MORE THAN A MATCHING GRANT
Tools to Help Your Project
To help communities and organizations to succeed, the sponsors are providing more than a matching grant. All submissions will receive national exposure via the Commission's web site, but the 100 selected projects will also receive special recognition as award winners providing a great incentive to local contributors that the applicants solicit for their projects.
Additionally, the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program will assist participants with local public relations and community outreach efforts by providing promotion templates, social media resources, images, PSA copy and more via the program's promotion tool kits.
Specific planned promotion opportunities include:
- In July of 2017, All compliant project applications, the memorials and the accompanying photo essays & videos will be published on the website of the World War I Centennial Commission. A social media and media campaign will be launched to create a general awareness of the projects, the participants who have submitted applications and their local sponsors. This gallery will be open for public comments that will be captured and submitted to the project jury.
- On or around November 11, 2017, the grant awards will be announced a list of all awardees, along with their principle donors to date, will be prominently posted on the website of the World War I Centennial Commission and publicized via a national press conference that will announce the entire list of 100 awardees and their organizers and principle sponsors. Local organizations and donors will be invited to make themselves available for interview by local media outlets.
- From the announcement forwards, the restoration and commemoration accomplishments of the 100 awardees will be showcased. Showcases will include recognition for each nominee group and its participating partner organizations, including its principle donors.
- On November 11, 2018, the date of national commemoration of the World War I armistice, national press conferences will accompany commemoration activities at Arlington National Cemetery and the dedication of the new World War I National Memorial in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The 100 awardee organizations, as well as our major national funding partners, will be recognized in ceremonies at the new memorial in Washington, and at similar events at the national World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago.
- Additionally, a high-quality coffee table book published by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the United States World War One Centennial Commission honoring the efforts and achievements of the 100 awardees (and listing all nominees) will be released to the public. National sponsor organizations will be prominently profiled. Each awardee will be featured in its own two-page spread which will also recognize principle organizers, donors and sponsors of the local efforts.