PNA FOUNDATION COVID-19 NEWS SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM TERMS

PNA FOUNDATION COVID-19 NEWS SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM TERMS

 

THESE PROGRAM TERMS (“TERMS”) GOVERN YOUR PARTICIPATION ON BEHALF OF YOURSELF, OR YOUR ORGANIZATION, AS APPLICABLE IN THE PNA FOUNDATION “COVID-19 NEWS SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM.” BY SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR THE GRANT, YOU, ON BEHALF OF YOURSELF AND YOUR ORGANIZATION (IF APPLICABLE) (COLLECTIVELY, “YOU”), AGREE TO THESE TERMS.

IF ANY OF THESE TERMS ARE NOT COMPLIED WITH, PARTICIPATION MAY BE FORFEITED, INCLUDING RECEIPT OF ANY GRANT, AND ANY GRANT PAID MAY NEED TO BE REPAID TO PROGRAM ENTITIES, ALL IN THEIR SOLE DISCRETION.

 

WHAT IS THE PNA FOUNDATION COVID-19 NEWS SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM?

The PNA Foundation COVID-19 News Support Grant Program (“Grant Program”) is a program run by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (“PNA”) and the PNA Foundation (“Foundation”) (collectively, PNA and PNA Foundation are the “Program Entities”), awarding up to $150,000.00 USD total, which offers financial assistance in the form of a one-time payment of up to $2,500 USD (“Grant”) to select organizations in Pennsylvania to help support unexpected costs associated with local COVID-19 news coverage (“Purpose”).

WHO CAN APPLY?

Organizations that meet the following requirements (collectively, “Applicants”) may apply to the Grant Program:

  • Organizations may be newspapers and/or digital publications who are current members of PNA; or
  • Non-member Pennsylvania news organizations that meet the following criteria: at least six months of continuous publication, availability to the general public, regularly updated content, adherence to ethics and standards of journalism, and no promotion of special interests of groups, individuals or causes.

Applicants must NOT:

  • Discriminate based on age, race, gender, faith, national origin, sexual orientation or disability;
  • Be on a government web-based watch list of banned entities or employ, deal with, or otherwise be associated with any individuals on such lists, or aid or support any entities or whom it knows or believes to support terrorism.

As a condition of participating, Applicants hereby agree as follows:

  • To read, complete, agree to, and sign additional documentation that, among other things, provides information for tax and legal compliance purposes and confirms the requirements and conditions of these Terms, if selected as a potential Grant recipient; and
  • That the natural person filling out the Grant Program application is an authorized representative of the organization identified in the application, if applicable.

WHAT MUST THE APPLICATION INCLUDE?

Application must include the following:

  • A description of how Grant funds will be used to support the operation of the news company during the coronavirus crisis
  • Desired grant amount up to $2,500
  • Contact information
  • Applicant background
  • Organization information

All of the information and materials supplied by Applicants is referred to as “Applicant Content.” If you do not provide all required information, your application will not be considered.

Applicant Content must meet the following requirements, as determined by Program Entities in their sole discretion:

  • Be written entirely in the English language;
  • Not infringe, misappropriate, or violate any rights of any third party including, without limitation, rights of privacy or publicity; and
  • Only include content about persons or entities from whom the Applicant has all necessary permissions and rights, including, if applicable, a minor’s parent or legal guardian. (Applicant agrees to provide Program Entities with written confirmation of those permissions and rights upon request).

You are solely responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, or regulations in connection with participating in the Grant Program. Proof of application (such as, without limitation, a screenshot of your application) does not constitute proof of actual receipt of a submission for purposes of this Grant Program. Applications will not be returned and, in fact, may be destroyed after the Grant Program is over. Keep a copy of each element of your application. Applications that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted, damaged, destroyed, altered, false, lost, late, misdirected, garbled or otherwise not in compliance with these Terms will not be accepted and will be void.

 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION AND THE SELECTION PROCESS?

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications will be accepted from 9:00 AM EDT Monday, March 23, 2020, until $150,000.00 USD in Grant funds has been awarded or 11:59 PM EDT Friday, April 17, 2020, whichever occurs first . To apply, eligible applicants can visit the Grant Program application page and follow the on-screen links and instructions to complete and submit the Grant Program application form and provide all required information.


SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be prioritized based on the following criteria:

  • Organizations in need of tools to work remotely and cover the situation in a safe manner
  • Small publishers, including independent, family-owned and/or hyperlocal newsrooms
  • Organizations looking to increase and/or expand their coverage to combat misinformation within their local communities
  • Publishers who are serving and need resources for coverage focused on and/or for at-risk communities

Awarded applicants will be notified of their Grant award on a rolling basis via email or telephone. The awarded amount will be delivered in a single up-front payment.

