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facing homelessness in Los Angeles.
Tonight, nearly 53,200 people in LA live outside, in cars, or in shelters. The LA Homelessness Challenge offers $400,000 for the best service models and most impactful, game-changing solutions to end homelessness for as many of our neighbors as possible.
Learn about each step in the process.
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Review the traits the judges will use to score valid applications. Scores will be normalized for fairness.
Once a registrant has submitted an Application, we will conduct an initial Administrative Review of every submission, to ensure that they comply with our rules and other requirements. After we have qualified those submissions for assessment, every valid application is assigned to five of our Evaluation Panel members, will are responsible for assessing them using our Trait Scoring Rubric. Those judges will offer both scores and comments against each of four traits. Any assigned Evaluation Panel member will assess an applicant by resolving a score between 0-5 points for each trait, in increments of 0.1. Those scores will combine to produce a total score. Examples of possible scores for a trait are: 0.4, 3.7, 5.0, etc.
The most straightforward way to ensure that everyone is treated by the same standard would be to have the same judges score every application; unfortunately, due to the number of applications that we plan to receive, that is not possible.
Since the same judges will not score every application, the question of fairness needs to be carefully explained. One judge may be a hard grader, taking a more critical view by giving every assigned applicant a range of scores only between 1.0 and 2.0, as an example; meanwhile, another judge may be more generous, scoring any assigned applicant between 4.0 and 5.0.
For illustrative purposes, let’s look at the scores from two hypothetical judges:
The first judge is far more generous, as a scorer, than the second judge, who gives much lower scores. If your application was rated by the first judge, it would earn a much higher total score than if it was assigned to the second judge.
We have a way to address this issue. We work to ensure that no matter which judges are assigned to you, each application will be treated fairly. each application will be treated fairly. To do this, we utilize a mathematical technique relying on two measures of distribution, the mean and the standard deviation.
The mean takes all the scores assigned by a judge, adds them up, and divides them by the number of scores assigned, giving an average score.
Formally, we denote the mean like this:
The standard deviation measures the “spread” of a judge’s scores. As an example, imagine that two judges both give the same mean (average) score, but one gives many zeros and fives, while the other gives more ones and fours. It wouldn't be fair, if we didn’t consider this difference.
Formally, we denote the standard deviation like this:
To ensure that the judging process is fair, we rescale all the scores to match the judging population. In order to do this, we measure the mean and the standard deviation of all scores across all judges. Then, we change the mean score and the standard deviation of each judge to match.
We rescale the standard deviation like this:
Then, we rescale mean like this:
Basically, we are finding the difference between both distributions for a single judge and those for all of the judges combined, then adjusting each score so that no one is treated unfairly according to which judges they are assigned.
If we apply this rescaling process to the same two judges in the example above, we can see the outcome of the final resolved and normalized scores. They appear more similar, because they are now aligned with typical distributions across the total judging population.
We are pleased to answer any questions you have about the scoring process. You are able to ask questions related to the scoring process on the discussion forums once you register and begin developing your application.
Thank you for your interest in the LA Homelessness Challenge (the “Competition”). The Competition is sponsored by Watt Companies, with support provided by United Way of Greater LA/Home for Good Funders Collaborative and RAMPIT. Please know that by participating in this Competition and in accordance with these Rules you are eligible to receive various forms of recognition and a possible Award from our Competition Sponsor of up to $200,000 in the form of a grant or separate agreement administered by the Competition Sponsor’s designee, United Way of Greater Los Angeles/Home for Good Funders Collaborative. So, it is important to define the conditions of your participation. The Rules governing this Competition ("Rules") are stated here as an extension of the Terms & Conditions ("Terms") for use of this website. The full Terms are available for your review by accessing them on this website. Also, please note that other language contained on this website is an extension of these Rules and the Terms. The Rules constitute "Competition Terms and Conditions" under Clause 2.3 of the Terms. Capitalized words used but not defined in the Rules have meanings given to them in the Terms.
We welcome applications from Entities that have a recognized legal structure under applicable law and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which they are organized. Eligible organizations may include either nonprofit or for-profit Entities. While eligible Entities may enter into public partnerships with government agencies, government agencies are not eligible to apply. Universities and colleges, including those that may have been organized under State or federal charter, are eligible to apply. The following types of organizations are eligible:
Individuals or government agencies are not eligible to submit applications. Individuals who submit applications on behalf of an eligible organization and are also government officials or employees will be responsible for ensuring that their participation in the Competition is permitted by the rules and regulations relevant to their position and that they have obtained any authorization that may be required by virtue of their government position.
Organizations may join together in a single application subject to these Rules. However, any Award must be distributed to a single legal entity that will maintain the responsibility and authority for the use of (and reporting on) any funds and that will exercise in fact direction, control and supervision of the proposed project.
Any applicant organizations may be required to submit additional documents before consideration of any final Award, in addition to the application requirements published on this website:
Please take time to read the Sample Grant Agreement for any other possible requirements.
