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HCFS Grant Application and Rules

Download  the official application form for submissions for the HCFS grant. (DOC)

The submission, which should be no more than 10 pages in length and include project photography, must address one or more of these foodservice sustainability objectives:

  • How the operation reduced energy/water use.
  • How the operation reduced creation of wastewater or solid waste.
  • How the operation implemented Farm-to-Fork programs or other combined programs.

Each submission must include a financial analysis of the sustainability program including detailing the cost of implementation, continuing cost and financial analysis of the return on investment with a detailed summary of cumulative savings. Descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals - including ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment - is encouraged.

The submission may be printed and mailed to the HCFS, or e-mailed to hobart@gyro.com as a .pdf file. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET February 28, 2014. The submissions will be judged and the grant awarded by consent of the HCFS Fellows and announced at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show in May 2014. 

Mailing Address:
Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability
7755 Montgomery Rd., Suite 300
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Need Assistance?
(513) 346-3487
lisa.mclaughlin@gyro.com

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HCFS Official Rules and Regulations

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability 2013 Grant Competition (“Competition”) is a trade promotion that begins 11:59 p.m. E.T. on December 2, 2013 and ends 5:00 p.m. E.T. on February 28, 2014 (“Application Period”). Competition is open to U.S.-based corporations operating in the food service and food retail industry, and all residents of the 50 United States (including D.C.) who are at least 18 years of age and have reached the age of majority in their state of residence at the time of entry, and who are themselves employed in the food service or food retail industry. Competition sponsored by Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability, 7755 Montgomery Rd., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor’s employees and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies, and any others engaged in the development, production or distribution of Competition materials, and the immediate families of each, are ineligible. Competition subject to all applicable federal, state, municipal, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

HOW TO ENTER: To apply, first fully complete the application available here. Completed application, along with applicant’s full submission (which must not exceed 10 pages in length) should then be submitted in .pdf format to hobart@gyrohsr.com, or by mail to Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability, Attn: Lisa McLaughlin, 7755 Montgomery Rd., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45236. In order to qualify, entries must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. E.T. on February 28, 2014 (the "Competition Closing Date").

Submission Content: The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability has established a grant to honor the individual or company submitting a sustainability case study judged as the most innovative and best-executed foodservice sustainability project of the year. The submission, must include (a) project photography the photographer(s) of the images submitted agree to release the Sponsor from all claims if photographs are used for promotional purposes, and (b) financial analysis of the sustainability program, including detailing the cost of implementation, continuing cost and financial analysis of the return on investment with a detailed summary of cumulative savings. Descriptions of specific foodservice equipment used to achieve sustainability goals--including ENERGY STAR qualified equipment--is encouraged. Submissions must also address one or more of these foodservice sustainability objectives:

  • How the operation reduced energy/water use.
  • How the operation reduced creation of wastewater or solid waste.
  • How the operation implemented Farm-to-Fork programs or other combined programs.

Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by Sponsors. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry of information by participants. Entries cannot be returned and become the property of Sponsor. Submission must be the original work of the entrant, and must not include material copied from other sources.

JUDGING: Each entry must meet the entry requirements, as specified above. Any non-confirming entries will be disqualified. Once each entry is screened for compliance with the entry requirements, it will be judged by a panel of qualified professionals from the food services industry. The judging panel will judge each entry on the basis of the following criteria: Innovation (30%) – How original and innovative is this design project? Execution (30%) – How well executed is this project? Overall impact (40%) – What is the overall impact of this design project? Each project will then be awarded a score from 0 – 1000 in each category. Sponsor will tally all of the scores for each entry and then rank them according to their cumulative score. Winner will then be selected based on these rankings, with the entrant having the highest cumulative score selected as the potential winner (“Winner”). Decisions of the judges are final. In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the “Overall Impact” criteria will be judged the winner. As this is a contest of skill, odds will depend upon the number and skill of qualifying entries.

GRANT AWARD: Winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 to invest in additional sustainability measures, and will be invited to become a Fellow of the HCFS and help select future operations for grant recognition. The grant will be presented at the 2013 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show held May in Chicago, IL. Winner will be invited to NRA Show as a guest of the HCFS, where he/she will receive the grant. In order to attend the NRA Show, Winner (or Winner’s representative, if Winner is a corporate entity) will also receive one (1) roundtrip coach airfare from the airport nearest to Winner’s residence to Chicago, IL, one night’s stay (double occupancy) in a hotel in Chicago, and ground transportation to and from the airport. All meals, gratuities, taxes and other expenses are Winner’s responsibility.

RESTRICTIONS: All prizes are nontransferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any listed prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Winners will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone within 5 days after the final decision of the judges. Winners may be required to sign and complete an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability and Public Release/Copyright Assignment and return it within 5 days of date of postmark. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to deliver the notification to Winner. If Winner cannot be contacted within 3 days of the final decision of the judges, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize within 3 days of initial contact, or fails to timely return the completed and executed documents as required, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to the entrant with the next highest score. If Winner has moved to a different address after submitting his/her entry, it is the sole responsibility of Winner to notify the Sponsor or designated agent of his/her new address. Sponsor is not responsible for any undeliverable prize deliveries due to change of address. By accepting and/or using prize, Winner gives Sponsor the rights to use the winner's name, and (if an individual) voice, and/or likeness for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation worldwide in perpetuity and in any form of media including the Internet, unless prohibited by law. Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt and publish any or all of the submissions and/or photos submitted, and may use them in any media in association with the Competition without attribution or compensation to the entrants, their successors or assigns, or any other entity.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. By participating in the Competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final. Sponsor, agents and representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; (iii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the Competition to be disrupted or corrupted; (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of any prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, or from participation in the Competition; or (v) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Competition at any time if a computer virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or other technical problem of any sort corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Competition. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Competition or change any element thereof, with or without notice, at any time, due to printing errors, web site errors, transmission errors or other mistakes in the production of the Competition. Sponsor also reserves the right to disqualify, in its sole discretion, any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the Web site, or who is otherwise in violation of the rules. By participating, entrants agree that (a) all disputes will be resolved in the appropriate courts in the state of Ohio in the United States, exclusively, and subject to the laws of the state of Ohio, (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Competition, but in no event attorneys’ fees, and (c) under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant 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.

By participating in the Competition, each participant agrees to release and hold Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Competition or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

By entering, entrant acknowledges and accepts that his/her e-mail address and/or other personal information from the entry (collectively "Information") may be used for internal marketing analyses and to provide entrant with information about Sponsor and Sponsor's products, promotions and/or services that may be of interest to entrant. The Information will not be used for any other purposes without your consent. The Information will not be sold or provided to third parties, except as required or authorized by law. If entrant does not want Sponsor to use his/her Information for these promotional purposes, entrant may later revoke consent to these promotional purposes at any time by e-mailing Sponsor at Hobart@gyro.com or by writing to Sponsor at Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability, Attn: Lisa McLaughlin, 7755 Montgomery Rd., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

WINNER’S NAMES: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s names, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Winner’s List -- Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability, Attn: Rachel Miller, 7755 Montgomery Rd., Suite 300, Cincinnati, OH 45236. VT residents need not include postage. Requests must be received no later than January 1, 2015.