligibility. Entries may be made by legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years old or older as of July 15, 2020 (each an "Entrant") with internet access and a valid email address at the time of entry. This includes State Farm agents, employees and their immediate families. ENTRIES ARE MADE ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY (City, State) OR 501(C)(3) CHARITY (EACH A "CAUSE") DESIGNATED BY ENTRANT AT THE TIME OF ENTRY AND ENTRANT IS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GRANT MONEY. IF NO 501(c)(3) REGISTERED ORGANIZATION IS SELECTED, ONE WITHIN THE CAUSE'S GEOGRAPHICAL AREA WILL BE ASSIGNED. Void where prohibited. Program is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Committee, and those employees involved in the administration and fulfillment of this Program are ineligible to submit a Cause or vote for a Cause.
Nonprofit Administrator Eligibility. Our charitable contributions may be awarded to: Educational institutions, programs conducted by municipal, county, state or federal government entities, 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations, and 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies. State Farm does not fund: Individuals seeking personal help or scholarships, religious programs, politically partisan programs, or organizations outside the U.S.
How to Submit a Cause. To enter, visit the Neighborhood Assist Website at www.neighborhoodassist.com to (i) log in to the Website, (ii) complete the application ("Application"), (iii) designate a 501(c)(3) organization or a location (city and state) in need, (iv) indicate acceptance of these Official Rules, (v) upload up to three (3) photos related to your Cause (minimum of one (1) photo), and (vi) designate one (1) photo as the main photo for the entry (collectively the "Entry"). By submitting an Entry, you agree to abide by these Official Rules. Submitter may suggest a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to act as administrator of the grant. Your suggested nonprofit organization will not be judged as part of the Entry. All submissions must be in English. ONLY THE DESIGNATED COMMUNITY OR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, AND NOT THE ENTRANT, IS ELIGIBLE TO WIN A GRANT IN THE PROGRAM. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSIST WEBSITE AT WWW.NEIGHBORHOODASSIST.COM OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE(S) OR PAGE(S) AUTHORIZED BY SPONSOR FOR THE PROGRAM (COLLECTIVELY "THE WEBSITE"), AT SPONSOR'S DISCRETION, AND CAN BE VIEWED BY OTHER WEBSITE USERS. Submission of an Entry grants Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotions agencies involved in the administration of the Program and their respective agents, and anyone designated by Sponsor, an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual license and right to publish, use, modify, edit, adapt, copy, exploit, and publicly display the Entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration or acknowledgement to the Submitter. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or edit any Entry, in whole or in part, for content, clarity, or any other reason, and each Submitter waives any and all "moral rights" in and to his or her Entry. Only Entries submitted on the Neighborhood Assist Website will be accepted. No mailed-in, e-mailed, facsimile or other entry methods will be accepted. Limit of one (1) Submission per person. The entry must be in accordance with the terms and conditions stated herein.
Entry Requirements. By submitting an Entry in the Program, you hereby warrant and represent that your Entry conforms to the entry requirements set forth in these Official Rules. Entries must be your original and Entrant's sole creation, and all right, title and interest including but not limited to the copyright and moral rights in any Entry must be owned solely or properly licensed by you. You are responsible for obtaining written permission from any person appearing in any submitted photo to use their likeness in a manner consistent with the rights granted in these Official Rules, and providing such written consent to Sponsor upon request. Entries may not include any: (a) copyrighted works without permission of the copyright owner, (b) false, libelous or defamatory statements about any person or any third party or depict any person, product or entity in a false light; (c) third party trademarks or logos that suggest affiliation with any trademark owner without permission of such owner or that dilute the value of any trademark; (d) profanity, nudity, depictions of violence, threatening language, inappropriate, indecent, harmful, discriminatory, or obscene content as determined by Sponsor and Administrator, in their sole and absolute discretion; (e) communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which Sponsor wishes to associate; (f) depiction of an act which is dangerous or suggests any person to undertake a dangerous activity; (g) must not infringe upon any third party's rights, including but not limited to, copyright or rights of privacy or publicity; and (h) cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products, or other people, products or companies. All Entries must be in keeping with Sponsor's image, as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor shall have the right, but no obligation, to review the Entries for compliance with these entry requirements. At the Committee's discretion, entries including unsuitable content or that are in, or alleged to be in, violation of third party rights (including, but not limited to, copyrights) may be disqualified, in Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor retains sole discretion as to what constitutes unsuitable content and will not be liable in any way for disqualified entries. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, stolen, illegible, unreadable, misdirected or late Entries. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures of any kinds, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. ENTRIES POSTED TO THE WEBSITE ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL SUBMITTER AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees that his or her disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction, will not place Sponsor under any obligation, that Sponsor and others are free to disclose the ideas contained therein on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to Entrant. Entrant acknowledges that, by acceptance of the Entry, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than Entrant. Any waiver of any obligation here under by Sponsor does not constitute a general waiver of any obligation of Entrant. By entering, Entrant acknowledges that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Entry.