All applicants must demonstrate their financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project and to appropriately manage any Award, should they be designated as a Winner.
Competition Sponsor reserves the right to perform any background checks on key individuals associated with any proposed project, and the refusal by the key individuals to provide necessary authorizations may be a reason to reject any application for further consideration. Competition Sponsor also may request official or audited financial statements from any organization scheduled to receive any funds.
Competitors permit RAMPIT, the Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by the Competition Sponsor, to publish any Entry, Entry Content, or Content to other Competitor, Judges, the public, or other designees, as necessary, to promote greater transparency, collaboration, and follow-on investment for Competitors during and after the Competition. RAMPIT, the Competition Sponsors, and/or any entity designated by the Competition Sponsor may use content submitted by any Competitor in any way in order to promote the LA Homelessness Challenge, including publishing any such content to the public (including but not limited to posting such content on this website or other websites), to increase interest in any Application (and related content) to other potential funders, and to more broadly expose such content to the press and the general public for any purpose.
Any Winner will be expected to enter into a separate agreement with the Competition Sponsor, administered by the Competition Sponsor’s designee, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, containing key terms and conditions which are separate from these RULES and Terms posted on this website for this Competition. To ensure that you are prepared to enter into such a separate agreement, guidance is provided (see Sample Grant Agreement).
Any Winner who enters into a separate grant agreement to receive funding will be required to report progress towards milestone and other goals. Those reporting requirements will vary, based on the proposed project and Competition Sponsor. Please refer to the Sample Grant Agreement for more information.
We look forward to receiving your most thoughtful and creative Entry.
You may contact us with any questions or comments about these Rules. Please enter LA Homelessness Challenge in the subject line of your email. You may reach us at: email@example.com
For decades, homelessness has been an identifying marker for Los Angeles. In the midst of this crisis, incredible agencies and workers on the front lines have been making tangible differences in the lives of thousands. Over the past eight years, United Way and its Home For Good initiative have worked with public and private partners to put systems and policies around these solutions. And now with the passage of Measure H, we have a unique opportunity to further expand our best ideas and welcome a new era of game-changing approaches. This means solutions that are not only effective for one person or one neighborhood but service models and solutions that can spread and scale, ensuring our newfound public funds go to serve as many persons as possible. Our ultimate aim is to ensure homelessness is brief, rare, and non-recurring for all.
The LA Homelessness Challenge is an open, transparent, and fair opportunity to secure a grant of $200,000 to implement your team’s proposed solution. To help, you will find on this website what is required of you, how you’ll be judged, who will review your solution, and how your scores will be calculated. Every valid application will receive comments from policy and grantmaking experts and scores that are normalized to ensure fairness.
Any individual organization or a team of agencies/individuals from anywhere can apply, but each team must include one or more member(s) with seasoned experience working on the front lines in Los Angeles County. We invite solutions (and providers) from outside of Los Angeles, but those teams must show that they have a local understanding of LA’s landscape, needs, and system. Likewise, we want this opportunity to appeal to agencies that are already doing great work in LA County, who have a new approach they would like to put forward and grow. If you’ve been working on issues of homelessness – as a practitioner, researcher, program specialist, or administrator – then this is an opportunity to realize your most promising ideas. Please read our rules to understand the eligibility requirements, as you consider forming your own team.
The LA Homelessness Challenge calls our best and brightest to push the boundaries of what’s possible. And in return, we will deliver feedback, funding, or policy support to every team that applies. Change is possible—we need everyone in with your best ideas. Join us!
Director of Homeless Initiatives,
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
The Home For Good Funders Collaborative is proud to help present this Challenge, made possible with the generous prizes offered by Watt Family Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Funders Collaborative has coordinated investments from leading private and public funders to spark ideas, concepts, and systems that have gone on to become local and national standards. With the LA Homelessness Challenge, it is our ambition to continue helping innovators access the Los Angeles grant-making community and add even greater energy to these efforts at this critical juncture.
Each application will be read by a panel of judges, and while some will win prizes through the Challenge, all ideas will be taken into consideration for supplemental support by the Home For Good Funders Collaborative and policy partners. Additionally, each and every application will be provided with comments and feedback to further develop the proposed solutions. Please help us showcase real solutions to end homelessness in Los Angeles by offering your best effort.
We look forward to receiving your best ideas, the most game-changing approaches that you can offer, solutions that make real impact at broad scale and push the boundaries of what you can deliver.
The LA Homelessness Challenge is a competition for two grants of $200,000 each. Our intent is to deliver an experience to every applicant, that ensures an open, transparent, and fair process. We want to accomplish more than just awarding two winners. So, we are empaneling judges who will provide specific feedback to justify their scores and to ensure that every applicant realizes some value. Also, we are asking our judges to help support the best proposals, according to their own interests and using their own resources. For example, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Home For Good Funders’ Collaborative, Policy Team, and Business Leaders’ Taskforce may support proposed service solutions that are not selected for funding from LA Homelessness Challenge sponsors. And, especially impactful proposals will still be considered for technical assistance, introductions to partners, and/or pilot funding. We realize that this application requires a lot of you, and we are working to make sure that your effort is rewarded with more than just an opportunity to win one of two grants.
