Google Earth Outreach is a program introduced by Google for specially assisting nonprofit organizations and NGOs in developing countries to spread knowledge using the most recent online technology. Besides providing training to organizations on using online tools like Google Earth and Google Maps for raising awareness on development issues, it also offers grants of Google Earth Pro, Google SketchUp Pro or Maps API Premier. These advanced business-oriented and professional software programs can be utilized by international nonprofits and NGOs in a variety of ways to raise awareness, spread information and build networks. These programs are already been used by organizations like UNDP, UNEP, WWF, Greenpeace for projects like the Millennium Development Goals Monitor, Atlas of our Changing Environment, conservation etc.
These programs, which are otherwise available for a fee, are given as grants by Google for NGOs that share its “mission of community service in areas such as education & culture, environment & science, current affairs, global development, public health and social services.”
Organizations that are eligible to apply are 501(c)(3) status nonprofits and charitable organizations in select countries of Africa, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Google will not award grants to:
- Organizations that are religious or political in nature
- Organizations focused primarily on lobbying for political or policy change
- Organizations that are pending or do not have a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS
Google reserves the right to award grants to any organization. Selections are made at Google’s sole discretion, and decisions regarding Google Earth Pro grant recipients are final. Recipients of Google Earth Outreach grants may not use Google Earth Pro, Google SketchUp Pro or Google Maps API Premier in the course of providing a paid service to other companies or organizations. Please allow up to 3 months for the grants to be awarded.
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