$5 million Google Impact Challenge for tech nonprofits


Just over one week remains before the $5 million Google Impact Challenge deadline for submissions.

The Google.org Impact Challenge will dole out $5 million to Canadian nonprofit organizations using technology.

On the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday the multinational tech mammoth is looking for ten nonprofit organizations “that will lead Canada into the next 150 years of innovation.” All registered nonprofits and charities in Canada can submit their project with a few specific exclusions that can found on the website. A “project” means an implementation plan for how it will use technology to address a social problem.

Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm that provides grants and support to nonprofits, will award the cash to 10 organizations to help bring their ideas to life. Five winning organizations will receive a $750,000 grant, and five additional finalists will receive $250,000.

Applications are due on November 26. Google will announce the 10 finalists on March 5 and a public voting system between March 5 and 28. The ten finalists will pitch their project to a panel of judges in Toronto at a closing event on March 30, 2017.

A total of five winners will be chosen: four selected by the panel of judges and one winner chosen by public vote from March 6 – 28.

Judges include NHL player and former Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Jacquelline Fuller, the director of Google.org and more.

Applicants are invited to submit a project to be reviewed by Google, based on these criteria:

  • Impact. How will the proposed project improve lives? How many people will be affected if successful and to what extent? Is the proposal rooted in research that identifies the size of the problem and how the proposed idea will help solve it?
  • Technology / Innovation. Does the proposal leverage technology in a new and creative way to tackle the issue it seeks to address?
  • Scalability. If successful, how easily can this project scale? Can this proposal serve as a model for other efforts?
  • Feasibility. Does the team have a well­ developed, realistic plan to execute on the proposal? Have they identified the right partners for implementation?

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