Please take time to read all of the application requirements before starting your submission. Also, we encourage you to read the Rules that define your role and responsibilities. Each application must be completed in English. Only registered organizations can apply. The submission deadline is September 5, 2018, at 12:00 PM, Pacific Time.
The following information is required to capture a basic understanding of the leadership, structure, capabilities, and vision of your team.
Each team must be led by one person, who assumes final responsibility for completing the application. The Application Lead Contact may delegate responsibilities to others, but he or she will act as the primary point of contact and must have a working knowledge of all decisions. Please provide the name and title of your Application Lead Contact. He or she may be different than the person who completed registration.
Please provide the name of the organization with whom your Application Lead Contact is affiliated. Any Winner(s) of the LA Homelessness Challenge will be required to enter into an Agreement with the Competition sponsors. Therefore, select your Application Lead Contact and his or her Primary Organization, based on the authority to enter into a binding contract on behalf of those accountable for implementing your proposed services. While some teams may include partner organizations, the Primary Organization must be affiliated with the Application Lead Contact and capable of representing any partners.
Please describe the legal structure of your Primary Organization. We accept applications from nonprofit agencies and for-profit ventures. The LA Homelessness Challenge welcomes teams with public partners, but your Primary Organization cannot be a government entity.
□ Nonprofit Organization
□ For-profit Venture
□ Other (non-government): _______________ (enter description of 10 words max)]
Please provide a narrative description of your management structure with the name/title for each team member, who assumes a key role/responsibility for overseeing the delivery of the proposed services. Describe the relationship between your senior leaders. You may describe a formal organizational chart, but we want to understand how your team members share responsibilities and/or hold one another accountable. This question applies both to teams that consist of one primary organization and teams that may incorporate other partner organizations. So, please take time to describe your management approach, regardless of how many people or organizations are affiliated.
Include a brief biographical statement for up to three of your team members who oversee the management of your services. You may also list the names and credentials of any key advisors, not included as a member of your team, who are responsible for providing counsel where management appears to lack relevant credentials. Emphasize any prior successes or achievement that is related to your proposed services. Focus on convincing our judges that your team has the talent and track record to deliver results.
If your team has agreed to partner with one or more other organization(s) in order to deliver services, provide a brief narrative of the structure of your partnerships, including any decision-making authority between the parties. Please note that your application requires that you have secured permission to represent any partner(s), to disclose information on behalf of any partner(s), and to propose any operational or financial information that is binding to any partner(s). Partnerships may include one or more nonprofit organizations, for-profit ventures, and/or government entities as secondary partners.
The LA Homelessness Challenge is open to any team from anywhere, so long as they offer effective and scalable service solutions to meet the needs of our local communities. While we invite participants from other regions, every team must include one or more member(s) with seasoned experience working on the front lines in Los Angeles County. Please choose one team member that understands relevant local conditions and describe his or her experience. Explain how he or she has shaped the development of the proposal. Has his or her background impacted one or more aspect(s) of your proposed service solution?
In this section, you will describe your service model. Take time to underscore both the specific strengths of your strategic approach and how your proposed implementation will impact target beneficiaries. The LA Homelessness Challenge is designed to invite a wide range of service solutions, so long as they align with the four traits upon which each application will be scored.
Provide one line of text that describes your proposed service solution.
Provide a summary of the most compelling aspects of your service solution. Keep your summary to one paragraph. We may use this content to describe our strongest applications on our website and/or privately to our partners. Use plain language, avoid acronyms, and appeal to the general public.
Los Angeles County has engaged local stakeholders and published a comprehensive set of Approved Strategies to Combat Homelessness, which were expanded after the passage of Measure H. The resulting set of approved strategies represent six areas of intervention that are broken into specific parts, covering a wide range of issues (from preventing homelessness to delivering housing). Please familiarize yourself with each approved strategy and select one or more that best encompass(es) your proposed service solution. While some approved strategies aim toward housing, the LA Homeless Challenge focuses on service solutions - capital construction is not an eligible use of this award. Later this year, we intend to launch a separate competition to support innovation in housing development. Nonetheless, we realize that services and housing are inextricably linked. For example, your team may be developing housing while seeking funds to offer supportive services for residents. Once you have selected one or more approved strategies, please continue referencing how your proposal aligns and improves upon one or more of them throughout your application.
