The 2017 Oak Tree Project has three distinct rounds. In the first round, members of the community submit stories supporting their favourite charity registered on the Oak Tree Project website. These stories – be they text, photos, video or audio – should illustrate how the charity builds a community where everyone can belong and thrive. Each of these stories counts as a vote in the first round. Round one begins on June 16th, 2017 and ends on July 17th, 2017.  The five charities that receive the most stories in the first round move on to the second round.

At the beginning of the second round, each of the five finalists summarize their idea for the judges by answering some specific questions. The answers to the questions help the judges evaluate both the impact of the idea and its potential for success. The impact of the idea is considered both in terms of how the use of funds improves the organization’s capacity to meet their goals in the community, and how the use of funds benefits the cultural lives of the citizens of Guelph and Wellington County. Some consideration is given to the organization’s plans to execute the idea. Most importantly, the judges consider the quality, originality and creativity of the idea.

On September 21st, 2017, we will gather together at the Finale to celebrate all of the participants in the 2017 Oak Tree Project. All of the charities involved will receive support from the community for their efforts and ideas. The five finalists will make a live pitch to the crowd at the Finale and then the crowd will vote.

The winner is determined by adding up the individual scores from all three rounds.