CrowdTangle Grant Program Terms and Conditions

THESE PROGRAM TERMS (“TERMS”) GOVERN YOUR APPLICATION TO AND PARTICIPATION ON BEHALF OF YOUR ORGANIZATION IN THE CROWDTANGLE GRANT PROGRAM (“PROGRAM”). BY SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION AND BEING SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, YOU, ON BEHALF OF YOURSELF AND YOUR ORGANIZATION (COLLECTIVELY, “YOU”), AGREE TO THESE TERMS.

IF ANY OF THESE TERMS ARE NOT COMPLIED WITH, APPLICATION MAY BE DISQUALIFIED, 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 Program?

The Program is offered by CrowdTangle, Inc. (“CrowdTangle”) (CrowdTangle is the “Program Entity”) to provide two (2) $20,000 USD grants (“Grants”) to eligible CrowdTangle partners to build a product that uses the CrowdTangle API and helps educate news readers about the COVID vaccine, or health more generally, OR is a useful integration for use by CrowdTangle partners to provide information about the COVID vaccine (“Product Idea”).

Who Can Participate?

Current CrowdTangle partners with their principal place of business in the United State or Canada are eligible to apply to the Program (“Applicants”). The Program Entities will consider one application per partner.

Applicants (and the individual submitting the application on Applicant’s behalf) must NOT:

  • Discriminate based on race, gender, faith, national origin, sexual orientation or disability;

  • Carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence specific legislation;

  • Influence the outcome of any specific public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;

  • Be on a government 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;

  • Be a current government official or a family member of a government official (as defined below)

  • Have operations in or be a resident of a country that is subject to comprehensive sanctions

  • Be included on any denied party listing published by U.S. or EU governmental authorities.

“Government Official” shall refer to any official or employee of any multinational, national, regional, or local government in any country, including any official or employee of any government department, agency, commission, or division; any official or employee of any government-owned or -controlled enterprise; any official or employee of any public educational, scientific, or research institution; any political party or official or employee of a political party; any candidate for public office; any official or employee of a public international organization; and any person acting on behalf of or any relatives, family, or household members of any of those listed above.

Participants selected to receive a Grant agree not to use the Grant in any way, directly or indirectly, in any way that would violate applicable laws, including, without limitation, in any manner that would constitute bribery, an illegal kickback, an illegal campaign contribution, or any other violation of applicable anti-corruption, political activity, economic sanctions, or other laws.

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 obligations and expectations of Grant recipients; and

  • That the natural person filling out the Program application is an authorized representative of the organization identified in the application, if applicable.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from 9am ET on May 11, 2021, until 11pm ET on June 13th 2021 (“Application Period”).

To apply, eligible Applicants can visit the Program application page here at https://forms.gle/NXbQP6MCN7ZohaNm8 and follow the on-screen links and instructions to complete and submit the Program application form and provide all required information. Applicants must comply with all on-screen instructions to be eligible.

What Must The Application Include?

Each application must include the following:

  • Basic information about the applicant including contact information;

  • A written explanation of 500 words or less explaining the Applicant’s Product Idea; and

  • Mocks or drawings of the Product Idea, if available

The Product Idea must meet the following requirements:

  • It must use the CrowdTangle API; it may use other APIs as well

  • It must be free to use by all CrowdTangle partners

  • It may be open and free to the public if it is view only; if the Product Idea lets users manipulate CrowdTangle data, it may only be made available to current CrowdTangle partners.

  • Product Ideas that are view-only are permissible below the 100 calls/min endpoints rate and require storage of data on Applicant’s own services and call CrowdTangle on a regular pattern.

  • Product Idea must comply with the CrowdTangle API Terms of Use at https://www.crowdtangle.com/terms and any Terms of Use for any other API used to execute the Product Idea.

All of the information and materials supplied by Applicants, including Product Idea, 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:

  • Not infringe, misappropriate, or violate any rights of any third party including, without limitation, patent, copyright, trademark and rights of privacy or publicity; and

  • Only include content about persons or entities from whom the Applicant has all necessary permissions and rights (Applicant agrees to provide Program Entities with written confirmation of those permissions and rights upon request).

  • Applications must be in English

Selection Process

A panel of judges will review the Product Ideas set forth in eligible applications and select two (2) Grant recipients at its discretion taking into account the following criteria:

  • Potential impact of Product Idea

  • Feasibility of Product Idea

  • Impact on information around COVID, COVID vaccine and/or health and wellbeing.

What Are the Expectations of Grant Recipients?

As a condition of receiving a Grant, Grant recipients agree to the following (and agree to execute an agreement with Facebook, Inc. that details the following):

  • Grant must be used to create/build the Product Idea within six (6) months from receipt of the Grant;

  • Grant recipients must provide Facebook with monthly updates on how the process is going after receiving the Grant (email is sufficient);

  • After launching the Product Idea, Grant recipients must provide Facebook with reporting on the number of daily, weekly or monthly users or views for ~3 months post-launch, learnings from product development, and plans for the future, as part of a case study.

