Nominee Eligibility Requirements
Nominees must be at least 60 years old and reside in a U.S. state or territory. Nominees should be positive role models who inspire others and make significant contributions locally and/or globally.
Nominees can be volunteers or paid professionals and can be engaged in a diversity of activities. For example:
Civic Engagement: including, but not limited to, community service activities, organizational involvement or leadership, and community organizing
Creative Arts: including, but not limited to, individuals who are using various media (painting and drawing, sculpture, poetry and prose, vocal or instrumental performance, dance, new media, etc.) to educate others and raise awareness about important local or global issues.
Technology and Innovation: including, but not limited to, individuals who are showing notable ingenuity by making new discoveries, creating new technologies, or developing other types of advances in critical fields.
- Nominations must be made by representatives of an organization. For purposes of this Challenge an organization can be a domestic public or private non-profit entity including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.
- Nominating organizations must have explicit written permission to share information about the nominee publicly on www.OlderAmericansMonth.ACL.gov and on U.S. Administration for Community Living web and social media properties (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest).
- The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
- The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual, or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- By submitting the nomination, you grant the U.S. Administration for Community Living a royalty-free, irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, distribute, perform, display, or create derivative works of the submission, or otherwise use the work for federal purposes, and also to authorize others to do so.
- Each organization may submit up to three nominations.
- Nominations must be submitted electronically at Challenge.gov.
- Nominations must include a recent photograph of the nominee that is at least 430 by 300 pixels.
- Nominations must include a brief description (300 to 500 words) of what the nominee is doing to unleash the power of age in your community.
- Where applicable, nominations should also be accompanied by a video, photograph, or word document of the nominee’s work (for example, a copy of a nominee’s original artwork or a representation of his/her innovation, etc.).
- Photographs should be at least 430 x 300 pixels and should be uploaded through challenge.gov
- Text documents should be saved in Microsoft Word or a compatible format and uploaded through challenge.gov
- Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or another video streaming service, and the link should be embedded through challenge.gov
Screening and Winner Selection
All nominations will go through an initial screening process to eliminate submissions that violate the competition’s rules or do not reflect the theme and intent of this challenge. Nominations passing the initial screening will be evaluated by a panel of judges, who will select the top ten entries. The finalists will be posted on Challenge.gov, where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite entry. Voting will take place during the month of May and the three entries receiving the most votes will be declared the winners of the challenge.