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Google Impact Challenge Kenya for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises ($250,000 grant) 2018


The Google Impact Challenge Kenya supports nonprofits and social enterprises with game-changing ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities.

Application Deadline: 4th July 2018

Eligible Countries: Kenya

About the Award: Your community. Your ideas to make it better. For the first time, the Google Impact Challenge is coming to Kenya! The Google Impact Challenge Kenya asks local 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 Google.org pairs each winner with a package of strategic support, funding and Google volunteers.

How it Works:

  • Organizations Apply: Eligible nonprofits and social enterprises submit their proposals to create economic opportunity in Kenya.
  • Finalists Selected: Google and our partners will review applications and select 12 finalists.
  • Public Votes: From the 12 finalists, the public will have three weeks to vote for their favorite idea.
  • Final Event and Winners Announced: All 12 finalists are invited to pitch their ideas to our panel of Judges at a final event. The Judges will select three Challenge winners from these finalists, and also announce the people’s choice winner.
  • Training and Support: Each of the four winners will receive a $250,000 grant and training from Google. The remaining 8 finalists will receive a $125,000 grant.

Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility: To be eligible to enter the Google Impact Challenge Kenya, your Organization must meet the criteria listed

  • be a legally registered Kenyan business or nonprofit;
  • suggest a project with a clear charitable purpose, as determined by Google and/or Google’s donor advised fund, the Tides Foundation, in their sole discretion;
  • not discriminate against any person or group of people in either hiring/employment practices or in the administration of programs and services, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity;
  • agree that if you receive an Award, it will not be used for religious instruction.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Community Impact: Does the proposed project create economic opportunity in Kenya? Does it improve the lives of people in our country?
  • Innovation: Does the project present unexpected solutions to unmet needs?
  • Reach: Does it have the potential to scale directly or to serve as a model for other communities? Will its scope grow over time?
  • Feasibility: Is the project plan (or business plan) well thought-out, and the team well-equipped to execute on it?

Number of Awards: 4

Value of Award: 

  • Training and Support: Each of the four winners will receive a $250,000 grant and training from Google. The remaining 8 finalists will receive a $125,000 grant.
  • Finalists get access to Google.org funding, mentorship and resources.


Visit the Programme Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Google

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