Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program Official Rules and Regulations
1. No purchase necessary:
A purchase will not increase your chance of winning. The Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program (the “Program”) is void where prohibited by law.
2. Program Entry Period:
Entries for this program must be received between January 14, 2019 and September 30, 2019 (the “Program Entry Period”).
3. Program Administration:
The Program is made possible through the generous support of The Bayer Fund (the “Sponsor”), the philanthropic arm of Bayer. In Canada, the Program will be managed, and all grants administered, by an independent 3rd party charitable organization, working in conjunction with the Sponsor. That charity in Canada is Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc. (www.aitc.mb.ca) (“Ag in the Classroom”), Box 278, Group 327, RR#3, Selkirk, MB R1A 2A8.
Farmer Eligibility Entrants must be the age of majority in his or her province of residence and actively engaged in farming corn, soybeans or canola in one of the 33 territories located within the agricultural producing areas of Northeastern BC (Peace River District), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The entrant must reside in the territory where he or she is actively engaged in farming. Specific qualifying regions/territories in these provinces are outlined in the find a charity map.
A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so. Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified farmer.
Eligible Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations In order to receive a grant (“Grant”) under this Program, the charity selected by an entrant must be a tax-exempt public charity, meaning that it must be recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as tax-exempt and have a charity registration number. Any charity that discriminates based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, or national origin is not eligible to receive a Grant. Sections 6 and 7 of these Official Rules include other requirements regarding Grants.
Not-for-profit organizations engaged in charitable work that meet the following definition provided by the Canada Revenue Agency are also eligible:
A non-profit organization is an association organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, sport, recreation, or any other purpose except profit (e.g., a club, society, or association).
The recipient charity or not-for-profit organization (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Charity”) must be engaged in charitable work and operate in the community or surrounding area where the entrant resides and not have any government (local, provincial or federal), religious or political affiliations. However, not-for-profit agencies such as volunteer fire departments, schools, libraries etc. are eligible. Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba, Inc., as the Program administrator, is not an eligible Charity for this Program.
Not eligible to participate – The following individuals and the persons with whom they are domiciled are not eligible to participate in this Program: (i) officers, directors, and employees of the Sponsor, or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies or any of their spouses, children, or household members; (ii) officers, directors and employees, of Bayer, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of their spouses, children, or household members; (iii) officers, directors and employees of any seed dealer, or any of their spouses, children, or household members; and (iv) officers, directors and employees of Ag in the Classroom, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or any of their spouses, children, or household members.
5. How to Enter:
No purchase necessary to enter or win. There are two ways to enter this Program, as described below. Entries may only be made according to the procedures described in these Official Rules.
A. To enter the Program online, visit www.canadasfarmers.ca and submit an entry by utilizing the online “submission” option. All entrants are required to complete all required registration information (including, without limitation, your name, address and other contact information). All entries must be completed within the Program Entry Period to be eligible to win. All submissions become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
B. To enter the Program by mail, please go to www.canadasfarmers.ca to print out the official rules and nomination form. Once completed, please mail to Ag in the Classroom at: Agriculture in the Classroom-MB Inc. Box 278, Group 327, RR#3, Selkirk, MB R1A 2A8.
C. Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules will be disqualified. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time which, in its opinion, is offensive, contains unsuitable material, threatens the safety or well being of any entrant, or if it is determined that the entrant has not complied with these Official Rules. Limit one entry per eligible farmer, regardless of method of entry. Entries in excess of this limit are void. To be valid, each entry must provide all information requested.
6. Awards and Grants:
About 66 winning entries will be selected in total. There will be two (2) winning entries chosen in each of the 33 eligible territories. Winning entries will be selected from all eligible entries received within the Program Entry Period. All Grants each valued at $2,500 will be distributed to the winning Charity via cheque by Ag in the Classroom. The Grant must be used by the winning Charity to improve local communities and organizations in the area in which the winning entrant resides or farms as designated on the entry application. If no qualifying entries are received for any eligible Charity in any of the 33 territories, Ag in the Classroom, on behalf of the Sponsor, will not make a Grant under this Program for that territory. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or amend the Program at any time. All details about the Program and the Grants not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Sponsor at its sole discretion. No entrant may win more than one Grant.
The Grants are not transferable. No substitution of a Grant, or any portion thereof, is allowed, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. A Grant has no retail value, and there is no income to be reported to the winning entrant for tax purposes. The winning entrant will not be able to obtain an income tax deduction as a result of the Grant made to the Charity.
