KOHL’S HOMETOWN GIVING PROGRAM
OFFICIAL RULES

To participate in this Program, you in your capacity as Application Contact for your Organization (as defined below) must agree to and abide by these Official Rules.

Eligibility: Program open only to charitable organizations with services benefiting Milwaukee county, and with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status (each, an “Organization”). For the avoidance of doubt, the Program is not open to current Kohl’s Hometown and affiliate partners, 2017 Kohl’s Hometown Giving grant recipients, schools (school districts, PTA’s, Foundations), daycares, individuals, religious congregations*, clinical and/or research programs, fundraiser or gala events, endowment campaigns, elected officials, athletic teams, or events/programs. Associates of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. and immediate family and household members of such individuals cannot apply for grant monies on behalf of an Organization. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not.

*For the avoidance of doubt a religious congregation (e.g. a church, synagogue, mosque) may not apply for or receive grant funds unless they are applying in support of a non-sectarian program with an individual EIN number.

OVERVIEW OF KEY DATES AND TIMES:

PERIOD
Begin Date & Time
End Date & Time
Grant Application Submission
12:00:01 a.m. C.T.
on Monday, September 10, 2018
11:59:59 p.m. C.T.
on Friday, Septemer 21, 2018
Grant Application Review
Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, December 31, 2018
Grant Acceptance (Form Return)
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019
Grant Confirmation
Monday, January 14, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019


  1. Program Entry: Please consult the overview of key dates and times above. “Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program” (the “Program”) begins on or after 12:00:01 am C.T. on 9/10/18 and ends at 11:59:59 pm C.T. on 9/21/18 (“Program Period”). Administrator’s computer is the official clock for this Program.

    1. GRANT APPLICATION: During the Grant Application Period (as defined above) navigate the internet to www.KohlsHometownGiving.com (“Website”) and click the “Register Now” button to begin the application process. For the avoidance of doubt, you must complete all steps in order to be considered for a grant; you must do so even if your Organization applied for a grant in the inaugural 2017 version of the Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program (information provided last year will not be reviewed for THIS Program). Your Application submission can be completed in multiple sessions (if necessary) so long as all elements of the Application are received by the corresponding deadline as set forth above.

      ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION

      1. Take the eligibility questionnaire, this includes providing your Organization’s EIN/TIN number to preliminarily determine whether your Organization is eligible. Click “Submit.” If it is confirmed that you are an Organization with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status you will be able to proceed to the next steps.

      2. Application Contact Information: Type in your first name, last name, title at Organization, email address (at Organization) and direct phone number at Organization. (For the avoidance of doubt, you are submitting an application for a grant to be used by your Organization, NOT by you personally.) NOTE: only persons who are organization administrative personnel with supervisory responsibility over matters of Organization policy may serve as an Organization’s Application Contact. If you do not meet this criterion, you CANNOT serve as an Organization’s Application Contact Note: Only one (1) person can serve as the Organization’s Application Contact and submit an application for the Program on behalf of an Organization. For the avoidance of doubt, if more than one (1) application is received for a given Organization, only the first application will be reviewed. You will also be asked to create a password so that you may return to your application at a later date.

      3. Executive Director Information: Type in your Organization’s executive director’s first and last name, direct phone number (at Organization) and email address (at Organization).

      4. Organization Details: You will be asked to provide the following details about your organization:
        1. Organization Annual Revenue from 2017
        2. Organization Top 3 Donor’s Names and Grant Amounts from 2017
        3. Organization Mission: In your own words describe your Organization’s mission (limit 300 words)

      Carefully read the Official Rules and Privacy Policy, then click the check boxes signifying that you have read, fully understand and agree to these Official Rules and that you possess all required right, power and authority to submit an application for your Organization in the Program and that, to the best of your knowledge and belief, all information provided in the Application is true and complete and no regulation, rule or Organization policy would prevent your Organization from participating in the Program or receiving grant monies from Sponsor (if application is accepted) and that any requested funding if received will solely be used as outlined in this application process. Sponsor or Administrator may request you to provide proof as to your possession of all right, power and authority to submit application for your Organization; and, if such proof is deemed inadequate in any regard (as determined by Sponsor or Administrator in their sole discretion) or should you fail to provide any proof within the time period indicated by Sponsor/Administrator, your Organization shall forfeit any right to any grant monies from Sponsor and Sponsor shall have no liability or obligation to your Organization. Click the Submit button to send your Organization’s application.

      IF YOU DO NOT CHECK THE BOXES INDICATING YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES AND ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU HAVE ALL RIGHT, POWER AND AUTHORITY TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION IN THE PROGRAM, YOUR ORGANIZATION’S APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR OBLIGATION TO YOUR ORGANIZATION.