The Committee will retain full decision-making ability on ranking the top causes, so it is possible that nearly identical causes from the same area comprise the top 200 Causes.
Submission Uses and Intellectual Property Rights. By entering, Entrant grants permission for the use of his/her Entry, in whole or in part, and his/her name, and the likeness of any person depicted in the Entry, for use by Sponsor, Administrator and any third party designated by Sponsor in any and all media now known or hereafter devised without territorial or time limitation, including but not limited for posting on the Internet and the Neighborhood Assist Website and/or any website in connection with this Program, in the advertising, promotion, and publicity of the Program, and commercial uses, and otherwise as stated in these Official Rules (as solely determined by Sponsor). Each Entrant warrants and represents that he/she has all right and authority to grant such permission. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, however, there is no obligation of Sponsor or any other person or entity to post or make any use of any Entry.
Withdrawing Entries. Entrant and/or any 501(c)(3) organization may withdraw their name and submission from consideration at any time by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, requesting the withdrawal.
Repeat Winners. In the interest of fairness and accessibility and to align with the Program, causes cannot win more than two consecutive years. This would include causes that received two Neighborhood Assist grants consecutively in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
WINNER SELECTION The Committee will review and score the Entries once the 2,000 entry cap has been met. The Committee will select the top 200 Causes, which will go onto the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Website for public voting. Each Cause submitted will be reviewed by at least three members of the Committee, and the scores will be averaged together to obtain a total score.
The Committee will score Entries based ONLY on the three questions asked in the Application, listed below. No Entry will be discriminated against based on answering of any of the other questions in the Application. The image submitted with the Entry will not be made available to the Committee during their scoring. No Entry will be discriminated against on the basis of ethnicity, age, location, or any other determinant factor than the answer from the questions below.
Scoring Rubric and Weighting.
The Committee will use the below rubric for scoring. Each of these questions will be scored with equal weighting on a 10-point scale, to determine a complete perfect score of 30.
- How much does the Cause focus on an unmet need in this community?
- Why do you feel the $25,000 would address the unmet need?
- How much of a lasting impact on this community would the grant have?
State Farm will match any Cause that does not designate a nonprofit organization to an appropriate nonprofit partner in that local area.
At least three Committee members will score each of these questions for each cause submission on a point scale of 1-10. They will rank all submissions they receive by average total score from the reviewers, and each question will be weighted the same. The Committee will review all submissions based on the three questions asked in the Application. To eliminate ties, each question has been ranked in order of tie-breaking power. In the case of a tie, the Committee will compare scores for questions #1 (if those are exactly the same, then #3 and #2, in that order.)
Out of the top 200 causes, each Category will have at least 15 Causes, determined by the Committee ranked scores. Should the total number of Causes not reach 40, State Farm reserves the right to award less than 40 grants.
Entrants will be notified if they have been selected as a finalist via email to the email address included in the Entry on or about the week of September 14, 2020.
Public Voting. From the period September 23, 2020 at 12:00:01am ET through October 2, 2020 at 11:59:59pm ET, anyone within the 50 United States and District of Columbia who is 18 years of age or older with a valid email address is eligible to vote for a Cause. This includes State Farm agents, employees and their immediate families. Each voter can vote up to ten (10) times per day. These votes can be used all on one Cause, or spread out in any way among multiple Causes. Votes do not roll over. Users can come back each day to distribute their ten (10) votes. A "day" as defined by these program details is from 12:00:01am ET until 11:59:59pm ET each day. At the end of each day, any remaining unused votes expire.
Sponsor is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the voting, and Submitters agree that Sponsor and Administrator are not liable for any malfunctions, inaccuracies, or errors related to the voting or voting process or the results of the consumer voting or voting process.
Finalists. The forty (40) Causes earning the highest number of votes by the end of the voting period will be designated the winners of a "Neighborhood Assist" grant, at $25,000 each, subject to verification that the Cause and voting complied with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie during the general public voting phase, tiebreaker will be based upon the original score given by the Committee during the Committee review phase.
Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release. All Entries are subject to confirmation and verification of eligibility by Administrator and Sponsor. The potential grant winners, will be required to provide confirmation (via e-mail) that they would adhere to all grant standards. If the non-profit agency does not sign and return the release within seven (7) calendar days of receipt, or if Sponsor is unable to find a non-profit agency that would administer a grant for the stated Cause, the grant will be forfeited and an alternate Cause may be chosen. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees, and by accepting a grant, each nonprofit organization agrees, to allow and hereby grants to Sponsor, its affiliates and designees the right to use of his/her/its name and Entry (as applicable), in full or in part, in any media, now known or hereafter created, for any and all purposes, without compensation or acknowledgement, including, but not limited to promotional and advertising purposes, except where prohibited.
General Terms and Conditions. All grants are non-transferable and will only be awarded in the name of a verified Cause organization. Submitted suggested organizations are not necessarily the organizations who will administer the grant on behalf of the community. Local branches of the national partner organizations suggested by State Farm on the Neighborhood Assist Website will be given preference for administering the grants. If a particular city does not have a local branch of a national partner organization within a reasonable distance of the cause, then the nonprofit suggested by the Cause submitter will be vetted as a possible recipient of the grant, and Sponsor reserves the right to select administrator recipient of its choosing if no suitable branch can be found from those specific sources, or to disqualify the entry and select an alternate winner. If Sponsor is unable to find organizations to administer eligible grants, or if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received within the entry period, not all grants will be awarded. If any grant notice is returned as undeliverable, or if potential winning Cause organizations' information provided is unintelligible or incorrect, grant will be forfeited, and another Cause selected.
Effective January 1, 2020, all Neighborhood Assist grants will be paid to the nonprofit organization through a Donor Advised Fund managed by the Charities Aid Foundation of America. This change will add administrative process efficiencies. As part of this change, the Donor Advised Funds will apply a 2.97% processing fee against all charitable contributions (capped at $250 per donation). This fee will be incurred by the nonprofit organization.
By participating in the Program, Entrant agrees, and by accepting a grant, Cause organization agrees, to release, hold harmless and indemnify Sponsor, Administrator, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, retailers, advertising, sales promotion and judging agencies and the employees, directors, officers and agents of each ("Sponsor and Administrator") from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, harm, damage (including but not limited to property damage, personal injury and/or death), claims, actions, costs and expenses (including without limitation, all attorney's fees and court costs) arising directly or indirectly from or in connection with his/her participation in the Program, use of the Entry, acceptance, possession or use/misuse of the grant or participation in any grant-related activity.
Winning Cause organizations are solely responsible for any local, state, provincial or federal taxes on grants (if any). Sponsor reserves the right to take such action as it deems necessary to enforce these Official Rules and ensure the fair operation of the Program, including without limitation, barring and disqualifying participants who do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering Entrant agrees, and by accepting a grant, winner agrees, that (1) all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, participant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Program, shall be (i) governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of Illinois without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, (ii) resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois or the appropriate Illinois state court; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs, but in no event including attorneys' fees, disbursements or court costs; and (3) under no circumstances will Entrant or Cause organization be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant and Cause organization hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket costs.
Warranty of Non-Infringement and Indemnity. Entrant warrants and represents that publication of the Entry via any media, including Web posting, will not infringe upon any third party rights (e.g., music, trademarks, persons appearing in submitted photos). By entering this Program, each Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless, Sponsor and Administrator from any claims related thereto. Sponsor has the right, but not the obligation, to remove any posts or to disqualify any entries it deems to violate this warranty.
Additional Terms and Disclaimers. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Program or Website or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Program, in part or in its entirety, if the Program cannot be operated as planned or should virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes beyond Sponsor's control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Program. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Program by any technical or human errors, which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Program. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Program, including, but not limited to, errors in the printing or posting of the Program or Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner or the distribution of any grant. SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE PROGRAM. SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES THAT MAY OCCUR FROM THE COMPLETION OF ANY PROJECT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY WINNING CAUSE. EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO EXECUTE ANY DOCUMENT CONTAINING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
Winners List. To view a list of the program winners, please visit www.neighborhoodassist.com. The list will be live no earlier than November 4, 2020 and will remain on the Neighborhood Assist Website for at least 30 days.
E-Mail Communications. By clicking the e-mail communication box within the Neighborhood Assist Website, Entrant consents to receiving future e-mail communications regarding this or any other community-based programs or grant opportunities from Sponsor. Entrant will in no way be contacted regarding products or services from any information gathered during this Program.
Sponsor. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, One State Farm Plaza, Bloomington, Illinois 61710.
Administrator. The Marketing Arm Inc., 1999 Bryan Street, 32nd Floor, Dallas, TX 75201.