All winners and finalists will be selected from completed applications received by the due date of September 30, 2012. Initial applications may be screened by Georgia Natural Gas employees and/or its affiliates and vendors to ensure that they meet overall judging criteria. An independent panel of judges will select the winners in their discretion based on such criteria as they deem appropriate. Judges may or may not be revealed to the public. All winners agree to have at least one representative of their organization present for the November 15, 2012 ceremony to be held in metropolitan Atlanta. Each recipient is responsible for their own travel expenses to Atlanta. Nonprofit organizations (including foundations) directly affiliated with for-profit corporations or competitors are encouraged not to apply. Applications may be submitted by one applicant, a team, or a third-party with the project coordinator or designee serving as the primary contact. Winners agree to use the award directly as described in their application and not as a “pass-though” to any other nonprofit organization or entity. Winners agree to have their image and likeness, including photos and all submitted materials, used for reasonable news and promotional purposes. Previous winners are not eligible to apply or win for a period of three years.