Google Announces Winners of Its Bay Area Impact Challenge
The six groups that won $250,000 grants are the Community Music Center, which spreads the joy of music to older adults; SubArt, which inspires subway riders with immersive public art; BUILD, which empowers high school kids through entrepreneurship; the Mission Asset Fund, which expands credit opportunities for hardworking families; Pogo Park, which revitalizes forgotten neighborhoods through play; and Beyond 12, which coaches students to thrive in college and beyond. The 15 finalists that each received $100,000 grants are the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, which provides health outreach for Tenderloin teens via Short Message Service (SMS); the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which is a restorative justice hub for Oakland young adults with Community Works West; GLIDE, which is cloud-based document storage for the homeless; the Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a collective action effort to reduce violence in the Mission; Lava Mae, a program that provides mobile showers and toilets for the homeless; the Maker Education Initiative, which empowers educators to engage youth in making useful things; MedShare, which helps match surplus medical supplies with community clinics; and the Mural Music and Arts Project, which provides STEAM education through hip hop videos. Also receiving $100,000 grants were the Museum of Children's Art, which is a library arts program for low-income Oakland families; New Door Ventures, which offers skill-building employment for at-risk youth; One Degree, which works to improve access to social services for low-income families; Opportunity Fund Northern California, which provides affordable microloans to help grow small businesses; PUEBLO, which provides a fresh food marketplace for communities; San Francisco Baykeeper, which encourages shoreline protection through mapping and outreach; and Toolworks, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Google often organizes grant programs for nonprofit groups.
In April 2014, Google announced a program in which it is offering grants to organizations that show how they could benefit from the use of Google Glass. The Giving Through Glass competition will award five U.S.-based organizations with a Glass device, $25,000, product support and more, including help from Google developers to make each of the winning Glass projects a reality. The program is an offshoot of one that Google launched in October 2013, when it began a Giving through Glass Explorer program to give a Glass device to five organizations, including the World Wildlife Foundation, to see how it could help them in their work.