Public and private partners have pioneered a platform to facilitate the coordination of services to those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County with the success of the Coordinated Entry System (CES). CES provides a common database with data sharing, a real-time list of individuals experiencing homelessness in our communities, a common intake form with questions to assess resource eligibility level and need for supportive services, and basic tools to match users with resources, such as Section 8 vouchers and reserved shelter beds. It features a shared set of human resources with regional coordinators, outreach teams, system navigators, benefits advocates, and housing locators, ready to assist as many participants in CES as possible. With over 100 participating public and community-based agencies, effective alignment with CES is a meaningful way to scale and connect solutions to other partners and users.
Please describe how you plan to utilize and/or enhance the CES platform as one element of your plan to scale your proposed service solution. If you are not yet prepared to address CES specific integration plans, please offer an explanation for how your team will integrate your service model across the wider network of public/private partners and draw on system resources. How else does your project braid together and leverage other existing programs and resources?
Describe the specific aspects of the particular issue that you are trying to solve. Outline why your team has chosen this problem. Use data to describe the scope of the problem within Los Angeles County and focus on the relative importance of it (as compared to other issues).
Now that you have described what you are offering and why, illustrate an understanding of who you are serving. If your services are generally available to people experiencing homelessness, please describe that population, as you understand them. If you’ve chosen any priority populations or demographics within the larger homelessness communities of Los Angeles County, please describe them, their needs, and what aspects of your service solution are particular to their unique needs.
Convince the judges that you have taken the time to understand the environment where you have chosen to implement your proposed service solution within Los Angeles County. Describe any operational or tactical hurdles that are most relevant within your chosen community or communities. We recognize that some service solutions more naturally elicit a geographic focus while others do not. If your services are not specific to one area, then please select the community that presents your greatest challenge(s) for engaging target beneficiaries, describe those local conditions, and explain how your services are designed to overcome barriers in that community.
All service solutions are based on some empirical claim of effectiveness. Use academic literature and/or your own data to describe why your technical approach is likely to achieve results. Use this section to outline both your strategic intent and any specific technical or tactical tools that you plan to deploy. This is your opportunity to show that you’ve done your research, that you’ve studied what works (and what doesn’t) and that you are prepared to substantiate any claims of effectiveness.
Describe the projected measurable outcome of your service solution. Include the number of target beneficiaries that you plan to reach, the specific impact on those recipients of your services, and the long-term effect of your intervention. As you assert any claims, make your case based on the most realistic explanation of your proposed effort. How will you define success? If your proposal also includes certain intended outcomes that are less measurable, such as how local communities perceive or regard homeless residents, please describe them. But, start with the most quantitative aspects of your projected impact.
Provide the way in which you plan to measure the overall impact of your service solution. You will choose how to calculate your performance, but you are required to submit both your projected goals and the means through which you will track results. While service solutions may vary according to their goals and the way in which they define success, our judges will assess your response according to how precisely your methodologies will track meaningful outcomes and how closely your metrics are linked to a realistic assessment of your performance.
We want to understand how you would spend $200,000, if your team is named as a Winner of the LA Homelessness Challenge. Provide a comprehensive narrative overview of your project plan by describing the chronological sequence of key tasks to implement your service solution (be sure to identify the total time required). Identify important milestones. Highlight how specific deliverables are essential to achieving measured results that you have projected. Another trait that our judges are asked to consider is “Feasibility.” This is your opportunity to impress them with your level of detail and your understanding of the effort required to implement your service solution. While many service solutions are not linear in their implementation, focus on describing a chronological sequence of steps that you will take over a specific amount of time, if you are named as a Winner of the LA Homelessness Challenge.
Los Angeles County is prepared to address homelessness at an unprecedented scale. With the passage of Measures H & HHH, local service providers are set to realize increases in public funding that are exponentially greater than ever before. But, not every program is designed to scale, and we need programs that are designed to grow past their current limits as more resources are deployed and as more attention turns to expanding the current network of providers. Explain how your service solution is prepared to grow and expand, over what time, and given what necessary resources. You’ve already explained how much you can accomplish with $200,000. What will it take to expand and grow your service model, to reach even more people with the same level of projected impact per person?
In your answer, include how your service solution can be applied or adapted beyond your target geography to meet the diverse needs of LA County’s many communities.
The first trait that each judge is asked to consider when scoring your application is “Game-Changing.” Please take time to review that trait and each scoring range definition in our rubric before responding. Explain how your service solution is bold and ambitious. We understand that many meaningful solutions are not designed to grab headlines – sometimes the most effective approach is to deliver more of what already works best, but scaling an effective approach starts with changing the fundamentals of how those services are delivered. Whether you choose to introduce an entirely new approach to meeting the needs of local communities or ensuring a broader and more meaningful impact on target beneficiaries, we need to understand how your proposal is targeted at the unique nuances of a challenge and is designed to deliver long-term improvement. This is your opportunity to convince our judges that your service solution is better than what is available today.
While the information provided in the previous section is intended to reveal strategic and practical implementation plans for your service solution, we also require other information necessary for our judges to understand the financial needs of your proposal. You are required to submit a comprehensive budget and complementary explanations for the $200,000 being offered by the LA Homelessness Challenge. But, you are also encouraged to provide additional information that would inform other funders, if they decide to support your proposal with other resources. Please read the instructions carefully.
