Terms and Conditions

SME for Future Service Grants Terms and Conditions (the “Grant Terms”) apply to any Application for a Grant under The Gravity Media Grant Program. By submitting an Application, an Applicant agrees to these Grant Terms. Pursuant to these Grant Terms, SME for Future is an initiative  that provides Applicants service grant to aid them scale, pivot and think up new ways, successful Applicants agree to create and to be featured by The Gravity Media in Promotional Materials.

Terms not defined in text are defined below in Section 8 (Definitions).

1. Grant Program

SME for Future is a platform offering to provide #5,000,00 Naira in Service grants under (each, a “Grant”). The Grants will be awarded starting on or after July 1, 2020, to approved Applicants (each approved Applicant, a “Recipient”). The Gravity Media will review Applications and award #500,000 each to 10 businesses.

The Grants will be awarded to Applicants to be used for the sole purpose of scaling, innovating and thinking up new ways of doing business.  

The Gravity Media will give priority to Applications that has the new ways of doing business in offering and tech driven companies. The Gravity Media will not unlawfully discriminate against any Applicant on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, marital status, or other similarly protected characteristics.

2. Eligibility

These Grant Terms provide information on the minimum eligibility requirements for a Grant. In order to be eligible for a Grant, an Applicant must (a) meet all the criteria in these Grant Terms, unless a criterion is explicitly waived in writing by The Gravity Media, (b) agree to these Grant Terms, and (c) sign an agreement reaffirming the terms of these Grant Terms outlining the Grant received and the services and content Recipient agrees to provide to The Gravity Media (the “Grant Agreement”) . The Gravity Media may waive eligibility criteria in its sole discretion by providing a writing to the Applicant explicitly referencing the criteria and stating it is waived.

The Grants will be awarded to Applicants to be used for the sole purpose of scaling, innovating and thinking up new ways of doing business.  

The Gravity Media will give priority to Applications that has the new ways of doing business in offering and tech driven companies. The Gravity Media will not unlawfully discriminate against any Applicant on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, marital status, or other similarly protected characteristics.

Eligibility Criteria

An Application must be completed at www.thegravitymedia.com/SMEforfuture and must be completed in a truthful and accurate manner, and should have enough information to aid The Gravity media make decision.

    The Applicant (a) must be registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), (b) must be a business or non-profit entity (natural persons are not eligible for a Grant and may only complete Applications as authorized agents of a business entity),(c) must have been in business for over a year, and (d) may not be (i) a religious entity, (ii) a lobbying or political advocacy entity; or (ii) an entity that engages in discriminatory practices;

    The Applicant must cooperate with The Gravity Media and provide additional information about Applicant or the Application upon request;

  

    The Proposal may not, in whole or in part, be for any prohibited purpose (each, below, a “Prohibited Purpose”):

  •         Any purpose that is in conflict with The Gravity Media values or mission,
  •         A religious purpose,
  •         Any purpose that will involve unlawful discrimination,
  •         Political or lobbying efforts,
  •         Litigation purposes, or
  •         Any purpose other than to further a COVID-19 response

The Grants will be awarded to Applicants to be used for the sole purpose of scaling, innovating and thinking up new ways of doing business.  

The Gravity Media will give priority to Applications that has the new ways of doing business in offering and tech driven companies. The Gravity Media will not unlawfully discriminate against any Applicant on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, marital status, or other similarly protected characteristics.

No Entitlement

Even if you meet all the eligibility criteria, you acknowledge that you have no entitlement to any Grant. The Gravity Media may reject any Application for any lawful reason in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, concern about the truthfulness, reliability, or completeness of the Application; concerns about the legitimacy or trustworthiness of Applicant; determination that the Proposal would be ineffective; belief that the Applicant or Proposal are inconsistent with Upwork’s mission or values; or any other lawful reason.

3. Grant Recipients and Awards

a. Notification.

The Gravity Media will notify each Recipient about the Grant and the amount of the Grant by email to Recipient’s email included in the Application including the Grant Agreement (the “Notification”).

b. Acceptance.

Recipient can accept or decline the Grant by signing the Grant Agreement within five (5) calendar days of the date of the Notification. By accepting the Grant, Recipient affirms that Recipient will complete the proposal and Promotional Materials as described in the Application under these Grant Terms, including Section 4 (Conditions of Grant) and Section 5 (License to Use Company Name and Logo; Likenesses). If there is a conflict between the Application and these Grant Terms, these Grant Terms will apply. If Recipient cannot complete the Proposal for any reason, Recipient may not accept the Grant and must immediately notify Upwork. Such notification will revoke the Grant, which will only be reissued in The Gravity Media sole discretion.

c. Award.

Within ten (10) days of Recipient’s (a) signing the Grant Agreement and (b) provision of CAC certificate or any other requested documentation, Grant Terms, including, without limitation, Section 5 (License to Use Company Name and Logo; Likenesses).

d. Complimentary Plus Membership.

In addition to the Grant, Recipients will be awarded a complimentary Plus plan for three (3) months to enable Recipient to more effectively use the Site to find and engage qualified Freelancers and Agencies.

4. Conditions of Grant

By accepting a Grant, Recipient agrees to comply with the following conditions:

 

  •    To use the Grant funds for the stated Proposal in the Application;
  •   To create Promotional Materials and to be featured, and for your content to be featured, in promotional materials, including, without limitation, advertisements promoting  The Gravity Media, and to assign the rights to all such materials to The Gravity Media  for marketing purposes, as described and assigned in Section 5;
  •   To comply with The Gravity Media Nondiscrimination Statement;
  •   To subscribe to marketing emails;

5. License to Content; Company Name and Logo; Likenesses

By applying for a Grant, you agree to grant The Gravity Media the rights to use your story in marketing assets and, without limiting the foregoing, create and provide Promotional Materials, including, without limitation, any video, film, recording, audio and/or photograph(s) as agreed in the Grant Agreement to be used by The Gravity Media in its marketing and promotional materials. The Gravity Media shall have complete ownership of any such video, film, recording, audio and/or photograph(s), including any copyright interests, and you hereby waive any all interest and ownership rights therein. The Gravity Media will have the right to edit and alter any such video, film, recording, audio and/or photograph(s) and you waive any right of approval.

By applying for a Grant, you hereby grant to The Gravity Media and our successors and affiliates a royalty-free, sub-licensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, exclusive (except non-exclusive with respect to your name, logo, voice and likeness), worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display, any and all content you create or participate in, your logo (including those of the entity you represent), your name, voice, and/or likeness, in whole or in part, and in any form, media, or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, including for promoting, marketing, and redistributing Upwork or part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

6. Authority

If you submit an Application as an employee or agent on behalf of a business or non-profit entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to bind yourself and your entity.

7. Privacy

Your privacy is important to The Gravity Media and your information, including information submitted in an Application, will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which is part of the Terms of Service, and applicable law.

8. Additional Definitions

Terms not defined above have the definitions stated here:

  • “Applicant” means the authorized agent of and the business or non-profit entity that completes an Application through its authorized agent.
  • “Application” means an application for a Grant submitted at www.thegravitymedia.com/smeforfuture
  • “Proposal” means the proposed COVID-19 response efforts described in an Application.
  • “Promotional Materials” means content created by Recipient for use in promotional activities by Upwork in any medium in any jurisdiction and as further agreed in the Grant Agreement.
  • “Services” means any services provided by a Freelancer or Agency engaged and paid through the Site pursuant to a Service Contract.