Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

I. Objective of this document

The objective of this document is to detail the various Terms and Conditions applicable to the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge and its applicants.

These Terms and Conditions, (hereafter referred to as "terms") are valid in perpetuity and supersede any other conflicting information that may pertain to the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge published anywhere else. By signing up for the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge, you agree to comply with all of the terms and conditions stated in this document. These terms and conditions stand void only if prohibited and/or restricted by law. All laws defined under the constitution of the Republic of India are applicable and override these terms.

II. Introduction to the Initiative

  • Collective Good Foundation (hereafter referred to as "CGF") is a Public Charitable trust, registered at 3rd Floor, Nadathur Place, Plot No. 23, 8th Main Road, Jayanagar 3rd Block, Bangalore 560 011.
  • CGF additionally works closely with Samhita Social Ventures (SSV), a CSR consulting firm with whom CGF has entered into an MoU with for sharing of resources including but not limited to personnel, office space, technology platform, expertise, etc.
  • CGF is the nodal agency responsible for execution of the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge initiative (hereafter referred to as "Grand Challenge", "Challenge", "GC", "Initiative"). The initiative is the flagship project of the WASH Platform
  • The WASH Platform’s long-term objective is to implement and replicate high impact sanitation projects across the sanitation value chain, starting from the state of Maharashtra by leveraging private sector funding and providing these funds to social organisations such as NGOs, Social enterprises, for-profit companies, academic institutions etc. The platform is a joint initiative between Collective Good Foundation, Samhita Social Ventures and India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with The Government of Maharashtra, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with UNICEF and CEPT University as knowledge partners.
  • The Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge is a first-of-its-kind open innovation platform set up in partnership with the government, corporate and social sector to identify, implement, nurture and replicate highly innovative, effective, scalable and sustainable sanitation projects.
  • This Grand Challenge will focus on four themes each having a carefully designed problem statement namely, (1) Toilet Usage, (2) School Sanitation, (3) Sanitation Workers, (4) Faecal Sludge Management. Any Indian organisation including NGOs, Social Enterprises, For-Profit Companies, Academic Institutions can submit their solutions, against each of these themes, which will then undergo a careful evaluation from a diverse and expert jury panel.
  • The Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge is presently supported by The District Collectors’ Office of Chandrapur, UNICEF (knowledge partner), corporate funders such as Viacom18 and RBL Bank and several other organisations.

III. Nomenclature

  • CGF: Stands for Collective Good Foundation, the nodal agency that owns the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge and authors these terms and conditions
  • GC: Stands for Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge (also referred as "Grand Challenge", "Initiative"). GC is owned and conducted by CGF and is a part of the WASH Platform.
  • WASH Platform: The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene platform (knows as "WASH Platform", "Platform") is a joint initiative between CGF, India Sanitation Coalition (ISC), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and CEPT University.
  • Terms: Stands for these Terms and Conditions
  • Site: Stands for the GC website currently hosted at https://washgrandchallenge.in and all its subsequent pages
  • Applicant: Applicant refers to organisation applying for this challenge. Also, refers to the primary organisation in case of consortium of organisations.
  • CSR: CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Themes: Themes refers to the four themes (1) Toilet Usage (2) School Sanitation (3) Sanitation Workers (4) Faecal Sludge Management
  • Categories: Categories refers to the three categories namely Top 50, Top 20 and Top 5

IV. Support to be Expected:

  • The Top 50 solutions will be registered on a funder marketplace. Out of these 50, Top 20 solutions (and subsequent applicants) will be invited to funder and networking forums. Out of these top 20, top 5 solutions shall be shortlisted for raising grants capital through one on one pitch sessions
  • The Top 5 solutions will be provided a unique opportunity to raise grant capital to implement their project starting with Chandrapur District of Maharashtra. In addition, these projects will receive capacity building support, local implementation support and an opportunity to potentially replicate projects that demonstrate success across Maharashtra and India. Applicants, if selected, signal their intent to implement the project in Chandrapur, either standalone or in partnership with implementation partner(s) and failure to undertake the same in a timely manner may result in disqualification of the applicant
  • CGF tentatively estimates that the pitches may result in grant opportunities of INR 2 crores (inclusive of all applicable taxes if any) over the course of the initiative. However, it is to be noted, that this number is provisional and illustrative and subject to further modifications and externalities such as, but not limited to, quality of the proposed projects, jury and/or stakeholder deliberations alignment with donors and subsequent board approvals form relevant organisations
  • CGF expresses its strong intent and commitment towards supporting the applicants identified against the three categories. However, as expressed earlier, this is subject to aforementioned externalities and CGF will be exempt from any liability. Support in any form, on the part of CGF or its affiliates, whether aforementioned or not, is not guaranteed
  • Issuance of this application portal and website and subsequent declaration of results (Top 50, Top 20 and winning solutions) does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the CGF and its affiliates, nor does it hold CGF and its affiliates liable to pay for any costs incurred in preparation or submission of questions, comments, suggestions or an application
  • CGF reserves the right to terminate, modify or withdraw the initiative without stating any reason whatsoever
  • The three categories of applicants mentioned above and the number of applications in each of them are tentative. CGF reserves the right to modify the categories and the number of applications selected in each of them without stating any reason whatsoever
  • Please note that while there is no application fee, during the course of the initiative, the applicant may have to incur additional expenses by virtue of their participation in this initiative and/or their progress as part of the initiative. The expected costs from the applicants may include, but are not limited to
  • Any travel, accommodation and other costs for jury deliberation, attendance in forums and pitch meetings (At this stage the jury deliberation is expected to be online via video conferencing, however this is subject to change)
  • All costs related to preparation and submission of the application

CGF is not liable to bear or compensate for any of these above costs. An applicant’s failure to undertake these costs may result in the disqualification of the applicant from the initiative.

