Impact Challenge

Your community. Your ideas to make it better. The Impact Challenge asks local nonprofit innovators 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.

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Pittsburgh has always been home to innovators who possess the talent, grit, and determination to think big. The Impact Challenge Pittsburgh rallies the community around bold ideas to create even more economic opportunity in their neighborhoods. With the guidance of local advisors, we'll award four $50,000 grants to local nonprofits. The public will vote for the most impactful idea, and that organization will receive double the funding to kick-start their work.

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Small deeds can make a big difference: more than 30 million people in Germany are involved in nonprofit work, helping to put innovation into action every day. The Impact Challenge Germany will award a total of €4.5M in grant money to 60+ nonprofits, including 50 local projects (€20,000), 10 'lighthouse' projects (€250,000) and some special award winners. The application period features design thinking and digital skills training workshops available to any German nonprofit, and winning organizations–selected by judges and the public–will receive ongoing mentoring from Google employees.

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Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is a city of resilience, innovation, and a spirit of service. The Impact Challenge supports nonprofits with big ideas to make OKC's neighborhoods even better. Applicants have submitted their proposals to create economic opportunity in the Oklahoma City area and we have announced four winners, who will receive $50,000 grants and training from Google to jumpstart their ideas. The public now has a chance to vote for their favorite idea from the four winners, and the winner with the most votes will double their funding.

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Winner spotlights

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.

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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.

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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.

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