Google launched a new program called the Global Impact Awards, in which it will give out $23 million in grants to seven non-profit organizations on Tuesday.
The program supports groups that use technology to solve “the world’s toughest human challenges,” according to an Official Google Blog post. Google explained that tech innovators are typically underfunded in the non-profit sector, so grants were awarded for non-profits’ initiatives to change the status quo.
Google awarded Global Impact Awards to the following projects:
– This group will use its $5 million grant to pilot the installation of real-time water monitoring technologies at 4,000 water points across Africa by 2015. Around 800 million people worldwide lack access to clean water sources.
– This group will use its $5 million grant to provide American public schools with startup materials to create around 500 new Advanced Placement (AP) courses in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
World Wildlife Fund
– This group will use its $5 million grant to use “specialized sensors and wildlife tagging technology,” along with ranger patrolling guided by analytic software, to better detect and deter poaching across Asia and Africa.
Consortium for the Barcode of Life
– This group will use its $3 million grant to create and use “DNA barcoding” to protect endangered wildlife. More than 35,000 of the world’s 1.8 million identified species are considered endangered.
– This group will use its $2.4 million grant to scale up its model of “direct mobile technology cash transfer” to impoverished Kenyan families. It also plans to expand operations to a second country.
Equal Opportunity Schools
– This group will use its $1.8 million grant to identify 6,000 “high-performing yet underrepresented students” at 60 high schools to transfer them to advanced classes. Every year, more than 600,000 low-income students across the U.S. don’t get the opportunity to attend advanced classes that could help them succeed in college.
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
– This group will use its $1.2 million grant to support the development of software that analyzes gender portrayals in the media. Its specific aim is to promote a healthier and more positive representation of female characters to children.