Community Giving Funding Terms and Conditions – UBCM (the “Rules”)

As a long-time sponsor of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention, FortisBC Energy Inc. and FortisBC Inc. (together, “FortisBC”) invites attendees to nominate a charitable initiative or project to receive an award pursuant to the  “Community Giving Funding Program” (the “Program”) from FortisBC.  The Program is made available through FortisBC’s Community Investment Program with specific focus on projects or initiatives requiring financial support in order to launch, succeed or be completed.

By nominating a charitable organization to receive funding under the Program, the nominator and the funding recipient acknowledges that:

  1. Applications will be submitted via regular mail, email or online by the deadline date and pursuant to the instructions indicated on the application form. The application form can be found online at:  www.fortisbc.com/communitygiving.
  2. Potential funding recipients will be contacted by FortisBC to verify and obtain specific details on their funding requirements.
  3. Potential funding recipients must submit a FortisBC community investment application no later than 12pm (noon) on August 2nd, 2019.
  4. All funding recipients must be registered as a not-for-profit organization under the Societies Act of B.C. or as a charitable organization recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency.  Proof of status must be provided to FortisBC prior to receiving any funding under the Program.
  5. Successful funding recipients will be announced at the FortisBC UBCM Reception on September 23rd, 2019.
  6. FortisBC, in its sole discretion, will determine a total of three recipients of funds awarded under the Program and the amount of funding, in each instance not to exceed $15,000 per recipient.
  7. Once a funding recipient is chosen by FortisBC, a cheque will be issued, in the funding recipient’s full legal name only, as described in item #5 above.
  8. FortisBC uses the following criteria to evaluate requests for funding:
    1. Preference is given to organizations/projects that align with one or more of the following categories:
      1. Safety - promote and/or increase community or personal safety and accident avoidance;
      2. Education - support energy literacy, trades or skill development, and/or leadership;
      3. Environment - directly benefit the local environment; and
      4. Indigenous initiatives - meet the unique needs of an Indigenous group, organization or community.
    2. Preference will be given to projects that are expected to show significant results based on the above noted criteria or is nearing completion by August 15, 2020.
    3. FortisBC Community Investment excludes the following:
      1. initiatives that are normally funded through any level of government;
      2. churches or other religious organizations;
      3. fraternal or labour organizations;
      4. sports team or individual sports/athletic pursuits;
      5. third-party fundraising events (e.g. golf tournaments raising money for a local charity);
      6. operating costs (salaries, rent, service fees, advertising costs, etc.);
      7. advocacy groups (e.g. religious, social, political or economic); and
      8. groups, programs or organizations located outside of FortisBC service area (see map).
  9. The decisions of FortisBC in relation to the Program will be final and binding on all participants.
  10. PRIVACY / USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION and INTELLECTUAL PROPRETY:  (a) By participating in the Program, each nominator: (i) grants to FortisBC the right to use his/her name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address (“Personal Information”) for the purpose of administering the Program, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the nominator and the funding recipient; (ii) grants to FortisBC the right to use his/her Personal Information for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Program in any and all media without further compensation unless prohibited by law; and (iii) acknowledges that FortisBC may disclose his/her Personal Information to third-party agents and service providers of FortisBC in connection with any of the activities listed in (i) and/or (ii) above.  (b) FortisBC will use the Personal Information only for identified purposes, and protect the nominator’s Personal Information. 
  11. Intellectual Property:  (a) By participating in the Program, each funding recipient: (i) grants to FortisBC the right to use their name, trademarks, logos, tradenames, designs, website address, slogans (together the “Intellectual Property”) for the purpose of administering the Program; and (ii) Grants to FortisBC the right to use their Intellectual Property for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Program in any and all media without further compensation unless prohibited by law.
  12. By participating in the Program, each nominator and each funding recipient agrees: (a) to be bound by the Rules and the decisions of FortisBC, (b) to release and hold harmless FortisBC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and independent contractors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives including advertising and promotion agencies, from any and all liability for claims/damages including, but not limited to, claims/damages for personal injury, for property damage with respect to acceptance, possession or use or misuse of the funds or participation in the Program.
  13. The Rules may be modified at any time and without notice by FortisBC and the Program may be cancelled at any time and without notice at FortisBC’s sole discretion.