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Google RISE Awards

Deadline: September 23, 2016

The Google RISE program supports and connects organizations around the world to increase equity in computer science (CS) education with a focus on girls, minorities who are historically underrepresented in the field, and youth from low-income communities. CS is defined as the study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society. Examples include programming, coding, and computational thinking.

Funding priorities include:

  • CS programs in out-of-school time: grants fund organizations that run extracurricular computer science programs
  • Addressing inequality: programs must serve girls, underrepresented minorities, or youth in low-income communities
  • Pre-university age youth: programs should benefit youth up to 18 and are not open to programs for students already enrolled in university level education or above

Priority is given to applicants that:

  • Are small and mighty with the potential to scale through programmatic expansion or achieve broader reach by sharing information
  • Have deep roots in the community the program seeks to benefit, including partnerships or collaboration to continue to engage youth
  • Implement a program that is connected to a compelling problem and there the project is needed in the community

Amount: Grants of $10,000-$25,000 are available. Grantees also receive the following types of support:

  • Capacity building: Access to a 12-month capacity building program that connects awardees with Google expertise
  • Operational support: Customized to the needs of the organizations, such as volunteers or pro bono consulting
  • A community of practice: Continued peer engagement that connects awardees, alumni, and beyond so that communities around the world can learn from best practices and lessons learned

Note that funding does not support web literacy programs, IT troubleshooting, or computer literacy programs such as software training.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations with charitable registration status or fiscal sponsor located in the U.S. or select international countries.

Link: https://www.google.com/edu/resources/programs/google-rise-awards/

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