If Grant recipients are unable to use Grant funds solely and directly for the Product Idea, Grant recipients agree to promptly return any unexpended Grant funds to Facebook. Grant recipients may also receive support and mentorship from CrowdTangle, Facebook and Program judges in connection with their development of their Product Idea.

As a condition of applying, each Applicant that receives a Grant agrees to sign documentation, including a Grant Recipient Agreement and/or a Facebook Marketing Agreement 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 follow-up reports and status updates and other restrictions and obligations set forth in these Terms; 3) granting Program Entities a license to results, reports, project details and other materials created or produced by Applicant in connection with the Grant.

Applicants are solely responsible for complying with all applicable national, provincial, state and local laws, rules, or regulations in connection with participation in the 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 Program. Applications will not be returned and, in fact, may be destroyed. Keep a copy of each element of the 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.

GENERAL TERMS

The CrowdTangle Grant Program Data Policy explains how we collect and use your personal data. In addition to the other obligation set forth in this Agreement, because CrowdTangle is a Facebook Company, Applicants must comply with Facebook’s Privacy Principles available at https://www.facebook.com/about/basics/privacy-principles, as well as any ethical standards applicable to application to the Program and, if applicable, receipt and use of the Grant, 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.

Each Applicant acknowledges that participating in the program does not confer upon the Applicant any special recognition, endorsement, or affiliation with either of the Program Entities.

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 Grant recipient’s compliance with the obligations set forth in these Terms. Program Entities’ decisions will be final in all matters relating to this Program, including interpretation of these Terms and acceptance or rejection of potential Grant recipients any time.

Applicants agree to not damage or cause interruption of the Program and/or prevent others from applying to the 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 integrity of this Accelerator Program. ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE 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 an Applicant is disqualified, ineligible, or in violation of these Terms, Program Entities reserve the right in their sole discretion to remove the Applicant from Program consideration and Applicant will forfeit any Grant amounts. If the 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 Program.

In the event there is an alleged or actual ambiguity, discrepancy, or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any 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 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.

LICENSE AND RELEASE

By applying to the Program (except where prohibited by law), each individual submitting an application, on their behalf and on behalf of their organization, grants the Program Entities the irrevocable, sublicensable, absolute right and permission to use, publish, post or display the individual’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, any quotes attributable to her or him 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), and organization name and logo for advertising, trade, promotional and publicity purposes without further obligation or compensation of any kind to her or him or the organization, 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 the 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.

TAXES

Any and all amounts payable by Facebook to Grant Recipient due under these terms are considered inclusive of applicable sales, use, transfer, value added, withholding, income, and other taxes and/or duties (“Taxes”). In no event will Facebook be liable for any taxes that are based upon Grant Recipient’s net or gross income or gross receipts. Grant Recipient will provide Facebook with applicable tax ID, tax forms, documents, or certifications as may be required by applicable law for Facebook to satisfy any tax information reporting and/or withholding tax obligations with respect to any payments hereunder. Where applicable, Facebook may withhold from payments to Grant Recipient any taxes required to be withheld by Facebook under applicable law. In the event that any remittance made by Facebook to Grant Recipient is subject to any withholding tax, the full amount of that withholding tax shall be solely for Grant Recipient’s account. Facebook may deduct the full amount of such withholding tax from the gross amount owed to Grant Recipient and will pay the full amount withheld over to the competent tax authorities. Grant Recipient acknowledges that Facebook (and/or its Affiliates) may be subject to U.S. economic restrictions and trade sanctions. As such, Facebook reserves the right to deny payment when required by applicable law.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

EACH PARTICIPATING INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATION AND EACH OF ITS AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES, AGREES TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE PROGRAM ENTITIES, AND THEIR PARENT AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, AFFILIATES, DIVISIONS, FRANCHISEES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, SUB-CONTRACTORS, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, LEGAL COUNSEL, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROMOTIONAL, FULFILLMENT AND MARKETING AGENCIES (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FOR ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM AND RECEIPT OF ANY GRANT, 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- RELATED ACTIVITY. EACH PROGRAM APPLICANT AGREES THAT THE PROGRAM 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 APPLYING TO THE 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, THE BENEFITS OF SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., AND ANY SIMILAR LAW IN ANY JURISDICTION, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:

“CERTAIN CLAIMS NOT AFFECTED BY A GENERAL RELEASE. A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.”

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 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 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 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 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 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 both 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 Program at any stage, as determined by Program Entities, by any cause beyond the sole and reasonable control of the applicable Released Party (as determined by Program Entities in their sole discretion).

DISPUTES/GOVERNING LAW

Except where prohibited by law, any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action between an applicant and any Released Party arising out of or connected with this Program or these Terms must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action or legal action on behalf of any group. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will an applicant be permitted or entitled to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than the applicant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (if any), not to exceed ten dollars USD ($10 USD) and each applicant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

This Program and any dispute arising under these Terms or related to these Terms or the Program (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct, or otherwise) will be governed by the internal laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without giving effect to its conflicts of law or choice of law principles or rules that would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings related to this Program (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct, or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in or having jurisdiction over San Mateo County, California, U.S.A., and each applicant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of those courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of or related to this Program.

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