Google has just unveiled a global impact challenge for women-focused organisations to empower women and girls worldwide.
The initiative was announced in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, themed #ChooseToChallenge.
As part of its commitment, Google is committing $25 million in an ongoing impact challenge while supporting 1 million entrepreneurs in rural India.
In a statement, Google.org President Jacquelline Fuller said that the challenge is to advocate; cutting across gender inequality and support innovative non-profit organisations.
“We’re calling on ideas from nonprofits and social organizations around the world that are working to advance the economic empowerment of women and girls and create pathways to prosperity,” Jacquelline said.
“Google.org will provide $25 million in overall funding and Impact Challenge grantees will receive mentoring from Googlers, Ad Grants and additional support to bring their ideas to life,” she added.
Google.org is the philanthropy arm of Google that invests over $200 million annually to help other non-profit organisations leverage technology to build human capacity across the globe.
While at that, Google often prioritises non-profit organisations that are resided in unserved and underserved communities.
However, the women leaders will be strategically selected from countries with deep expertise in global public policy, advocacy, research, business, technology, and more to choose the ideas with the most significant potential for impact.
Interested Organisation must meet the following criteria
Applicants herein referred to interested non-profit organisations must first develop a project proposal solving women-focused challenges.
The proposal must be backed by properly-researched analytics and data while ensuring that it creates economic opportunities for women and girls.
Also, entries must be verifiable, and as such, applicants must be able to prove why their project is unique philosophically and execution-wise.
Applicants must be a team of women and must include women in leadership positions and expert partners capable of implementing a feasible, well-developed plan.
Additionally, applicants must detail how the project can thrive beyond the incubation stage, either directly, as a model for other efforts, or an advancement in the field.
Lastly, all entries must be submitted in the English language; non-English speaking applicants can translate ahead of submission.
How to apply
- To apply for the $25 million global impact challenge fund, applicants must visit the official website, Google.org or simply click this link.
- Here, there are two stages to completing the application; in the first stage, Google.org will invite high-potential organizations to submit additional project information.
- On the other hand, the invitations to the Stage 2 application will be sent on a rolling basis. Unfortunately, applications that did not move on to Stage 2 will not be further considered for the Google.org Impact Challenge.
- Moving on, read the necessary instruction pages, then proceed to enter the basic information for your organisation, including full registered name, website URL, social media handles, address and country.
- Further, fill other requirements including founding date, number of employees, annual budget as well as your full name, job title and email address (if you’re the one completing the application).
- Once you are done with the above, proceed to provide the required information on your project. Select the funding range you’re applying for – $300,000 – $500,000$; 500,000 -$1 million; $1 million -$1.5 million or $1.5 million – $2 million.
- Complete your application by answering all ethics and compliance questions. Applicants must also supply optional information then finally, click submit.
If you are wondering how long you have until the submission deadline; applications are open until Friday, April 9 for interested candidates to submit their proposed project.
At the end of the program, winning organisations will be awarded cash funding prizes between $300,000 and $2 million as well as other forms of support from Google.
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