Google is today urging nonprofits, social enterprises and educators across Dublin city to submit their entries to the Google.org Dublin Impact Challenge before the closing date on Thursday 6th December.
The Google.org Dublin Impact Challenge is a new €1million fund to support organisations whose innovative ideas for change are making an impact locally. It is Google’s biggest-ever initiative to support local communities throughout Dublin.
The winning projects will be working in areas such as community, employment, healthcare, education and the environment. Fifteen winning projects will each receive €50,000 in grant funding and training. From these fifteen projects, five will be selected to receive an extra €50,000 of grant funding, four of these projects will be selected by an independent panel of judges and the fifth chosen by a public vote.
The panel of judges overseeing the additional grants includes:
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Nial Ring;
Senator Lynn Ruane
Mary Rose Burke(CEO of Dublin Chamber)
Bernard Brogan (Dublin GAA legend)
Sinéad Burke (Academic, writer & advocate)
Roisin Ingle (Irish Times journalist )
Tomás Sercovich (Business In The Community CEO)
Fionnuala Meehan (Head of Google in Ireland)
Commenting on the initiative, Vice President and head of Google in Ireland, Fionnuala Meehan said, "We’re looking to fund projects that are tackling some of the biggest social challenges in our communities across Dublin. We’ve seen great social action on our own doorstep in Ringsend and Irishtown and this is an opportunity for us to partner with community groups and social entrepreneurs across the city in order to improve our city for all its citizens."