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Heart and Soul Grant Competition

Can you express your non-profit, charity or volunteer organization's mission in a 4-8 line poem? If you can, your organization may be eligible for a Heart & Soul Grant of $10,000 or $5,000 USD!

We've been asked to help spread the word about this amazing grant opportunity. The fourth annual CTK Foundation Fund Heart and Soul Grant Award competition launched today - March 1st through March 28, 2011.

Heart and Soul Grant Opportunities:

This year, there are several grant awards, including:
  • 1ST PLACE:: A cash grant of $10,000 USD and their submission will be turned into a song, written and recorded by Bill Dillon and produced by Jim Tullio of Butcher Boy Studios in Chicago.
  • 2ND PLACE: A cash grant of $5,000 USD
  • The 2011 Blogger's Choice Award:
    A randomly selected blogger participating in "spreading the word" among nonprofits about the Heart and Soul Grant Award Program will choose an applicant of his/her choice to receive a $1,000 cash grant.
  • 2 Steel-stringed Guitars, signed by members of Los Lonely Boys, the Grammy Award winning, internationally acclaimed band, for auction and fundraising.
  • Up to 20 technology grants, valued at $10,000, to those nonprofits who indicate interest.

What's Involved?

  • Who's eligible? Grant applicants can be nonprofits (registered 501(c) 3), charities or voluntary organizations of all types and sizes located in the US, UK or Canada.
  • How do you enter? Nonprofit applicants are required to submit an original four to eight line poem that reflects the work or mission of the applicant nonprofit organization. This poem may be written by staff members, consumers or volunteers of the submitting nonprofit and must be wholly original.

Complete a Grant Application - available at: www.communitytech.net - by midnight on March 28, 2011

  • Award Selection & Presentation: The winners will be selected by an international panel of independent artists and producers. Winners will be notified by April 10th and the H&S Grant Award Gala will be held April 14th in Austin, Texas.

Check out the CTK Foundation's Heart & Soul Video Teaser:



Excited Yet? Apply Now!

So get writing and channel your creativity into an original 4-8 line poem that reflects the work/mission of your organization. Then submit your application by midnight on March 28, 2011: by visiting www.communitytech.net.

Don't forget to come back and post in my comments to let me know you've applied!

Good luck!

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
Published Tuesday, 01 March 2011 at 2:00 PM
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Comments

  • Curious ObserverCurious Observer

    Curious Observer said:

    I have to say that I am rather surprised to see this announcement posted here. You're promoting a <strike>grant program</strike> contest for marketing exposure being put on by a competitor - that's slightly surprising, but not very given how awesome and generous you are generally to the nonprofit tech community.

    Put doing it for a company which is flagrantly infringing your trademark? (http://www.communitytech.net/apricot)

    You folks are entirely too nice!

    Tuesday, 01 March 2011 at 4:49 PM
  • JennaJenna

    Jenna said:

    We've entered! An adoptive mom submitted a poem for us to use and it's gorgeous!

    Wednesday, 02 March 2011 at 4:36 AM
  • jmoonah said:

    Jenna -- that's terrific, good luck!

    Observer -- we have been accused of being too nice before. :-)  Our feeling is that spreading the word on things that could be useful to our audience has more upside than downside, particularly with non-profits who can use all the help they can get.  If we can help make the lives of people who do good work easier, it's all good. We've spoken to the CTK folks in the past about the branding of their Apricot product, and it seems like that and Wild Apricot came into existence around the same time, the similar names are just a coincidence.  We don't see them as a direct competitor anyway since their software is mainly for a different audience and purpose.  However I do agree with you on labeling this a 'grant', it's not the choice of wording I would have used but otherwise we thought it was a neat idea and worth promoting to the broader community.

    Wednesday, 02 March 2011 at 5:05 AM
  • Curious ObserverCurious Observer

    Curious Observer said:

    You can of course run your business any way you like, but the release dates and trademark registration dates seem to be in your favor. And I have to say that as a close observer of the NP tech community (but not in the target market for either Wild Apricot or CTK Apricot), when I got to the CTK site, I was <a href="http://definitions.uslegal.com/n/nonpurchaser-confusion/">confused</a>. I knew of Wild Apricot, but had never heard of CTK or their products, and wondered if you'd been bought and renamed or something. "Surely," I thought, "there cannot be two SaaS database products targeted at small- to mid-size nonprofit organizations?" I'm sure they didn't intend to infringe your trademark, but in trademark law, dibs counts. And while I'm certainly not a lawyer, my understanding is that by letting this slide, your claim against me would be weakened when I launch my super awesome low cost, web-based CMS/AMS product and call it Feral Peach.

    Wednesday, 02 March 2011 at 10:33 AM
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