Teacher Grant Guidelines

Lesson plan requirements

The subject matter for lesson plans must pertain to energy and/or sustainability. Lesson plans should include all of the following criteria to be considered for a grant opportunity:

Lesson plans should be received no later than 5 p.m. EST October 21, 2016. Proper submission includes filling out the form with this information: your name, school name and address, your email address, the time needed to teach the lesson, the appropriate grade level and all materials needed.

All lesson plans must be submitted online using the submission form here.

Applicant eligibility

Applicants must be employed full-time as a kindergarten through eighth grade teacher at an elementary school or middle school in the United States. Participating schools must appear in the National Center for Education Statistics database (available at https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/). Applicants must also intend to continue teaching throughout the 2016-2017 school year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States.

Description of funds

Six (6) applicants (the “recipients”) will receive a one-time $500 grant in the form of a Visa Reward Card to be applied toward materials for teaching students about energy and sustainability. Funds are provided by Save On Energy, LLC d/b/a SaveOnEnergy.com (the “Company”). The funds will be addressed to the recipients and mailed to the school designated by the recipient on his/her submission form.

Recipient selection and announcement

After the deadline, the recipients will be selected by a team of judges following review of all entries received prior to the deadline. Entries are judged on completion of all directions, creativity, opportunity for student enrichment and opportunities for student participation. The recipients will be announced by or before November 4, 2016, on SaveOnEnergy.com and notified directly by the Company by email at the email address provided by the recipient upon submission of his/her entry. Each recipient's lesson plan will be posted on SaveOnEnergy.com. Judges will include members of the Company's marketing and content teams. If a recipient is disqualified or fails to contact Company within 72 hours of being notified of the results, Company reserves the right to determine an alternate recipient or not to award a grant, in its sole discretion.

Responsibilities of applicants/recipients

By participating in this program, each applicant expressly: (A) releases the Company and its employees and agents from any liability or claim of any kind or nature for any loss, claim, damages, or injury of any kind associated with participation in the program and acceptance, possession or use of any prize; (B) accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and Company's decisions relating to participation in the program, selection of recipients, and awarding of grants, all such decisions being final; and (C) agrees that South Carolina law governs this program without regard to conflicts of law principles, and consents to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state, and local courts of Lancaster County, South Carolina, for the resolution of all disputes pertaining to or arising from this program. The recipient must complete an affidavit of eligibility and release on forms to be provided by the Company. The recipient must be actively teaching elementary or middle school students full time during the entire 2016-17 academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service. It is the recipient's responsibility to verify receipt of funds with his/her designated institution and notify the Company should the Visa Reward Card not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. By entering, each applicant represents that his/her submission is a work of the applicant's own original authorship, and agrees that the Company will have a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right and license to use the submission in any manner. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, including without limitation: materials not suitable for general public viewing; obscene, lewd or offensive materials; the use of third-party content or other materials not authored by the applicant; and materials previously published or entered into any other competition. The Company is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, or illegible submissions, faulty transmissions, or submissions containing any virus or other system malfunction. Judges' decisions are final. Any taxes are recipient's responsibility. The Company reserves the right to alter, discontinue or cancel this program at any time without notice for any reason, including in the event of fewer than 20 applicants. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Grant void where prohibited.