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Application for Endorsement

Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unite statewide partners, events, and projects to celebrate and commemorate our state’s 200th birthday.

In addition to Signature Events and Projects being led by the Commission, we invite all statewide partners and event and project managers planning activities between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018 to apply for endorsement to become an official part of Illinois Bicentennial.

Once approved, you will receive an official Bicentennial Seal of Endorsement for use on your marketing materials, in addition to statewide promotional support, including listings in our online Bicentennial events and projects calendars, official publications and social media promotion.

Endorsement Categories

Illinois Bicentennial endorsements are classified by one of three categories: PARTNER, PROJECT, and EVENT. We request that all applicants consider in advance how Illinois Bicentennial can be incorporated in event/project planning, promotion, and execution. Please review our endorsement categories below to determine which of our three endorsement categories is right for you.

PARTNER PROJECT EVENT
Definition
  • A business, nonprofit, or committee with organized, Bicentennial-specific programming
  • A sponsor of Bicentennial signature events or projects
  • Illinois Bicentennial Commissioners
  • Illinois Counties & Municipalities
  • Third-party projects endorsed by Illinois Bicentennial
  • Third-party events endorsed by Illinois Bicentennial
Benefits
  • PARTNER Seal of Endorsement for use on materials (in compliance with guidelines)
  • Promotion on Bicentennial website and social media properties
  • Sponsor benefits as defined
  • Opportunity to purchase discounted, co-branded merchandise for giveaways, gifts, and employee rewards (employee rewards program can be customized and automated for turnkey deployment)
  • Opportunity to attend and be recognized at a meeting of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission
  • Potential recognition in Bicentennial Publications (i.e. Newsletter, Commemorative Book, Final Report)
  • PROJECT Seal of Endorsement for use on materials (in compliance with guidelines)
  • Promotion on Bicentennial website and social media properties
  • Opportunity to purchase discounted, co-branded merchandise for project staff/volunteers, giveaways, gifts, and staff/volunteer rewards (rewards program can be customized and automated for turnkey deployment)
  • Potential recognition in Bicentennial Publications (i.e. Newsletter, Commemorative Book, Final Report)
  • EVENT Seal of Endorsement for use on materials (in compliance with guidelines)
  • Promotion on Bicentennial website and social media properties
  • Opportunity to purchase discounted, co-branded merchandise for event staff/volunteers, giveaways, gifts, and staff/volunteer rewards (rewards program can be customized and automated for turnkey deployment)
  • Potential recognition in Bicentennial Publications (i.e. Newsletter, Commemorative Book, Final Report)

Application for Endorsement Forms

Please complete and submit the Application for Endorsement below. Thank you in advance for helping us create a meaningful, statewide celebration that will inspire all Illinoisans to be #IllinoisProud

Application for Endorsement of a Partner
Application for Endorsement of a Project
Application for Endorsement of an Event

Note: Illinois Bicentennial will not endorse candidates for public office and political organizations. 

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