WTCI, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofits and Allied Arts, invites all non-profit organizations to apply for the inaugural Be More Awards™. The purpose of the WTCI Be More Awards™ is to applaud the outstanding and often unrecognized efforts of non-profit organizations within the WTCI viewing area.
Awards will be given in six categories: Be More Collaborative (Partnership), Be More Enriched (Educational Outreach), Be More Creative (Innovation) , Be More Impactful (Local Service), Be More Courageous (Individual Leadership) and Be More Engaging (People’s Choice)*.
Nominees will be judged by an impartial panel of respected business and community leaders and the winners will be announced at the WTCI Be More Awards ™ luncheon and ceremony on March 3, 2010. The event, held at The Chattanoogan, will recognize the top nominees in each category and will feature keynote speaker, Judy Woodruff , senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Be part of the first Be More Awards™ by submitting your application today. Applications are being accepted now through December 1, 2009. For more information, please visit the WTCI website at www.wtcitv.org/bemoreawards or call Julie Taylor at 423.702.7808.
* Non-profits do not apply for The Be More Engaging (People’s Choice) award. Judges score each applicant for inclusion in this award category. The top ten applicants (two per category) will be entered into the online competition.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I know if I am eligible to apply? The WTCI Be More Awards™ are open to all non-profit organizations located in WTCI's viewing area, which encompasses 35 counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Coffee, Cumberland, Franklin , Grundy, Hamilton, Loudon , Marion , McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, and White Counties in Tennessee; Cherokee, Dekalb and Jackson Counties in Alabama; and Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Pickens, Walker and Whitfield Counties in Georgia. We encourage all non-profits in our viewing area to apply and share their inspiring work with our community.
2. Can a nonprofit apply for more than one award category? Yes, we welcome multiple entries from the same organization. However, each entry must be kept separate and have all the requisite documentation. Please do not submit one application and check numerous award categories.
3. Is there a fee to apply for a Be More Award™? No, there is no fee to apply for an award. The mission of the WTCI Be More Awards™ is to generate awareness for non-profit organizations, champion organizations' unsung heroes and celebrate the spirit of goodwill throughout the community. We encourage all non-profits in our viewing area to apply and share their inspiring work with our community.
4. Does the project/program have to have been started in the period between January, 2008 and October, 2009? For the first Be More Awards™ competition, the project/program does NOT have to have been started between January, 2008 and October, 2009. However, it is assumed that the program has been continued into the aforementioned period, and enhancements have been made to the program to warrant its continuation.
5. What is the deadline for applications, and how can applications be delivered? Award applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Applicants can also hand deliver their applications to WTCI Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WTCI is located at 7540 Bonnyshire Drive in Chattanooga (next to the Tennessee Driver's License Testing Center on Bonny Oaks Drive). Late submissions will not be accepted.
6. Do nominees for the Be More...Courageous Award (Individual Leadership) have to be employed by a nonprofit? No, nominees for the Be More...Courageous Award do not have to be employed by a nonprofit. This award will recognize an individual who demonstrates leadership and visionary thinking as a community volunteer. Therefore, the nomination should be based on the individual's volunteer efforts that are making a significant impact in the community. In addition, we recognize that many organizations have on staff courageous, visionary leaders who are making a difference for their organization. Nominations should be based on the work the nominee does above and beyond the job requirements for his or her full time employment for the organization (i.e. additional volunteer time the individual commits to the organization and/or other organizations the individual volunteers with in the community).
7. Should we reflect in-kind support in the required budget section of the application? Yes, it is important your project budget reflect your actual expenditures, as well as any in-kind support that was critical for the success of your project (i.e. in-kind facility space, in-kind printing, volunteer time, etc.). By reflecting the actual and in-kind costs of your project, you will be able to demonstrate your organization's resourcefulness and the true value and impact of your project in the community. However, we would like to clarify that in-kind support is not required and projects with in-kind support will not be given preference; applicants will be judged based on the overall merits of the project.
8. How do you qualify for the People’s Choice Award where people vote online? First, you must apply for one of the four award categories for non-profit organizations. Judges will score those entries for the People’s Choice Award/Be More…Engaging based on how the organization is connected to the community and the people it serves. Up to ten organizations will be voted on for this award.