7. Use of a Grant:
The Charity that is named as a winner to receive a Grant must provide Ag in the Classroom with written notice of how it proposes to use the Grant, and such proposed project must be within the community or surrounding region where the winning entrant resides. The written proposal must be received by Ag in the Classroom on or before December 1, 2019.
Grants may not be used for any of the following: (a) individual aid or personal support; (b) underwriting deficits; (c) fraternal, labour or veterans’ organizations, unless the project benefits the general public; (d) benefits, dinners or advertisements; (e) religious, politically partisan, or similar groups; (f) endowments; (g) activities that directly support marketing programs; or (h) projects in which the Sponsor, Ag in the Classroom or Bayer or any of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors or employees has a financial interest, or from which any of these entities could derive a financial benefit. Determinations of whether the proposed use of funds meets the criteria described herein shall be made at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. If the Sponsor determines that the proposal meets the criteria, they will instruct Ag in the Classroom to issue the grant to the winning Charity.
8. Winner Selection:
By October 15, 2019, an independent third party will randomly select two (2), $2,500 winning entries from all qualified entries received in each of the 33 eligible territories during the Program Entry Period. Winning entrants and winning Charities will be notified by email or phone by November 15, 2019.
9. Total Value:
The total value of all grants to be awarded is about $165,000CAD. Grants will consist of about 66 awards of $2,500CAD each.
By participating in this Program, each entrant agrees as follows: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules which are final and binding in all respects, and to comply with all decisions of the Sponsor with regard to the Official Rules, interpretation or application; (b) that he or she meets all the eligibility requirements under these Official Rules; (c) to comply with all federal, provincial, and local laws and regulations; (d) that Canadian law, without regard to its conflict of laws principles, shall apply exclusively to the Program and Official Rules, and that any dispute with respect to the Program and/or these Official Rules shall be resolved in either the federal or provincial courts located in the Province of Manitoba in Winnipeg; and (e) that the Sponsor, Bayer and/or Ag in the Classroom may communicate with the entrant regarding their participation in the Program via electronic message or otherwise.
By participating in the Program, each winning entrant also, except where legally prohibited, without additional compensation: (a) grants permission for the Sponsor and/or Bayer, and those acting pursuant to either’s direction, to use his or her name, home town name, picture, portrait, likeness, voice, biographical information and comments made in connection with the Program in any and all advertising and promotional materials, worldwide, social media marketing channels, and/or on the world wide web, relating to the Program, and similar programs which may be offered by the Sponsor and/or Bayer; (b) agrees that the Sponsor or Bayer (as applicable) may make slight stylistic modifications to his or her comments, which do not materially alter the original meaning; (c) waives any right to review or approve any such use; (d) agrees that all media or other materials created by the Sponsor and/or Bayer are the property of the Sponsor or Bayer (as applicable), including but not limited to any copyright therein, and waives all moral rights thereto; (e) agrees that the release of information about being chosen as a winner, including dissemination to the public and media through any channels, will be made solely by the Sponsor and/or Bayer; and (f) releases the Sponsor and Bayer from any and all claims for libel, copyright, invasion of privacy or rights of publicity pertaining to such use.
11. Data Privacy:
Information that entrants provide to the Sponsor, Bayer, or its 3rd party administrator, Ag in the Classroom, will be used to communicate with participant(s) in relation to this Program only, unless entrant consents in the entry form to receiving additional information.
The Sponsor, Bayer and Ag in the Classroom are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing or offering of this Program, or in the description of any Grant or in any other materials produced in connection with the Program. Neither the Sponsor, Bayer nor Ag in the Classroom are responsible for lost, garbled, misrouted, damaged, distorted, late, stolen or misdirected submissions. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Program. In particular, the Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Program if fraud, misconduct or technical failures would destroy the integrity of the Program; or, if a computer virus, bug or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security or proper administration of the Program as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. Uses of automated devices are not valid for submission and will subject the user to immediate disqualification.
The Sponsor may disqualify any person based upon fraud, dishonesty, and violation of rules or other misconduct. This Program is subject to all applicable federal, and/or state rules and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. In the event of termination of the Program, a notice will be mailed and/or emailed. The Sponsor reserves the right to prohibit the participation of an individual if fraud or tampering is suspected or if the individual fails to comply with any requirement of participation as stated herein or with any provision in these Rules. Entrants must comply with all rules as published.
For Quebec contestants only, any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.
By participating in the Program, each entrant and winner agrees to release the Sponsor, Bayer, their subsidiaries and affiliates, each of their respective directors, officers, employees and agencies, and Ag in the Classroom, and its directors, officers, employees and agencies, from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the entrant’s participation in the Program.
Visit www.canadasfarmers.ca for a full list of eligible territories within the farming regions of Northeastern BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.