GoogleDOTorg Impact Challenge on Climate Innovation 2022 ($5,000,000 in funding)
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Applications are open for the Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate Innovation 2022. The Google.org Impact Challenge (GIC) is an open call to nonprofits, social enterprises, universities and research institutions around the world to submit their ideas for projects that accelerate progress in climate information and action.
Building off of Google.org’s Impact Challenge on Climate in 2020, they are looking for solutions that expand understanding of climate change through data, thereby informing actions and strategies – projects that map emissions on a global scale; that show people the most effective places to restore ecosystems; that help small businesses understand their carbon footprint.
- Selected organizations will receive $5M USD in funding, along with access to Google’s technical expertise and products, to accelerate progress toward a more sustainable and resilient future.
- 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.
- Your organization must have a registered office in your country of residence. Organizations located in Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), or Syria and projects in those countries are not eligible to apply.
- Unfortunately, individuals without organizational affiliation are ineligible.
- 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.
- Applications must be submitted in English.
- Ambition: They are looking for transformational solutions that have potential for global impact. While your idea does not need to immediately reach millions of people globally, you should articulate how it could ultimately do so. They encourage collaboration between multiple organizations, as coalitions may be helpful for achieving the scale of solutions Google.org is hoping to support.
- Impact: Projects should drive tangible, real world impact for both the climate and people. The proposal should explain how it will tackle climate change and/or the extent to which it will support others to do so too. Successful applications will be grounded in data and research.
- Innovative use of technology: Ideas should apply technology by creating or enabling new solutions and approaches. Applications can also propose innovative applications of existing technology – solutions that apply AI and machine learning are encouraged!
- Feasibility: Successful proposals will have well-developed and realistic execution plans supported with the resources and expertise needed for implementation. Taking on big, scalable ideas with technology at their core is difficult, and they look for teams that are equipped to implement the proposed project.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the application window will remain open until November 30, 2022.