      GRANT REQUEST: DESCRIPTION
      i. You will be asked to provide the details about the use of funds if received from Sponsor (i.e., if application is chosen), including the issue(s) that the programming funded by the grant monies will address; the population that would benefit from the program funded by the grant monies; the analytics to be used in quantifying the success of the program funded by the grant monies.

    2. GRANT REQUEST: BUDGET
      i. Requested Grant Amount: Enter the amount of money you are requesting for your organization. You may apply for one (1) grant valued between $2,500 (minimum) and $50,000 (maximum).

      ii. Budget: Enter specific good faith estimates of the expenses for which the grant money will be used if application is accepted.

      iii. Disclose if there is any co-funding from other sources (e.g. organizations, corporations, individuals) for the programming funded by the grant monies if application is accepted.

      All applications must be received in full by 11:59:59 pm C.T. on 9/21/18.

    3. Grant Application Review/Determination: Administrator and/or Sponsor will review all Grant Applications received during the Grant Application Period. Grant Application Approval will be conducted in two phases and determined based on a competitive review based on the following criteria: (i) Will the grant be used to address poverty, education and/or safety within the Milwaukee community? (ii) Is the proposal clear and logical?; (iii) Are the proposed outcomes measurable and impactful?; (iv) Is the request addressing a true and urgent need within the organization and Milwaukee community?; (v) Direct effect grant will have on the Milwaukee community; (vi) Does the proposal offer fresh insight on an important issue, with innovative thinking on how to create change? (vii) How does the requested grant amount compare the Organization’s total revenue in 2017?

      SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION IN NO WAY OBLIGATES SPONSOR OR ADMINISTRATOR TO ACCEPT APPLICATION AND AWARD GRANT MONIES TO AN ORGANIZATION, EVEN IF IT IS ELIGIBLE. THE DECISION WHETHER (OR NOT) TO ACCEPT APPLICATION AND AWARD GRANT MONIES IS AT SPONSOR/ADMINSTRATOR’S SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION. SPONSOR FURTHER RESERVES THE RIGHT, DUE TO AVAILABLE GRANT MONEY THRESHOLDS FOR CATEGORIES OR OTHER REASONS TO AWARD GRANT MONEY TO APPROVED ORGANIZATIONS ONLY IN PART. Grant monies will be distributed to approved Organizations in February 2019. Organization is responsible for any cost(s) that may be incurred above and beyond the approved grant amount as well as for compliance with any tax or other reporting requirements relative to receipt of grant monies from Sponsor. Application Contact further agrees to fully cooperate with Sponsor/Administrator such that Sponsor may properly report its provision of grant monies to Organization as well as to assist Sponsor in achieving favorable tax treatment/benefits in conjunction with providing such grant monies to Organization. Application Contact may be required, at Sponsor’s/Administrator’s sole discretion, to complete, sign and return within an indicated time period an Affidavit of Compliance and/or other materials substantiating that the grant money was indeed used to pay for eligible expenses in conjunction with the Grant. Application Contact further agrees to notify Sponsor immediately in writing if at any time after receipt of grant monies the Organization’s status as an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) entity has been rescinded by the Internal Revenue Service; or, if the Organization (or any officer or director of same) has become the target of an investigation by U.S. Federal and/or Wisconsin State or Local regulatory body or tribunal of any kind; or, if the Organization (or any officer or director of same) is party to a civil lawsuit concerning any act of moral turpitude or which otherwise might bring Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. or Kohl’s Cares LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, into public disrepute or adversely affect their goodwill and reputation. Failure to timely comply with these requirements (as applicable) or if requested materials are deemed inadequate in any regard (as determined by Sponsor or Administrator in their sole discretion), Organization shall refund to Sponsor immediately the full amount of the grant money and Sponsor and Administrator shall have no liability or obligation to Organization. (But, return of the grant money shall not relieve Application Contact and/or Organization of potential liability to Sponsor and Administrator.) Grant may be awarded to Organization if Sponsor and Administrator determine that Organization is eligible and application is valid as per these Official Rules; the decision whether (or not) to award a grant to an Organization (and, if awarded, the amount of the grant) is at Sponsor’s/Administrator’s sole and absolute discretion.

    4. Grant Acceptance (Form Return): Grant Acceptance Form must be completed, signed and returned by Friday, January 11, 2019, it being understood that an electronic version of the Grant Acceptance Form shall have the same, legally binding effect as the original hand-signed document. In the event of noncompliance with this requirement and/or if the email notification is returned as undeliverable after three (3) attempts, such Organization’s application(s) will be rejected and such grant money restored to the pool of available monies for the corresponding category as per Rule 3 below. If your Grant Acceptance Form is not properly completed and returned by the specified deadline you WILL NOT be awarded a grant and Sponsor and Administrator will have no liability or obligation to your Organization.

