The Google.org Impact Challenge (GIC) is an open call for submissions for funding from organizations across the world who are empowering women and girls to advance in the economy. Google.org will provide funding to selected organizations out of a US$25 million fund.
Why is Google hosting the Google.org Impact Challenge?
Twenty-five years ago, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action set an ambitious commitment to achieve gender equality; and in 2015, the UN made “gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls” one of its Sustainable Development Goals. Despite these large-scale efforts, women and men remain on unequal footing and the inequality has worsened in the wake of COVID-19; 55% of women, compared with only 34% of men, reported income loss as one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic.
As the world rebuilds economies and societies anew in the wake of the pandemic, we see an opportunity. The Google.org Impact Challenge will provide a total of US$25 million in funding for programs that advance economic empowerment for women and girls; and that will provide the tools, resources and opportunities they need to turn their ideas and economic potential into power.
What will funding recipients receive? How big will the funding be?
Google.org will provide funding to selected organizations out of a US$25 million fund. They expect each fund size may range from US$300,000 to US$2 million; but will ultimately be allocated based on project needs.
They however, encourage applicants to submit budgets that accurately reflect the scope of their proposal. Likewise, any additional resources provided will also be tailored to project needs. Organizations may also receive customized post-funding support to help bring their ideas to life.
Why are there two stages to the application process?
They are two stages in the application processes; because Google.org wants to be mindful of the resources your organization spends on preparing for the Google.org Impact Challenge. Through a two-stage application process, they hope to save you time by reducing the number of questions asked in Stage 1 and communicating the status of your application earlier.
Applications are open from March 8 to April 9, 2021. The organizations selected to receive funding will be announced in late 2021.
The Challenge is open to any not-for-profit charity; other not-for-profit organization; public or private academic or research institution; or for-profit social enterprise company with a project that has an explicit charitable purpose. We’re looking for innovators who understand the needs within both their local communities and countries.
Final discretion as to which organizations and which projects are funded is up to Google.org. Your organization must have a registered office in your country of residence. Organizations located in Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, or Syria and projects in those countries are not eligible to apply. Unfortunately, individuals without organizational affiliation are ineligible.
Can we apply if we’re a for-profit business with a social impact?
For-profit businesses that are registered or formed under the laws of one of the eligible countries may apply if their suggested project has an explicit charitable purpose and they are willing to open source any IP created (or distributed) with the funding.
Can my organization submit a joint application with another organization?
Only one organization may be the applicant of record, but we welcome and encourage collaboration – especially between technical and social sector experts. The application allows you to specify partners who will be critical to your work. If your application is selected to receive funding, the applicant organization will be the sole recipient of the funding, but it may sub-fund or subcontract with other organizations to complete the proposed project as long as all organizations comply with the terms of the funding agreement.
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