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Sweet Cash Program Rules

The Sugar Land Sweet Cash Program is a component of the #AllInForSLTX business campaign. The program will use Sugar Land 4B Corporation (SL4B) funds to leverage private dollars in support of local businesses. For every gift card that is purchased (up to $200 per person and duly submitted to the program) from a Sugar Land business, the SL4B will provide gift card(s) from participating businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Gift cards equal to approximately half of the value of the initial purchase will be provided to the initial purchaser, while gift cards equal to approximately the other half of the value of the initial purchase will be given to a frontline worker in Sugar Land as a “thank you” for their service during the pandemic. 

The gift card campaign will be paired with additional programming around the #AllInForSLTX theme to maximize exposure - including "Sweet Summer Saturdays." The program is anticipated to start in June 2020 and seeks to support approximately 100 local small businesses not only through gift card purchases but associated promotional activities. 

Consumer Participation 

Consumer: A consumer of the Sweet Cash Program buys a gift card from any Sugar Land business, fully completes an online submission form, submits a receipt as proof of their purchase and any related information, and agrees to post to a social media platform of their choice with the #AllInForSLTX tag. 

Frontline Worker: A frontline worker is a healthcare, public safety, grocery or related occupation that has assisted in the COVID-19 pandemic efforts and as a result may have had increased exposure to the virus due to their work. The worker must be a Sugar Land resident or work in Sugar Land.  City of Sugar Land employees will not be eligible to receive gift cards as a frontline worker. 

Frontline Business/Organization: A frontline business or organization is one that has been necessary in the fight against COVID-19, such as a hospital, medical-related service, grocery store, supplier of medical supplies or necessary goods and other similar businesses that have needed to continue operation throughout the pandemic. 

Initial Gift Card Purchase: The initial gift card purchase is made at any Sugar Land business on or after the date announced by the Sweet Cash Program and while supplies lasts. The date will be published on the program website and the initial gift card purchased must have a minimum value of $40. 

"Thank you" Gift Card Amounts: Gift card(s) from a Participating Business will be distributed based on the following categories and as funding/supplies last:  

If initial gift card value is:

  1. $40.00 to $79.99 | $20 gift card to consumer | $20 gift card to frontline worker/business/organization

  2. $80.00 to $119.99 | Two (2) $20 gift cards to consumer | Two (2) $20 gift cards to frontline workers/ business/organization 

  3. $120.00 to $159.99 | Three (3) $20 gift cards to consumer | Three (3) $20 gift cards to frontline workers/business/organization 

  4. $160.00 to $199.99 | Four (4) $20 gift cards to consumer | Four (4) $20 gift cards to frontline workers/business/organization 

  5. $200 and above | Five (5) $20 gift cards to consumer | Five (5) $20 gift cards to frontline workers/business/organization 

Nomination of a FrontLine Worker/Organization/Business: Consumers will have the ability to nominate a frontline worker or organization/business, such as a hospital, for a "pay-it-forward" gift card.  The frontline worker or organization/business will be verified by SL4B staff.  Consumers may not nominate themselves or someone in their household. 

"Thank you" Gift Card Distribution to Consumer: Consumers will have the option to pick-up their gift card at a designated location or receive their gift card by mail. The Sweet Cash Program is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged gifts card or any unauthorized card use.

"Pay-it-forward" Gift Card Distribution to Front-Line Worker/Business/Organization: Gift cards will be distributed through the Sweet Summer Saturdays activations or mailed directly to the frontline worker.  A signed Gift Card Acknowledgement Form will be required.   

Business Participation 

Participating Businesses: A participating business is one that applies to the Sweet Cash Program, is accepted based on eligibility criteria, and enters into a performance agreement with the SL4B to sell gift cards in $20 increments to the SL4B for the Sweet Cash Program based on a total amount determined by the Selection Committee.   

Application Process: A Participating Business must submit a completed application via the designated online form to be considered for the program.  An application will be deemed incomplete if all requested materials are not provided.  Applicants that meet the Eligibility Criteria will be accepted on a first come first served basis as funding allows and as determined by the Selection Committee.  

Eligibility Criteria: A business will be considered for the Sweet Cash Program if they submit a completed application, meet the following criteria and provide requested materials:  

  1. Business has a location in Sugar Land 

  2. Business has paid/submitted local sales and use tax or Hotel Occupancy Tax to the City at least once in 2019 

  3. Business had 50 or fewer Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees as of March 13, 2020

  4. Business must be in good standing with the City of Sugar Land

  5. Self-certifies on the provided form that they have been forced to close or reduce their operation and quantify the revenue loss suffered due to COVID-19 

  6. Business is considered a hotel, retail, food & beverage, or service-oriented business 

  7. Business issues gift cards or gift certificates for their establishment 

Selection of Participating Businesses: A Selection Committee made up of a representative from the Economic Development Department, Purchasing Department and City Attorney’s Office will review the applications for completeness, eligibility and determine the Total Gift Card Purchase from each Participating Business. The Sweet Cash program reserves the right to exclude any business for any reason. Selection decisions are final and at the discretion of the Sweet Cash program.

Gift Cards: Each gift card purchased by the SL4B from the Participating Business will be $20 and accompanied by a receipt demonstrating activation of the card and dollar amount. 

Total Gift Card Purchase: SL4B’s purchase of gift cards from any individual Participating Business will not exceed $5,000 total over the life of the program. 

Program Funding: Program funding will be provided and determined by the SL4B.  Pending available funds and operation of the program, the Sweet Cash program could have multiple rounds. 

Non-Participating Businesses: A business, located in the City of Sugar Land city limits, where the consumer purchases their initial gift card.  A Non-participating business can or cannot be a participant of the Sweet Cash Program.  They are selected by the consumer. 

Other Program Rules

Disclaimer: The program will attempt to stop accepting consumer submissions as soon as program funds are depleted. 

Terms of Service: The Sugar Land 4B Corporation and associated, City of Sugar Land, serve solely as the administrator of the Sweet Cash Program. Once a purchase has been made and "thank you" gift card(s) has been issued, the Consumer may redeem their gift card at the Participating Business through at least August 31, 2020.  No refunds or exchanges will be given by the Sugar Land 4B Corporation or the City of Sugar Land except where required by law.  

Gift cards issued under this program carry the same risk that all gift cards have. Specifically, that the Participating Business issuing the gift card may cease business or otherwise be unable to provide the goods or services. Gift Card recipients are to treat them like cash.  

After receiving the gift card, consumers should contact the Participating Business directly with any questions or concerns. Consumers understand and agree that issues associated with a gift card functionality or acceptance are the sole responsibility of the issuing Participating Business and not the City of Sugar Land or Sugar Land 4B Corporation. Consumer releases the City of Sugar Land and Sugar Land 4B Corporation from all liability and responsibility associated with the failure of the issuing Participating Business to be able to provide the goods or services. 

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