What are the detailed costs to implement your service solution within your specified duration? Please list and describe each cost category in the following table. If they require further explanation, you may submit NOTES at the end of the table. Your total project cost should not exceed $200,000. While administrative expenditures are an eligible expense, please note that we do not accept general line item descriptions, like Overhead – you must specifically describe what costs are incurred as part of each line item. While there is no prescribed “cap” or limit for any line item, it is incumbent upon each applicant to deliver a clear and compelling budget, identifying cost categories that are described in your previous project plan.
Your BUDGET (above) may not exceed $200,000. However, some may have already secured other funds to realize their proposal, and we encourage you to offer detailed explanations of any other leveraged funds. While teams are not provided any advantages for sizing up their proposals from additional sources, if your description of any other funders includes due diligence on their part to support your claims of credibility, please describe those implied endorsements.
Please offer a brief narrative description of any “other needs” that are not financial, such as Board development, technical assistance, etc., that would help your team to achieve even stronger projected outcomes. We intend to use this information to connect top performing applicants with our network of partners, who may be able to help you meet those needs.
We recognize that our Application is rigorous and time consuming. Thank you for completing it. However, we also want to provide a final opportunity for your team to raise any other considerations. Here, you may emphasize or expand upon a previous point or provide new information, as necessary.
This is your chance to leave a strong final impression. We intend to use the video quick pitches to generate excitement for our applicants. We want the public and our funding partners to see the broad range of game-changing proposals that you’ve provided. So, try to emphasize those elements of your proposal that are most impactful and that embody your unique approach to this work.
Make a personal connection with our judges by offering an overview of your proposal in a one-minute video. It is not our intention to solicit highly produced or expensive video content. Rather, in our experience, the most effective videos are the most authentic. Try to capture your commitment to your proposal and deliver a clear and compelling explanation that anyone can understand and appreciate.
Your Video Pitch must follow these guidelines:
Here are some logistical and technical suggestions:
Here are general suggestions for delivering a high-quality video pitch:
Hone your content:
Practice numerous times and solicit feedback from colleagues, family, and friends before submitting.
You will record your video and upload to YouTube; then, you will enter your YouTube Video ID.
If you are chosen as a Winner of the LA Homelessness Challenge, you will be required to provide additional information in order to enter into a contractual agreement which may include, but is not limited to:
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• If you are a public charity under the Internal Revenue Code, a statement sharing a lobbying budget in which you specify the amount of lobbying expenses and non-lobbying expenses.
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1.17 "RAMPIT" means RAMPIT, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, with a mailing address at 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210.
1.18 "RAMPIT Affiliate" means an entity affiliated with RAMPIT by ownership or common ownership (including The Common Pool, LLC, and 23Com Software, LLC) or any subsidiary of RAMPIT.
1.19 “Rules” means any set of provisions that establish specific conditions, under which participants are bound, that are posted on this website, either as a notice of an extension of these Competition Terms and Conditions or in addition to these Competition Terms and Conditions.
1.20 "Services" means the services provided by RAMPIT on or via this Website and includes all Competitions.
1.21 Third Party Sites" means sites and resources located on servers maintained by others over whom RAMPIT has no control.
1.22 "User" means any person who has registered a user account on this Website. The term "User" includes all Competitors.
1.23 "User Account" means Your online account with RAMPIT which enables You to use this Website and includes (but is not limited to) Your username, password, rating score and feedback.
1.24 "Website" means any web pages contained within this domain and any sub-domains and all underlying software and infrastructure which permits the holding of Competitions. Where the context permits, ‘Website’ or 'website' includes the Services provided on the Website.
1.25 "Winner" means, in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, those Competitor(s) whose Entries are selected by a Competition Sponsor as a winner of any Award(s). Competitors may disqualify their Entries from this selection by expressly informing RAMPIT of their decision within 48 hours after the close of the competition.
1.26 "You" means the person or team using the Website, including a User, or an Entity duly organized and validly existing under state or federal law in the United States of America or the host country of origin that is represented on the Website by a User that is a person at least 18 years of age who is the duly authorized representative of such Entity.
1.27 "Your" means the possessive of the person or team using the Website, including a User.2. Agreement to be bound
2.1 Use of this Website is subject to this Agreement. You agree to be bound by this Agreement and any subsequent amendments to this Agreement, as set forth below.