 

SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Selection Committee will consist of at least five officers and trustees of the PNA Foundation.

 

WHAT ARE THE GRANTS?

The applications selected to receive a Grant by the Program Entities will receive grants up to $2,500 USD, with each Grant value and exact number of Grants awarded determined in Program Entities’ sole discretion, up to a total of $150,000.00 USD for the entire Grant Program. The Grant must be used directly and solely for the Purpose as identified in the Grant recipient’s application and otherwise in accordance with these Terms and may not be used to hire staff.

As a condition of applying, each Applicant that receives a Grant agrees to sign documentation without alteration 1) allowing Program Entities to use its/their name and certain other information, including potentially identifying its representatives, for publicity and marketing purposes in any media whatsoever; 2) agreeing to the restrictions and obligations with respect to use of the Grant, including, without limitation, preparing and submitting a follow-up report and survey and other restrictions and obligations set forth below; 3) granting Program Entities a license to results, reports, project details and other materials created or produced by Applicant in connection with the Grant.


WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF THE GRANT?

As a condition of participating, Applicants hereby agree as follows if selected as a potential recipient:

  • Each grant recipient must provide Program Entities with a follow-up report.
  • To complete any additional reports or documentation, as reasonably requested by the Program Entities;
  • Use of any Grant amount must comply with all applicable explicit or implicit terms and conditions or policies applicable for platforms, applications, software, tools or other resources used by the Grant recipient, if any. Grant recipient must also comply with any ethical standards applicable to the proposed project, as determined in Program Entities’ sole discretion. As such, each Applicant must follow the spirit of such terms and conditions, principles and policies; and any attempt to subvert or to use a work-around of such terms and conditions or policies may, in Program Entities’ sole discretion, result in forfeiture of any Grant amounts awarded or disqualification from this Grant Program; and
  • That receiving a Grant does not confer upon the Applicant any special recognition, endorsement, or affiliation with either of the Program Entities.

Grant funds must only be used directly for the Purpose. If a recipient Applicant is dissolved, if an organization, or if a recipient Applicant is otherwise unable to use the Grant solely and directly for the Purpose and related activities, you agree to promptly return any unexpended Grant funds to Program Entities.

If any portion of the Grant is used for any purpose other than the Purpose described in the application, you agree to promptly correct this error. If the misuse is not promptly corrected, Program Entities may demand the return of the entire Grant and you agree to do so.  Such misuse shall constitute a breach of contract and Program Entities reserve the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, such misuse may violate criminal and civil law.

 

GENERAL RULES

By submitting an Application (except where prohibited by law), each entrant grants the Program Entities the irrevocable, sublicensable, absolute right and permission to use, publish, post or display the Applicant’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical and/or business information, any quotes attributable to the Applicant and/r staff, and any other indicia of persona (regardless of whether altered, changed, modified, edited, used alone, or used with other material in the Program Entities’ sole discretion), organization name and logo, and Applicant Content for advertising, trade, promotional and publicity purposes without further obligation or compensation of any kind, anywhere, in any medium now known or hereafter discovered or devised (including, without limitation, on the Internet), worldwide, without any limitation of time, and without notice, review, or approval and each entrant releases all Program Entities from any and all liability related thereto. Nothing contained in these Terms obligates Program Entities to make use of any of the rights granted herein and entrant waives any right to inspect or approve any such use.

Program Entities reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to discontinue funding and take other steps they deem appropriate if they are not satisfied with the progress of the Grant or content of any written report or meeting.

Program Entities’ decisions will be final in all matters relating to this Grant Program, including interpretation of these Terms and acceptance or rejection of Grant applicants at any time.

Applicants agree to not damage or cause interruption of the Grant Program and/or prevent others from participating in the Grant Program. Program Entities reserves the right to restrict or void participation from any IP address, email address or domain, device, or other designator or identifiable source if any fraudulent or harmful participation is suspected, as determined by Program Entities in their sole discretion. Program Entities further reserve the right to disqualify any applicant who Program Entities believe has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Grant Program. ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GRANT PROGRAM MAY VIOLATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE, PROGRAM ENTITIES MAY DISQUALIFY ANY PARTICIPANT MAKING SUCH ATTEMPT AND MAY SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

If Program Entities determine at any time in their sole discretion that a Grant recipient is disqualified, ineligible, or in violation of these Terms, Program Entities reserve the right in their sole discretion to select an alternate Grant recipient, even if the disqualified potential recipient’s name may have been shown or announced. If the Grant Program is not capable of running as planned for any reason, Program Entities reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Grant Program.

