Google today announced the launch of the Google Impact Challenge which will be open to non-profit organisations in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.. Google has said that it will be committing $6 million ($2 million per country) worth of grant funding to non-profit organizations which are innovating using technology to reach their goals.
Applications are now officially open for the next 6 months, interested non-profit organizations in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria can apply on the Google Impact Challenge website.
“This is the first time we are running a Google Impact Challenge in Africa. Many African non-profits are doing great work with real impact and we’re keen to shine a light on them, and give a financial boost to innovative projects and ideas. We believe technology can help local and national organisations to better reach their goals and solve some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, and we are eager to back people who are using technology in new ways to make a positive difference in their communities. We also want to highlight the healthy state of social enterprise in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa today, and encourage non-profits to consider how technology can help them reach their goals,” said Mzamo Masito, CMO at Google Africa, at the launch of the Google Impact Challenge in johannesburg, South Africa.
Other Google Impact Challenges around the world have supported ideas ranging from smart cameras for wildlife conservation to solar lights for off-grid communities to a mobile application that helps to protect women from domestic violence. Winners for the Afrikan leg of the Google Impact Challenge will be decided by a panel of local country judges and a public vote. The public vote provides a chance for the people to decide which organisation gets an extra portion of funding to help them impact their community. The winning non-profit organizations will get cash as well as access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google, which they are free to take up should they so choose.