2.2 RAMPIT reserves the right to amend or modify this Agreement at any time, provided that if such modifications materially limit Your rights and/or expand Your obligations hereunder, RAMPIT will notify You electronically, such as by email or through the Website, either means are equally sufficient. Such material modifications will take effect on the earlier of the date You indicate Your assent (by clicking "Accept" or otherwise) or 30 calendar days after RAMPIT's notice by email or on this Website. No modification of the Agreement will apply to any dispute between You and RAMPIT that arose prior to the effective date of the modification. If at any time You disagree with the Agreement or any modifications thereof, You may terminate this Agreement and shall cease using this Website. Your continued use of the Website after the revised Agreement becomes effective (such as following notice as set forth above) indicates that You have read, understood, and agreed to the revised Agreement. Any new or different terms supplied by You are specifically rejected by RAMPIT unless RAMPIT agrees to them in a signed writing specifically including those new or different terms.
2.3 The LA Homelessness Challenge may be subject to additional terms and conditions ("Competition Terms and Conditions"). Competition Terms and Conditions will apply in addition to this Agreement and will not limit this Agreement in any way unless RAMPIT notifies the parties to a Competition that this Agreement is amended by the Competition Terms and Conditions. If RAMPIT does not provide such notification to the parties, this Agreement will prevail in the event of any inconsistency between it and the Competition Terms and Conditions. Also, please note that any Content on this website is an extension of the Competition Terms and Conditions and may be edited or changed as necessary, to extend or modify the Competition Terms and Conditions.
2.4 RAMPIT may alter this Website from time to time by adding or removing features. This Agreement will not be affected by any alterations to this Website or any adding or removing of the features.
2.5 Users may use this Website, including but not limited to those in the capacity of a Competitor. This Agreement will apply to Your use of the Website in that capacity, but Users may also include Competition Administrators or representatives of the Competition Sponsor, and any conditions placed on them as Users are identified in the Terms.
3.1 In order to participate in any Competition, You must register as a User. Participation on this Website is free.
3.2 Participation is available only to Entities that are able to form legally binding contracts under applicable law. If You do not accept this Agreement, You will not be permitted to participate in any Competition or otherwise access or use the Website in any way.
3.3 Without limiting Clause 3.2 above, participation is not available to individuals. By entering, you agree that you represent an eligible entity and are not:
3.4 When registering as a User, You warrant to RAMPIT that:
3.5 No individual or represented Entity may register more than once (for example, by using a different username/email).
3.6 Acceptance of registration is at the sole discretion of RAMPIT. If RAMPIT believes that any registration has been made in contravention of clauses 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 or 3.5 above (or otherwise in breach of this Agreement), it may refuse to accept the registration.
3.7 You are responsible for all use of this Website with Your User Account (and/or username/email or password), whether or not You are aware of any particular use by another party or could reasonably have been aware of that use by another party. You agree to notify RAMPIT immediately if You become aware of any unauthorized use of Your User Account.
3.8 Your User Account is personal to You and may not be sold, assigned or transferred to another party. If You attempt to sell, assign or transfer Your User Account to another party, RAMPIT may suspend or terminate Your participation at its sole discretion.
3.9 RAMPIT may communicate with You through the username/email that You provide at registration. You agree to notify RAMPIT immediately if there are any changes to Your details. If You fail to notify RAMPIT of any changes to Your details, You agree to waive any objection, claim, defense or recourse You might have had as a consequence of RAMPIT failing to communicate with You. If You change Your email address and fail to notify RAMPIT of the change, RAMPIT will be deemed to have communicated with You on the date on which it communicated with the email address most recently provided by You.
3.10 You warrant that any Content provided or posted by You (through registration or otherwise):
3.11 If RAMPIT believes that any Content contravenes Clause 3.10 (or any other provision of this Agreement), it may remove that Content and/or take any other steps as it deems necessary to protect itself or other parties against any Loss. To the maximum extent permitted by law, RAMPIT will not be liable for any Loss to any person arising from the removal of Content under this Section.
4.1 Subject to Clause 4.2, You may terminate Your participation at any time and without cause by notifying RAMPIT through this Website.
4.2 If You terminate Your participation, this Agreement and any other applicable terms and conditions will continue to apply to any Postings made by You prior to giving the notice described in Clause 4.1 above.
4.3 RAMPIT may, in its absolute discretion, terminate or suspend Your participation at any time and without notice if it believes that:
4.4 If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may in its absolute discretion withdraw any Postings submitted or made by You. If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may, at its sole discretion, immediately withdraw Your Entry or Entries, which will have no force and effect from the date on which Your participation was terminated.
4.5 Subject to Clause 4.4, if RAMPIT suspends Your participation, any entries or other Postings submitted or made by You may be suspended for the period in which Your participation is suspended.
4.6 If Your participation is terminated, either by You or by RAMPIT:
5. Use of this Website
5.1 You must not use the Website to facilitate or participate in any illegal activity or engage in any activity which RAMPIT, in its absolute discretion, considers inappropriate. RAMPIT reserves the right to terminate or restrict Your access to this Website immediately and indefinitely if it suspects that You are engaging in any such behavior or are in breach of any terms of this Agreement. You agree that You will only use Your User Account and this Website for the purposes of using the Services and for no other purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, in using Your User Account and accessing the Website, You agree not to:
6.1 If You are registered as a Competitor, You agree and acknowledge that:
6.2 RAMPIT and Competition Sponsor reserves the right to conduct an administrative review of any Entry or any Competitor in order to screen for completeness and other Entry Content requirements (as described in the Competition Terms and Conditions) before distributing approved Entries to Judges.
