Launches $20 Million Google Impact Challenge for Disabilities

Deadline: 30 September 2015 is currently inviting nonprofits around the globe to submit ideas for its Google Impact Challenge with the potential to transform the lives of people with disabilities. Award of $20 million will be provided to nonprofit organizations using emerging technologies to increase the independence of people living with disabilities. People with technological innovation that will create meaningful and positive change for people with disabilities are welcome to submit proposals.

With the goal of building awareness, identifying solutions, and helping create universal access for people with disabilities, Google Impact Challenge wants to award USD 20 million to the biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.

Examples of Innovative Ideas (Previously Awarded)

  • The Enable Community Foundation, which connects people who need prosthetics with volunteers who design and provide 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software, and remote hearing diagnostics was awarded a grant of $600,000 to advance the design, distribution, and delivery of open-source 3D-printed upper-limb prosthetics that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities.
  • The World Wide Hearing will receive $500,000 to develop, prototype, and test an extremely low-cost tool kit for hearing loss using smartphone technology that is widely available and affordable in the developing world.

Organization Eligibility

  • Nonprofits and public charities from any country are eligible to submit an idea.
  • Applicant’s organization must hold valid and current charity status as determined by the legislation of the country of incorporation.
  • The following entities are not eligible to submit ideas: governmental entities and organizations, including, but not limited to, public schools and universities, for-profit organizations and individuals.
  • Universities are not eligible to apply for research support.
  • All ideas must be submitted in English.

How to Apply

Ideas must be submitted via online portal and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Ideas should be

  1. transformative and address not only the change you seek for your organization, but also the change you want to see in the world.
  2. apply technology in a way that is innovative and effective. Technology shouldn’t just make your existing work more efficient; it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches.
  3. involve the development of cutting-edge technology.
  4. be able to articulate a way in which it could ultimately reach a large number of people.

For more information, please visit Google Disability Grants.


  1. adil latif says:

    Greating from sehar foundation (Disabled people organization) working for welfare of disabled community in State of Azad Jammu & kashmir Pakistan. Our organization is currently working on inclusive education and livelihood in our area. Have you have fund to supports our projects on these areas. If yes please send us complete detail of your funds then we will submits proposal. We will thankful for your kind supports.


    • Divya Sharma says:

      Hello Adil,
      We are not a funding organization and do not provide grants. We are a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding.Please see the eligibility criteria and how to apply section on the post and proceed with your application.
      For further information about grants, please feel free to ask.

      Thank you.


    Hello, Am Christian, a Special Education Teacher from Cameroon, I vey hapy with your work to fight for the rights of PWDs. I wish to find out dose the call limits only to areas of technology? what if it concerns “Education for learners wirth disabilities, and or Accessibility?”

    • Divya Sharma says:

      Hello Christian,
      Please check the eligibility criteria in the post for submission of application. Also visit the for more information link provided in the last line of the post. It will provide you all the necessary information related to the post.

      Thank you.

  3. Pramila Bajracharya says:

    Hope Hermitage Nepal is an NGO working on the health issue of Senior Citizen of Nepal. Our priority area of work is on Alzheimer’s and related dementia. As a part of Nepal earthquake response program, we the Age and disability task force (ADTF-N) a working group of protection cluster working on aging and disability in Nepal, to date in the 14 most affected district in Nepal approx. 8 million people and produced 8,676 casualties and injuries to 22,300 people. An estimated 460,000 older people above 60 yrs and between 105,600- 195,960 person with disabilities are believed to be directly affected. Furthermore, among earthquake affected older people and person with disability 163,043 older women aged 65 and over and 39,987 women with disabilities are even more vulnerable and immediate need humanitarian assistance. HHN is providing short term shelter to these elderly injured as older people with disabilities are among the most at risk as they experiences increased difficulties to separation from family members. Hence we have come up with Age and disability task force in Nepal, its a network of national and int’l org. Please provide some information if we are eligible for to submit proposal for recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction for older people and person with disabilities.
    Best, Pramila Bajracharya Thapa, Chairperson, Hope Hermitage Nepal

    • Divya Sharma says:

      Hello Pramila,
      We are not a funding organization and do not provide grants. We are a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding.
      As the fund it for every country worldwide, so Nepal is among the eligible countries.
      For funds related to disaster, you can also visit

      Thank you

      • Pramila Bajracharya says:

        Hi Divya,

        Thank you so much. Your effort to help with the information about latest funding opportunities is much appreciated. I will visit the site you suggested. we would be very grateful to you if you can suggest us more of such relevant site (if any) that would be helpful for us to secure fund for our project.

        Many thanks,

  4. The Children Care Development Organization (CCDO) is a non-profit organization dealing with disabled children and people living with disabilities through reducing disabled children poverty through practical digitization project, but we are lacking support to create more awareness to our global disabled children living under risky environment, injustice, ignorance, diseases and unemployment. Please help us on how to get your application forms

  5. DAVID NABOARE says:

    Am a community mental health officer at Nkwanta district hospital in Nkwanta south district in the volta region of Ghana. How can i get support to solve problems of the mentally challenge in the District. Hoping to hear from you. Thanks

  6. Thanks for the meaures you are putting in place to improve the quality of life for PWDs. I am a student of UEW GHANA Studying COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION AND DISABILITY STUDIES. I will be very grateful to learn more from your programmes in areas of disabilitt and national development. Thank you.