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Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees Joins Pepsi Refresh Project to Seek Good Ideas That Refresh Gulf Coast Communities

Pepsi will Accept up to 1,000 Submissions Beginning Today at

Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees Joins Pepsi Refresh Project to Seek Good Ideas That Refresh Gulf Coast Communities

Pepsi will Accept up to 1,000 Submissions Beginning Today at

Published 07-12-10

Submitted by PepsiCo

/PRNewswire/ - The Pepsi Refresh Project, which plans on awarding more than $20 million this year to fund good ideas, big and small, that help refresh our world, will begin accepting idea submissions today from individuals and organizations to make a positive impact on communities in the Gulf states. Submissions for The Pepsi Refresh Project: Do Good for the Gulf ideas will open today at noon ET at and will close on Friday, July 16 at 11:59 a.m. or when Pepsi receives 1,000 submissions, whichever occurs first.

Pepsi will empower Americans to decide which ideas get funded and make a positive impact on communities that have been directly affected by the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting on Monday, August 2 and continuing throughout the month of August, choose your favorite ideas at Pepsi will award $1.3 million in grants of $250,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $5,000 to ideas that receive the greatest number of votes.

In the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has partnered with Pepsi to help elevate the need for good ideas, big and small, that will help affected communities move forward.

"We are all devastated by the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the communities of the Gulf coast," said Brees. "The Pepsi Refresh Project is allowing us all to Do Good for the Gulf by empowering Americans to turn their ideas to refresh communities in the Gulf region from wishful thinking into reality," he continued.

Following his team's successful Super Bowl win, Brees was announced the winner of a $100,000 Pepsi Refresh grant that will help New Orleans-based Hope Lodge provide rooms for cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information on his Pepsi Refresh Grant, click here.

Submission Criteria

  • Ideas may be submitted at from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia but must have a clear community benefit for communities in the Gulf region (states that are on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida)

  • Ideas must be executable within 12 months

  • Ideas must intend to make a positive impact on communities affected by recent events in the Gulf

  • Pepsi Refresh Project Gulf initiative will not support ideas directly related to clean-up efforts and environmental impact

  • Ideas shall not pertain to seek financial reparation from the environmental tragedy or propose engineering or clean-up solutions

  • Previous Gulf-focused Pepsi Refresh Project submissions, which have not been the recipient of a Pepsi Refresh grant, may be re-submitted if they meet above stated criteria

The Pepsi Refresh Project: Do Good for the Gulf is an extension of the Pepsi Refresh Project, which has awarded more than $7 million to fund good ideas in communities across the U.S. Each month, Pepsi accepts 1,000 ideas and asks America to choose which ideas will win a Pepsi Refresh Grant. The Project has also funded 127 of these great ideas to move communities forward. In June, 32 ideas with the most votes were funded and these ideas will help to give scholarships to young musicians in Oberlin, OH through Credo Chamber Music, build a weight room for the Kicking Mules of Bedford High School in Michigan, and support the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry to fight hunger in San Antonio, Texas.

To view the entire list of Pepsi Refresh Grant Finalists for June, visit:

Pepsi Refresh Project

In an effort to support those who generate innovative, optimistic ideas, the Pepsi Refresh Project (, will award more than $20 million in 2010 to move communities forward. Individuals can apply for grants to benefit a variety of projects starting January 13, and site visitors can vote for the best ideas for funding starting February 1. The Pepsi Refresh Project is an evolution of the Refresh Everything initiative Pepsi launched in 2009, which showed the brand as an optimistic catalyst for idea creation, leading to an ever-refreshing world. Pepsi will fund projects that make a difference in six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education.

The Pepsi Refresh Project can be found at, on Facebook at or on Twitter, @Pepsi or #pepsirefresh.

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