6.3 Competitors permit RAMPIT, Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by a Competition Sponsor, to publish any Entry, Entry Content, or Content to the public, other Competitors, Judges or other designees, as necessary, to promote greater transparency, collaboration, and follow-on investment for Competitors during and after the Competition.
7.1 RAMPIT is not involved in any way in the formation of any contract between any Competitor and Competition Sponsor. RAMPIT at no time acts as an agent for any Competitor.
7.2 RAMPIT will not be liable to You in any respect if Competition Sponsor or Competitor fails to perform its obligations under this Agreement or the Competition.
7.3 Competition Sponsor will at all times be responsible for the bestowal of any Award(s) in accordance with the Agreement and the Competition Terms and Conditions. RAMPIT will have no liability whatsoever in respect to the failure of Competition Sponsor to bestow any Award(s), and You acknowledge and agree that You will not take action of any kind against RAMPIT in respect to any claim for any Award(s) that You may or may not have or wish to make.
8.1 Any Winner agrees that any Award is conditional upon receipt by Competition Sponsor of any Entry Content used or consulted by that Winner in generating the winning Entry and that any Award will not be bestowed until this condition has been satisfied.
8.2 Any Winner and the Competition Sponsor acknowledge and agree that, once any Winner has been chosen and notified, Competition Sponsor will elect to enter into a separate agreement (a “Separate Agreement”) with the Entity represented by that Winner. The Sample Grant Agreement is provided here for reference. RAMPIT and its third-party providers will not be a party to any such Separate Agreement and will have no responsibility or liability whatsoever in relation to the performance or failure to perform under any such Separate Agreement.
8.3 The Competition Sponsor acknowledges that RAMPIT does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or utility of any Entry or associated Entry Content from a Winner.
9.1 You will be responsible for any tax, levy, or other charge that may arise under any applicable law from the use of this website, including from receiving any Award(s). You acknowledge that You will not be entitled to demand any additional payment by reason of any Award(s) being subject to any tax, levy, or other charge in any jurisdiction.
10.1 THIS WEBSITE AND SERVICES, AND ALL CONTENT ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, RAMPIT AND THE COMPETITION SPONSOR AND THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS OF EACH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RAMPIT DOES NOT WARRANT THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES AND THE CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH IT, INCLUDING THE ENTRIES AND ASSOCIATED ENTRY CONTENT, TO BE AVAILABLE, ACCURATE, USEFUL, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, LOSS OF DATA, OR OTHER HARM THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE SERVICES).
10.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL RAMPIT OR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS OF EITHER BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, EVEN IF RAMPIT OR THE COMPETITION SPONSORS OR THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF EITHER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, You agree that neither RAMPIT NOR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR are responsible for any Loss arising out of, or in any way connected with:
10.3 For the avoidance of doubt, You acknowledge that RAMPIT is a provider of an interactive computer service and that neither RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR are a publisher under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, and therefore not responsible for any of the Users' Postings. If, notwithstanding the provisions of this Clause 10.3, a court of competent jurisdiction holds RAMPIT or the COMPETITION SPONSOR liable in respect of any matters arising under or incidental to this Agreement, RAMPIT'S AND THE COMPETITION SPONSOR'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR RELATED SERVICES (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE) WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR USING THIS WEBSITE DURING THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING YOUR CLAIM, OR, IF NO AMOUNT WAS PAID, SUCH LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO $100.
10.4 You agree that neither RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR nor the third-party providers of either will be liable or responsible for any failure in, or delay to, the provision of the Services or in RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR complying with its obligations under this Agreement where such failure or delay has arisen as a direct or indirect result of:
11.1 You agree to indemnify and hold RAMPIT and the COMPETITION SPONSOR, its owners, officers, employees, agents and suppliers, harmless from all claims and Losses (including legal fees) due to or arising out of or in connection with Your Postings, Competition, Competition Information and other Content (as applicable), Your use of this Website, or Your breach of this Agreement.
12.1 Neither RAMPIT nor the COMPETITION SPONSOR represents or warrants that the content on this Website complies with the laws of any country outside of the United States. If You access this Website from outside the United States, You do so at Your own risk.
13.1 You acknowledge that, as between the parties, RAMPIT is the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights in and to this Website. You acknowledge that You have no Intellectual Property Rights in or to this Website or to any Postings except for a limited license to use this Website as necessary to participate in a Competition or evaluate the possibility of such participation.
