Program. The goal of Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc.’s Dig’n The Dirt grant program is to create sustainable educational programs, activities, lessons, or events to excite students about creating a better planet through gardening. The grant(s) will be posted on the Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. website (www.keepcobbbeautiful.org) for use by the community for helpful guidelines, created by educators for educators, on how to develop innovative educational programs.
Sponsor. The KCB Dig’n The Dirt grant program is funded by grants and contributions, and sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc., 1772 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30008.
Eligibility. The KCB Dig’n The Dirt grant program is open to all Cobb County public and private schools (including Marietta City Schools), limit one application per school. Applications not containing the required information will be disqualified. Verification of eligibility may be required. By applying, KCB grant program entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.
Entry. The KCB Dig’n The Dirt grant application period begins October 7, 2022 and ends on November 7, 2022. The application must be submitted no later than November 7, 2022 by 8:00 p.m. The program must be completed by December 1, 2023.
Judging. Judging will be performed by the Greening Committee made up of KCB Board members and KCB staff who will select the grantee(s) based on the criteria below. All decisions are final.
Judging Criteria. The judges will select the grantee(s) whose submissions receive the highest point totals based on the criteria below:
- Educational focus or curriculum standards integration (20 points)
- Innovative use of resources (15 points)
- The numbers of students involved (15 points)
- Administrative support/Staff involvement (15 points)
- Social aspects of gardening (10 points)
- Community service (10 points)
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 85
Selection and Notification. Grantee(s) will be selected from all qualified applications and announced on or about December 5, 2022 by Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc., whose decision will be final and binding.
Use of Grantees’ Names. Eligible Grantee acknowledges and agrees that the name and city will be posted online at www.keepcobbbeautiful.org, and possibly at the Cobb County Schools website (www.cobbk12.org). Further, Grantee(s) agrees to grant Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. and Cobb County Schools the right to publish the lesson plans, activities, and outcomes of the Dig’n The Dirt program. Grantee may also be requested, after award of the grant, to participate in further promotional activities.
Grants. Each Grantee could receive up to a maximum of $800. The award amount will be based on the size and scope of the project and the number of awards granted. Under no circumstances are grantees eligible for grants which exceed the cost of the submitted budget in the application.
Reporting Requirements. Each grantee will be required to file two reports with the Keep Cobb Beautiful Education Committee. The first report will be an interim report due by June 5, 2023. The final report will be due by December 4, 2023. The reporting forms will be available online. The reporting forms will be available for download from our website https://www.keepcobbbeautiful.org. If the grantee does not submit the reports with documentation regarding expenditures and curricular integration by the due dates, Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. reserves the right to demand that the grant amount be refunded in full immediately. Failure to meet this reporting requirement will negate the school from future Dig’n The Dirt grants. If the school is a previous recipient of grant funds, all previous reporting requirements must have been or will be met to qualify for additional funds.
Grant Restrictions. Each eligible Grantee may receive only one grant. Before grants are released, Grantee(s) must executive an Affidavit of Administrative Support, attesting to support from the school administrator, as well as verifying that the grant funds will be used for their stated purpose.
Unlawful Conduct and Disqualification. Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Grantee and terminate the grant who a) tampered with the application process; b) is an ineligible school; c) submits more than the allowed number of applications; d) conducts or administers the submitted program inconsistent with the program application, these rules, or the stated purpose and goal of the Dig’n The Dirt Program.
Release. By acceptance of any grant, the grantee(s) agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc., any other sponsors, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotional agencies, representatives, award package suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company's officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including but not limited to, personal injury, death or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participating in the Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. Dig'n The Dirt grant program, or receipt, use or misuse of any grant awarded herein.
Limitation of Liability and Remedies. NEITHER THE SPONSOR NOR ANY OTHER RELEASED PARTY SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY APPLICATIONS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE, LATE, GARBLED, MUTILATED, ILLEGIBLE, DELAYED, MISDELIVERED, LOST, DAMAGED, STOLEN, DELETED OR LOST DURING TRANSMISSION, MISDIRECTED OR OTHERWISE NOT TIMELY OR ACCURATELY DELIVERED OR DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET OR UNDERSTAND. ENTRIES RECEIVED BY US THAT ARE INCOMPLETE, LATE, GARBLED, MUTILATED, ILLEGIBLE, DELAYED, MISDELIVERED, LOST, DAMAGED, STOLEN, DELETED OR LOST DURING TRANSMISSION, MISDIRECTED OR OTHERWISE NOT TIMELY OR ACCURATELY DELIVERED OR DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET OR UNDERSTAND SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS AND WE WILL NOT DELIVER ANY NOTICE OF SUCH INELIGIBILITY TO THE PARTICIPANT.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONJUNCTION OR CONNECTION WITH ENTRANTS' PARTICIPATION IN THE KCB GRANT AWARD PROGRAM POSTING ON OR ACCESS AND/OR DOWLOAD OF ANY MATERIALS OR INFORMATION FORM ANY WEBSITE OWNED, OPERATED OR CONTROLLED BY KEEP COBB BEAUTIFUL, INC. OR COBB COUNTY, AND/OR ANY GRANT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ITS ACCEPTANCE OR USAGE) AWARDED TO GRANTEE(S) IN CONNECTION WITH THE KCB GRANT AWARD PROGRAM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DAMAGES FOR BODILY OR PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, EVEN IF THE RELEASED PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSS, ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY, IF ANY, OF THE RELEASED PARTIES ARISING OUT OF ANY KIND OF CLAIM (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE DOLLAR ($1.00).
Indemnification. Each Eligible Grantee agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any loss, damage or expense (including court costs and attorneys' fees) that Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc., and/or any of the Released Parties together with each of the parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, and each of its and their successors or assigns, may suffer or incur as a result or in conjunction or connection with the KCB Grant Program, or the grant awarded to any grantee (including, without limitation, the receipt and/or use of said grant).
Grantee(s) List. The list of grantees will be available at the Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. website www.keepcobbbeautiful.org.
Force Majeure. The failure of Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc. to comply with any provision of the Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, terrorism, fire, riot, earthquake, actions of governmental authorities outside the control of Keep Cobb Beautiful, Inc., or other force majeure event shall not be considered a breach of these Official Grant Program Rules.