V. Eligibility Criteria

Any organisation registered in India is eligible to apply for this initiative.

Certain additional eligibility conditions, regulations and taxes may be applicable at a later stage when further agreements are being finalised between the funder, CGF and applicants. These will be subject to aspects including but not limited to

  • Nature of funding being provided
  • Compliance and other due diligence requirements of supporting funders
  • Registration status of applicant organisation
  • Its period of existence
  • Other factors (such as Companies Act, CSR regulation, in some cases FCRA certifications, any other applicable law)

This will be taken into account at a relevant later stage by CGF, in conjunction with the applicant, funders, legal advisors and other stakeholders. Organisations which fail to comply with these criteria’s will not qualify for further support.

By applying for this initiative, an applicant declares that they do not have any religious or political affiliations and have not been blacklisted by the government or any major agency/entity and have no major pending litigation in any court of law. The applicant is obligated to inform CGF in case of any change in status of the aforementioned. CGF reserves the right to disqualify applicants that fail to meet the aforementioned criteria without stating any reason whatsoever

VI. Entry into the Challenge

Applications to the challenge are accepted only via the official website, currently hosted at https://washgrandchallenge.in/.

CGF reserves the right to terminate or remove any applicant(s) and/or application(s) from the Grand Challenge at any stage, even after the announcement of the results without stating any reason whatsoever, solely at its discretion.

VII. Representation and warranties

By submitting an application/proposal, the applicant represents and warrants the following:

  • All registration information is complete, accurate, and truthful.
  • The individual person applying on behalf of applicant(s) entity
    • Is an authorised representative of the applying organisation/institution/entity
    • Is applying on behalf of the applying organisation/institution/entity as an organisation and,
    • Has obtained all the necessary corporate and other approvals from the applying organisation/institution/entity, as an organisation, to enter the Challenge and submit the organisation’s intellectual property, as contemplated under these Terms and Conditions.
  • No other party is entitled to claim royalties from the use of the application
  • Each application will not and does not infringe/violate any rights of any third parties or entities, including, without limitation "Intellectual Property Rights” (as defined below), defamation, privacy, false light, misappropriation, confidentiality, or any contractual or other rights.
  • Applicant and/or its affiliates has all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the application.
  • Your application does not contain content that is inconsistent with the permissible uses outlined by these terms, including, but not limited to, content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise objectionable software viruses or malicious software(s) which may harm any hardware(s) or software(s).
  • You are not submitting any confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information that you have not been duly authorised to distribute/disseminate.

VIII. Jury Process

  • A jury panel will be appointed and a process will be developed by CGF to carry out the evaluation of the proposals. CGF reserves the right to modify the jury panel and its process in any manner it deems.
  • The results of GC will be announced by CGF in consultation with the jury panel. The decision of CGF in consultation with the jury will be final and binding.
  • CGF reserves right to share the data provided by the applicant with its affiliates, members of the jury and other partners for any activity aligned to the purpose of the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge. However, before any specific application data is published publicly, the consent of the applicant will be obtained for the same.

IX. Ownership of Intellectual Property

The ownership of the submitted idea and/or innovation and/or solution and/or project lies with applicant and/or with its affiliates. CGF does not claim ownership and intellectual property rights to the submitted applications.

"Intellectual Property Rights" means any and all tangible and intangible: (i) copyrights and other rights associated with works of authorship throughout the world, including but not limited to copyrights, neighbouring rights, moral rights, and mask works, and all derivative works thereof; (ii) trademark and trade name rights and similar rights; (iii) trade secret rights; (iv) patents, designs, algorithms, utility models, and other industrial property rights, and all improvements thereto; (v) all other intellectual and industrial property rights (of every kind and nature throughout the world and however designated) whether arising by operation of law, contract, license, or otherwise; and (vi) all registrations, applications, renewals, extensions, continuations, divisions, or reissues thereof now or hereafter in force (including any rights in any of the foregoing) ; and (vii) any licenses, permissions and consents associated with (i) through (vi) above.

By submitting an application or a proposal you understand, acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • Upon agreeing to give consent for your application or proposal, you grant CGF and all its affiliates an irrevocable, duty-free permission to (a) use, review, assess, test, evaluate, analyse or otherwise consider your application/proposal and all its content in connection with the GC, and (b) feature your application and its content in connection with the marketing or promotion of the Challenge, in all media now known or later developed
  • Applicants grant permission to CGF and its affiliates to use their name, address, photograph, voice, and/or other likeness for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity, with due notice, consideration, review or approval

X. Ownership of the Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge Website

This site is owned and maintained by Collective Good Foundation, 3rd Floor, Nadathur Place, Plot No. 23, 8th Main Road, Jayanagar 3rd Block, Bangalore 560 011. The project office of Collective Good Foundation is 6th floor, Jagdamba House, Next to Anupam Cinema, Peru Baug, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063