Published May 6, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Google.org devoted $50 million in grants focused on the locations where our resources and people can have the most impact: health and science, financial relief and healing, and range knowing. Today we’re dedicating another $50 million, bringing our total contribution up to $100 million.
Health and Science
With over 3 million COVID-19 cases and 250,000 deaths worldwide, one of our top priorities has been supporting frontline employees who are fighting the virus, as well as information science and disease tracking.
Financial Relief and Recovery
Millions have been laid off worldwide as organisations close their doors, and, according to the OECD, these closures are likely to strike small and medium-sized companies (SMBs) hardest. We’ve been providing grants to nonprofits supporting SMBs, regional neighborhoods and hard-hit individuals and will continue to prioritize our efforts in these 3 methods.
SMBs in underrepresented neighborhoods and led by females
We have actually provided more than $15 million in money grants to nonprofits benefiting underrepresented business-owners. Today we’re giving a $5 million grant to Typical Future to provide capital and technical assistance to 2,000 females and minority small company entrepreneurs in the U.S. We’re also making a $5 million grant to Youth Organisation International to release a Rapid Reaction and Recovery Program that will provide important support services consisting of crisis helplines to more than 200,000 underserved SMBs in 32 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Regional community efforts
We’re devoting more than $10 million in immediate crisis relief grants to nonprofits in communities where we have workplaces around the world. Local organizations know how to best address food security, look after vulnerable homeless populations, assistance victims of domestic violence or boost access to mental health care within their communities. We’ve made over $1 million in grants so far to organizations including the Silicon Valley Strong Fund, Kirkland Small Company Relief Fund, and Cambridge Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S. Throughout EMEA, we’re offering more than $4 million in grants to regional companies such as Feeding Britain and FareShare in the UK, A Lust for Life in Ireland, CEAR and Red Acoge in Spain, and the Egyptian Food Bank in Egypt.
Direct money support
Almost 70 percent of U.S. self-employed employees have actually seen a decline in their earnings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Research reveals that offering cash straight is among the most efficient ways to aid individuals in times of crisis. A month ago we began an effort to support GiveDirectly’s cash help project in the Bay Area. Since then, we have actually expanded efforts to support GiveDirectly in 12 other areas throughout the U.S. which has actually led to donations of more than $8 million ( this includes Google.org seed funding along with Googler and public contributions). We’ve also offered $1 million to the Family Self-reliance Initiative and supplied grants to support nonprofits offering cash support to support susceptible households in India through GiveIndia, part of $10 million we’ll be providing to direct money efforts.
At the peak of school closures due to COVID-19, more than 1.5 billion students around the globe could no longer physically participate in school. Our $10 million range learning fund assisted schools, teachers and parents continue teaching through this disruption. As part of that fund, we made a preliminary grant of $1 million to Khan Academy, who will reach over 18 million impacted students every month.
We also made a $2.7 million grant to INCO so that nonprofits in Europe and Asia can digitize learning products and adapt to the new distance finding out environment. On Monday, we revealed the final element of the $10 million range learning fund: a $2 million grant to DonorsChoose for their Keep Children Learning effort. It assists instructors from high-poverty U.S. public schools purchase products for remote teaching and student care bundles containing food, books and school products.
Making it much easier for Googlers to offer back
There are thousands of Googlers excited to offer cash, or their own skills to companies they’re enthusiastic about.
This is one of lots of dedications at Google to assist throughout this crisis, keep people safe and ensure they have access to the details they require.