By submitting an application to FUEL for 50 (“Challenge”), the applicant (“Applicant”) fully and unconditionally agrees to these Terms.  If Applicant has listed any person or entity in the Application as a partner (“Partner”) or team member (“Team Member”), Applicant confirms these Terms have been shared with all Partners or Team Members and that each Partner or Team Member has agreed to the Terms.


Application Period

Round One Application Period: August 24 – November 19, 2021


An Applicant must be an entity that has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as exempt from United States federal income taxes under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) section 501(c)(3) and as a public charity under Code section 509(a).  Awards will not be awarded to individuals.  

Application” as used in these Terms means the completed application form and all other Challenge-related materials required by or submitted to Robin Hood Foundation (“Robin Hood”) in connection with the Challenge.  Only one Application may be submitted for a project.  Robin Hood may screen eligible Applications for completeness and compliance with these Terms and may, but is not obligated to, request additional information once the Application has been received and prior to review.  Robin Hood may retain (and will not return) Applications.


Application Process

Round One Application

Each Applicant must:

  1. complete an Application in English describing the proposed or existing program (“Round One Application”); and
  2. submit the Application online through Robin Hood’s Foundant online portal prior to the application deadline as designated by Robin Hood and follow any other Robin Hood application instructions.

The program described in an Application must be consistent with the mission of strengthening the capacity of adults to care for young children.

Round One Applications will be reviewed based upon the Selection Criteria described below.


Selection Criteria

All eligible Applications for Round One of the Challenge will be evaluated based on the following equally-weighted selection criteria (“Selection Criteria”):

  1. Compelling: Does the organization present a compelling plan or vision for strengthening core skills, building nurturing relationships, reducing sources of stress or otherwise supporting parents or caregivers of children ages 3-and-under? 
  2. Impactful: How confident are you that this program will positively impact families with young children or caregivers or other important adults in the lives of young children?
  3. Community-Informed: Does the organization demonstrate relationships with the communities they hope to serve? Have those relationships and community needs informed the program’s design? 
  4. Realistic: Do the potential reach and objectives for this program seem achievable or executable?
  5. Final Assessment: Reflecting on the overall submission, how excited are you about the possibility of this organization being named an awardee of FUEL for 50?

The judging criteria will be applied by the members of the Round One Selection Committee in their sole discretion.  The Round One Selection Committee will be comprised of approximately eighteen (18) individuals as selected by Robin Hood.  Final determination and selection of the Round One awardees rests with Robin Hood, and may include considerations beyond the Selection Committee’s reviews, including but not limited to perceived or actual conflicts of interest.  Applicants agree to be bound by the decisions of the Selection Committee and Robin Hood.


Round One Award

There may be up to fifty (50) awardees selected in Round One of the Challenge (each, a “Round One Awardee”).  Each Round One Awardee will be eligible to receive the following award (“Award”):

  1. A one-time $25,000 award from Robin Hood; and
  2. An invitation for key staff of the applying organization to participate in a series of workshops and/or webinars between March and August of 2022 that will focus on a range of topics geared towards advancing the existing or proposed Application project, as well as supporting the success of the applying organization and its leadership; and
  3. The opportunity to apply for additional funding in Round Two of the Challenge, through which up to ten awards may be awarded.

Each Round One Awardee will be required to enter into an Award Agreement with Robin Hood or its designee, containing key terms and conditions that are separate from these Terms, in order to receive the Award.  The Award Agreement for each Round One Awardee may vary, depending on the nature of the project and the organization receiving the Award.

Further Conditions for Participation

By submitting an Application, the Applicant represents, warrants, and covenants:

  1. the Applicant has the full right to submit the existing or new program in the Application as its own and the person completing the Application has the full right and authorization to do so;
  2. the Applicant has the right to grant all rights and releases granted in these Terms;
  3. pursuit of the existing or new program will not: (i) infringe any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights; (ii) violate any right of privacy or publicity or other right of any person; (iii) violate any law or regulation; or (iv) breach any confidentiality, contractual or other obligation;
  4. Robin Hood’s use of information in the Application as described in these Terms will not infringe the right of any person or entity;
  5. to the extent the submitted program relies on any third-party intellectual property (“Third-Party IP”), Applicant: (i) has obtained all necessary permission in writing for Applicant’s pursuit of the program and to grant the rights granted to Robin Hood in these Terms; and (ii) will disclose all Third-Party IP in writing to Robin Hood if selected as a Round One Awardee.
  6. to cooperate with Robin Hood’s verification of all eligibility and other requirements including execution and return of any documents required by Robin Hood at any stage of the Challenge; and
  7. the Applicant waives all rights to claim (i) punitive, incidental, consequential, or other damages; and (ii) injunctive or equitable relief.

Each Applicant is responsible for: (1) taking steps to protect any intellectual property in its submission to the Challenge (including any filings and notices); and (2) determining whether any information is confidential or proprietary and identifying all confidential and proprietary information to Robin Hood in writing.  If an Applicant has any doubts, consider consulting with legal counsel.

Robin Hood may verify an Applicant’s (including any Partner or Team Member’s) eligibility at any time during the Challenge.  Robin Hood reserves the right to disqualify any Application at any time for failing to comply with any of these Terms.  The Challenge is void where prohibited.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.


Grant of Rights

The Applicant retains all proprietary rights it holds in (1) the Application and (2) the program described in the Application, subject to rights granted to Robin Hood.  By submitting an Application, each Applicant hereby:

  1. grants permission for the Application to be copied and distributed for the purpose of review and selection;
  2. grants permission for information in the Application and related information submitted by the Applicant to be used by Robin Hood and its licensees, successors, partners, and contractors, and assigns in connection with the Challenge and to further Robin Hood’s charitable mission unless Robin Hood has expressly agreed otherwise in writing (e.g., with respect to confidential or proprietary information); and
  3. grants permission for information in the Application and related information submitted by the Applicant to be shared by Robin Hood, at its discretion, with other charitable or grant-making organizations or entities, for any purpose.



By submitting an Application, each Applicant hereby releases Robin Hood (and its directors, officers, employees, affiliates, representatives, licensees, consultants, and agents) from all liabilities, claims and actions of any kind whatsoever, known or unknown.  Applicant understands that this release herein includes a release of all known and unknown claims.  Applicant acknowledges that Applicant has read and understands Section 1542 of the California Civil Code, which states: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor.”  Applicant hereby expressly waives and relinquishes all rights and benefits under that section and any law or legal principle of similar effect in any jurisdiction with respect to Applicant’s respective release of claims herein, including but not limited to Applicant’s release of unknown and unsuspected claims.



Robin Hood is not responsible for any difficulties uploading or downloading any Challenge-related information from any of Robin Hood’s websites (including but not limited to the Foundant portal) or for any other malfunctions of any kind relating to the Challenge (whether technical, human, or otherwise).  These Terms and the Challenge are governed by the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and performed within the State without giving effect to any conflicts of law provisions that would result in application of any other law.  Each Applicant (on behalf of each Partner or Team Member) irrevocably agrees to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in the State and County of New York with respect to any dispute in connection with these Terms of the Challenge and expressly consents (and waives any objection based on any reason) to venue of those courts.  If any provision of these Terms is found invalid, the provision will be modified to the extent necessary to make it valid or will be deleted and the remaining provisions will continue in effect.  Robin Hood’s failure to or delay in enforcing and provision will not constitute a waiver.  To the extent there is a conflict between these Terms and other information provided by Robin Hood, these Terms will govern.


Modification / Cancellation

Robin Hood reserves the right to change any deadline or review/selection periods and to modify, suspend, or cancel the Challenge or these Terms, in whole or in part, at any time.


Personal Information

Personal information collected from any Applicant as part of the Challenge will be used in accordance with these Terms.  By participating in the Challenge, Applicant (on behalf of itself and all Partners and Team Members) consents to this collection, storage, sharing, and use.


Additional Terms

Robin Hood will set forth additional Terms for Applicants selected to submit a Round Two Application in the Challenge.