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Zero Impact Fund

Contest for USA Employees at Eligible
IHEs to Increase Campus Sustainability

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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PepsiCo Recycling

Deadline Date:

12/20/19 11:59 PM ET


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Competition for USA employees at eligible IHEs to develop projects that increase sustainability in college campuses. Prize money is intended for the implementation of the project, and winners may receive up to $10,000. Support is given to initiatives that create positive social, economic, or environmental impacts on campus. Funding may be used to enhance existing projects or institute new projects.

Winning proposals will explain how the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund would help each school reach its sustainability goals and will be judged based on the following criteria: 1) Environmental Impact, 2) Social Impact, 3) Desirability/Feasibility/Longevity, 4) Ingenuity, and 5) Cost Effectiveness.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187481

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Cash prize awards may range between $500 and $10,000 per selected applicant, up to a maximum of 400 cash prize packages or $200,000 total awarded. Maximum prize per school is ten thousand dollars ($10,000). If multiple applications from a single school are selected by the judges then each separate application may be awarded as long as the total does not exceed the $10,000 maximum per school.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be capable of being completed within 12 months from the date of funds disbursement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age (19 in AL or NE) or older and authorized to sign on behalf of an eligible school. All active Pepsi beverage pour colleges/universities, as defined as school locations who have either a Direct, Indirect Contract, or a Direct Agreement with PepsiCo, Inc to serve beverages are eligible to participate (“Eligible Contest Participants” or “Applicant”).

Eligible Contest Participants who submitted an Application as a “for-profit organization” or “non-profit organization” will need to submit evidence of the (i) legal status of the organization such as organizing documents, articles of incorporation, trust agreements, charter, tax classification or certification from appropriate authorities; and (ii) proof of good standing of the organization.

Ineligible Applicants:
Employees, contractors, directors, and officers of PepsiCo, Inc., Pepsi Beverages Company, Pepsi-Cola Management & Administrative Services, Inc., (“Sponsor”), Pepsi-Cola Company and its bottlers and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, distributors, web design, advertising, fulfillment, judging and promotion agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment and execution of this Sweepstakes (collectively “Sponsor and Promotion Parties”), and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and/or “step” of each) and those living in the same households as such employees are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted between 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 14, 2019 and 11:59:59 p.m. ET on December 20, 2019.

If a college or university desires to submit an Application, it must designate authorized individual(s) as the Participant to submit the Application (“Participant”). Participant must be employed by the college or university. Ideas from students or non-employee stakeholders are encouraged to be incorporated, but only employees of the college or university may submit Application(s) as Participant(s).

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming