Deadline for Google grants approaches

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Applications for Google’s community grants are accepted year-round, with submissions due before midnight Pacific time on Jan. 31 and June 30.

The community grants program supports organizations and initiatives that focus on specific areas that match Google’s passions:

•Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We place a particular focus on Computer Science Education and STEM initiatives for underrepresented populations in math and science professions, including girls.

•Efforts to bridge the digital divide.

•Carbon reduction/green initiatives with regional impact.

•Nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening the technology startup/entrepreneurial ecosystem.

•Technology infrastructure for nonprofits, cultural institutions and schools that propose to use technology in an innovative way to broaden impact and reach new audiences.

Applicants must make it clear within their proposal how the project aligns with these guidelines. Grants are made only for one-time, capacity-building projects; grants are not intended to be renewed for yearly operating or program expenses. The grants also are not for purchasing software or hardware that is primarily for internal use by the staff or volunteers of a single organization; for proposals that specifically reference the purchase of Google products; or capital campaigns.

Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.

The application can be found online ( Google will narrow down the selection and may ask for a subsequent interview with the applicant or for specific additional information.

Award announcements will be sent approximately one month following the submission deadlines (March 1 and Aug. 1, respectively). Google reserves the right to cancel any grant round at any time.

Google community grants are intended for nonprofit and certain public organizations who hold a 501(c)(1) IRS status, focusing largely on public schools, libraries and community centers, or a 501(c)(3) status.

For-profit companies, organizations whose mission or activities include proselytizing on behalf of any religion, and organizations that make hiring decisions based on race, gender, faith, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability are not eligible for Google community grants.