In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy, or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Grant Program-related materials and these Terms (including any alleged discrepancy or inconsistency within these Terms), it will be resolved by Program Entities in Program Entities’ sole discretion. Applicants waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Grant Program or these Terms. Program Entities’ failure to or decision not to enforce any provision in these Terms will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Terms will otherwise remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their Terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained in these Terms.

 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

EACH PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATION AND EACH OF ITS AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES, AGREES TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE PROGRAM ENTITIES, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, DIVISIONS, FRANCHISEES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, SUB-CONTRACTORS, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, LEGAL COUNSEL, MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, BOARD MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROMOTIONAL, FULFILLMENT AND MARKETING AGENCIES (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATION IN THIS GRANT PROGRAM, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR INJURIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND SUSTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE OR AWARDING OF ANY GRANT, OR WHILE PREPARING FOR, PARTICIPATING IN AND/OR TRAVELING TO OR FROM ANY GRANT- OR GRANT PROGRAM-RELATED ACTIVITY. EACH GRANT RECIPIENT AGREES THAT THE GRANT IS PROVIDED AS-IS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREINAFTER ENACTED, RELATIVE TO ITS USE OR ENJOYMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS GRANT PROGRAM, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY BE WAIVING RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS THAT ARE AT THIS TIME UNKNOWN OR UNSUSPECTED, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH WAIVER, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE, YOUR RIGHT TO SEEK REDRESS OR ENFORCEMENT OF ANY UNKNOWN CLAIMS ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE GRANT PROGRAM AND ITS ADMINISTRATION.

 

DISCLAIMERS

Employees, officers, directors, members, managers, agents, and representatives of the Released Parties are not responsible and/or liable for any of the following, whether caused by a Released Party, the applicant, or by human error (except to the extent that any of the following occur for reasons within Program Entities’ reasonable control, if applicable law in your jurisdiction of residence dictates that liability to the injured party in such a case cannot be excluded by law): any lost, late, postage-due, incomplete, illegible, incomprehensible, mutilated, or misdirected email, mail, or Grant Program-related correspondence or materials; any error, omission, interruption, defect, or delay in transmission or communication; viruses or technical or mechanical malfunctions; interrupted or unavailable telephonic, cellular, cable, or satellite systems; errors, typos or misprints in these Terms, in any Grant Program-related advertisements or other materials; failures of electronic equipment, computer hardware or software; lost or unavailable network connections or any failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications; technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Grant Program or the processing of applications; or any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from applicant’s participation in the Grant Program. Without limiting any other provision of these Terms, no Released Party is responsible or liable for any injury or damage to the persons or property of applicant or any third party based on use by such party of the Applicant Content made available as part of this Grant Program. Released Parties are not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or for insufficient space in a person’s email account or voicemail inbox to receive email or voice messages. Released Parties are not responsible, and may disqualify an applicant, if any contact information provided by the applicant does not work or is changed without giving prior written notice to Program Entities. Without limiting any other provision in these Terms, the Released Parties are not responsible or liable to any applicant (or any person claiming through such applicant) for any inability to proceed with the Grant Program at any stage or failure to provide a Grant or any part thereof, in the conference that any of the Grant Program activities or Program Entities’ operations or activities are affected, as determined by Program Entities, by any cause or conference beyond the sole and reasonable control of the applicable Released Party (as determined by Program Entities in their sole discretion).

 

DISPUTES/GOVERNING LAW

These Terms shall be governed and construed according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Parties accept unconditionally the jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania in any action, suit, or proceeding of any kind which arises out of or by reason of these Terms.  If the action, suit, or proceeding arising out of or by reason of these Terms can only be pursued in a federal court, the Parties accept unconditionally the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

 

MERGER/ENTIRE AGREEMENT

The Applicant and the Program Entities intend these Terms to constitute the complete, exclusive, and fully integrated statement of their agreement regarding this subject matter.  As such, it is the sole expression of their agreement and they are not bound by any other agreements of whatsoever kind or nature.  There are no warranties, representations, covenants, or agreements, expressed or implied, between the Applicant and the Program Entities except those expressly set forth in these Terms.  Any amendments to or modifications of these Terms shall be in writing and at the sole discretion of the Program Entities.

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