13.2 You acknowledge that all text, graphics, user interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos and artwork, including the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, 'look and feel' and arrangement of such Content, provided by RAMPIT or its licensors on this Website is owned or licensed by or to RAMPIT and is protected by applicable copyright, patent and trademark laws and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. No such Content can be copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without RAMPIT's prior written consent. You shall not use the name of any Competition Sponsor (for example, “Watt Companies”) or any variation, adaptation, or abbreviation thereof, or the name of any Competition Sponsor’s Board members, officers, employees, or agents, or any trademark owned by a Competition Sponsor, in any promotional material or other public announcement or disclosure, nor copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without the prior written consent of the relevant party, which consent any Competition Sponsor may withhold in its sole discretion.
14.1 From time to time, RAMPIT may provide, or any Content may contain, links to Third Party Sites and resources. You acknowledge that:
14.2 You acknowledge and agree that neither RAMPIT nor any Competition Sponsor will be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any Loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with Your use of or reliance on any Content or material available on or through any Third Party Sites or resource.
15.1 In the interest of resolving disputes between You and RAMPIT or any Competition Sponsor in the most expedient and cost effective manner, You and RAMPIT or any Competition Sponsor agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of this Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, You and RAMPIT or the Competition Sponsor are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
15.2 You and RAMPIT or any Competition Sponsor each agree that nothing herein shall be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit any rights to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims.
15.3 Any arbitration between You and RAMPIT or any Competition Sponsor will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
15.4 A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for You, by electronic mail ("Notice"). RAMPIT's address for Notice is: RAMPIT, LLC, 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may direct correspondence to the Competition Sponsor’s address at Watt Companies, ATTN: Jennifer Awni (Chief Administrative Officer), 2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 2025, Santa Monica, CA 90405; Jennifer Awni will direct your correspondence to any of the other Competition Sponsors, as necessary. The Notice must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and, (b) set forth the specific relief sought. We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 calendar days after the Notice is received, You may commence arbitration proceedings.
15.5 Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon by the parties to the arbitration or, if a location cannot be agreed upon, then it will be agreed upon by the arbitrator(s), provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, You may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 calendar days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.
15.6 YOU AND RAMPIT OR ANY COMPETITION SPONSOR AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
15.7 If only Clause 15.6 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 15 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 17 shall govern any action arising out of or related to the Agreement.
16.1 If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing RAMPIT's copyright agent (the "Copyright Agent") with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
16.2 RAMPIT's designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Copyright Agent, RAMPIT, LLC, 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210, email: email@example.com. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 17, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
16.3 If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
16.4 If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, RAMPIT may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content provider, member or user, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at RAMPIT's sole discretion.
17.1 As defined in Clause 1.1, this Agreement is the entire agreement between You and RAMPIT relating to the subject matter herein, and supersedes all previous communications, representations, understandings and agreements, either oral or written, between You and RAMPIT with respect to said subject matter. This Agreement shall not be modified except in a writing signed by both parties, or by a change made as provided in Clause 2.2. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which is severable from said provision and will remain in full force and effect.
17.2 If You breach any provision of this Agreement and RAMPIT has knowledge (either actual or constructive) of that breach, a failure to pursue legal action or to enforce any remedy against You will not constitute a waiver of its legal rights. Any waiver of rights under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by RAMPIT.
17.3 All matters relating to this Website and this Agreement are governed by and are to be construed according to the laws applicable in the state of Tennessee, United States (without regard to any rules governing choice of law). If one or more of the exceptions from arbitration expressly set forth in Section 15 above apply, You agree unconditionally to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Davidson County, Tennessee, in relation to all matters arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or this Website.
17.4 RAMPIT may assign its rights and novate or transfer obligations which arise under this Agreement. You must not assign, novate or otherwise transfer Your rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of RAMPIT. Any assignment attempted in violation of this Clause shall be void.
17.5 The parties agree that no rule of construction applies to the disadvantage of a party because that party was responsible for the preparation of this Agreement or part of it.
17.6 Unless otherwise requested in writing by You, RAMPIT may refer to You and Your corporate identity (if applicable) as part of promoting this Website and RAMPIT in the marketplace.
17.7 RAMPIT accepts content uploaded from Users in good faith and on the basis of warranties provided by Users. It is Your responsibility at all times to investigate and become satisfied as to the accuracy of the information provided by any other party (including all Users) on this Website. RAMPIT at no time makes any representations as to the accuracy of any information provided on this Website.
17.8 You acknowledge and agree that to the extent that this Agreement relates to a Competition, a prospective Competition or any Posting, this Agreement is intended also to be for the benefit of the Competition Sponsor, the Competitors and other Users, who are entitled to enforce the provisions of this Agreement against You.
17.9 All notices, requests, demands, consents, approvals, offers, agreements or other communications given by You to RAMPIT must be emailed to RAMPIT at firstname.lastname@example.org
17.10 In the interpretation of this Agreement, unless the contrary intention appears:
17.11 This Competition is a skills-based challenge to resolve bona fide requirements and not, for clarity, any game(s) of chance.