Impact Challenge

Your community. Your ideas to make it better. The Impact Challenge asks local nonprofit innovators and social entrepreneurs how they would make their community—and beyond—an even better place. The public and a panel of local judges vote for the ideas with the most potential, and pairs each winner with a strategic package of support including funding and Google volunteers.

Challenge Spotlight


Google AI Impact Challenge

At Google, we believe that artificial intelligence (AI) can meaningfully improve people’s lives, and that the biggest impact will come when everyone can access it. That’s why is excited to support organizations that are using the power of AI to address social and environmental challenges. We’ve selected organizations from all over the world, addressing problems from environment to health to equality. Each grantee will receive customized support to help bring their ideas to life: coaching from Google’s AI experts, grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud, and more.

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We bring the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges and provide opportunity for everyone. For us, that means supporting communities around the world, and being a good neighbor in the place where Google started - the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s why we’re excited to launch the Impact Challenge Bay Area, an open invitation to local nonprofits to submit their ideas for positive social change in the Bay Area. 35 selected organizations will share a pool of $10M in funding and receive support from Google to make their ideas reality. We’re excited to see what ideas nonprofits from across the Bay Area are working on—and we’re looking forward to supporting them and making the Bay Area a place where everyone can thrive.



When it comes to keeping people safe, it takes a village. For us, that means doing all we can to make our products safer and giving people the tools—through our products or training—to have great experiences online. It also means thinking beyond just our corner of the internet and supporting the work of others in Europe.

That is why we’ve launched the Impact Challenge on Safety, a €10m fund to support nonprofits and social enterprises across Europe that are working to counter hate and extremism and are helping young people to thrive online and offline.

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Increased access to digital tools and resources can help improve individuals’ lives and improve broader society.

As new ways to use technology are developed, it’s crucial that they are inclusive of marginalized communities.

That’s why we created the Impact Challenge on Digital Inclusion, a €3M fund to support nonprofits and social enterprises in France that are working to drive digital literacy, the future of work, and innovation for accessibility.

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Statewide Impact Challenges rally communities across the United States behind bold ideas to make our neighborhoods even better. Local nonprofits submit innovative proposals to create economic opportunity and five winners receive $175,000 in grants and training from Google to jumpstart their ideas. The public then has a chance to vote for their favorite idea from the five winners. The winner with the most public votes will receive an additional $125,000.


Winners spotlight

Bay Area

Hack the Hood

The big idea: Give students real-world technology training by connecting them to local small businesses that need websites. We gave them a $500,000 grant, and more than 200 Google volunteers pitched in to help bring their dream to scale. In 2016, Hack the Hood and its 9 regional partner organizations held 12 summer bootcamps throughout the broader Bay Area.


Libraries Without Borders

The big idea: Deploy portable libraries around the world to give refugees access to quality educational resources. We gave Libraries Without Borders a €500,000 grant and a group of Google volunteers spent a year consulting with them on the best strategy to industrialize the production of the Ideas Box, reducing costs to increase scale.



The big idea: Develop a mobile directory of critical support services for the 1 in 200 Australians who are homeless each night, nearly 80% of whom have access to a smartphone. We gave Infoxchange a $500,000 grant and paired them with a Google volunteer mentor to extend their reach. They now list more than 350,000 organizations nationwide.

Past Challenges