    5. Grant Confirmation: Administrator will review all Grant Acceptance Forms during the Grant Confirmation Period. If Grant Acceptance Form is confirmed, Application Contact will be sent a Grant Confirmation email to the email address he/she registered with by Friday, January 18, 2019.

  2. Application Restrictions: Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled or misdirected applications/materials. As between Sponsor and Organization, all application materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. By submitting an application for the Program, Application Contact on behalf of Organization agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Administrator, which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Program. Receipt of application will be acknowledged; but such acknowledgment in no way obligates Sponsor to award grant monies nor is it otherwise binding upon Sponsor.

    By submitting an application, Application Contact, on behalf of Organization (and him/herself to the extent applicable), agrees to indemnify, defend, release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies, as well as their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (“Released Parties”) from any and all claims, liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to death or personal injury, arising out of an Organization’s participation in the Program, including but not limited to Sponsor’s award or refusal to award Organization a grant, or the Organization’s acceptance or use of grant monies (if applicable). All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

    In accepting grant monies on behalf of Organization, Application Contact (again on behalf of Organization) agrees to use by Sponsor and its designees (including Administrator) of the Organization’s name, address and other publicly available information concerning the Organization for purposes of trade/advertising/promotion and without further compensation or approval/notice of any kind. For the avoidance of doubt, Sponsor shall have no liability under any legal theory should Sponsor decide not to use the name/address/publicly available information about an Organization receiving grant monies for trade/advertising/promotion purposes. Upon Sponsor’s request and without compensation other than grant monies being provided to Organization, Application Contact (on behalf of Organization) further agrees to complete, sign and return any additional documents that Sponsor may require in conjunction with the grant of the foregoing rights.

  3. Allocation of Grant Monies Among Categories:

    Category
    Available Grant Monies
    Social Service
    $200,000
    Education
    $125,000
    Health & Wellness
    $75,000
    Arts & Culture
    $50,000
    Environment / Conservation
    $50,000


    IN NO EVENT WILL SPONSOR’S TOTAL FINANCIAL OBLIGATION FOR A GIVEN CATEGORY EXCEED THE CORRESPONDING AVAILABLE GRANT MONEY THRESHOLD. Once the available grant money threshold is reached for a given Category, grant monies for such Category will no longer be available. Should any available grant monies remain at the end of the Program Period, Sponsor may award such monies in its sole discretion.

  4. Conditions of Participation: If, for any reason, the Program is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Program, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify and/or suspend the Program. If the Program is so affected, the Administrator, acting in concert with Sponsor will conduct the Program and make grant monies available to Organization(s) in the above-indicated monetary thresholds per Category in a manner deemed fair, equitable and in accordance with the spirit of these Official Rules as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Notice of such action by Sponsor will be posted on www.KohlsHometownGiving.com . No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alteration of applications; errors, defects or omissions in the advertisement or offering of this Program; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or electronic application (or other Program materials, as applicable) to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Organization’s or any person’s computer related to, or resulting from, participation in or downloading or uploading any materials for this Program. Sponsor’s/Administrator’s failure to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute the waiver of such provision.

    Application Contact on behalf of Organization further agrees not to knowingly damage or cause interruption of the Program and/or prevent others from participating in the Program. Submission of an application is acknowledgement of, and agreement by Application Contact on behalf of Organization to be bound by these Official Rules of this Program. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROGRAM VIOLATES CRIMINAL OR CIVIL LAWS. THE PRECEDING INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO ANY ATTEMPT TO DEFRAUD SPONSOR AND/OR ADMINISTRATOR WITH RESPECT TO THE SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION, THE USE OF GRANT MONIES OR OTHERWISE. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE, SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR MAY TAKE ANY AND ALL ACTIONS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR AND SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

  5. Disputes: To the fullest extent permitted by law, Application Contact on behalf of Organization (and him/herself, to the extent applicable) agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Program or the award (or non-award) of grant monies shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin or an appropriate Wisconsin State Court; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Program, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will Organization (or anyone associated with Organization, including but not limited to Application Contact) be permitted to obtain awards for, and Application Contact on behalf of Organization hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Organization, on the one hand, and Sponsor, on the other hand, in connection with the Program shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Wisconsin, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Wisconsin or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Wisconsin.

  6. Privacy Policy: The entry information provided is subject to the Kohl’s Privacy Policy found at https://www.kohls.com/feature/privacy-policy.jsp.

  7. Sponsor: Kohl's Department Stores, Inc., N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.

  8. Administrator: LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc., 440 Ninth Ave, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001.