Impact Challenge

Your community. Your ideas to make it better. The Impact Challenge asks local nonprofit 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 pairs each winner with a strategic package of support including funding and 1:1 mentorship.

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Latin America

From April to November, we’re searching for Latin American nonprofits with innovative ideas to build a better world, faster. With the help of local judging panels and the public, we’ll award a total of 15 grants to nonprofits based in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Colombia—and send one country winner to pitch for additional support at a regional competition in Mexico City.

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Winner spotlights

Bay Area

Hack the Hood

The big idea: Give students real-world technology training by connecting them to local small businesses that need websites. We gave them a $500,000 grant, and more than 200 Google volunteers pitched in to help bring their dream to scale. In 2016, Hack the Hood and its 9 regional partner organizations held 12 summer bootcamps throughout the broader Bay Area.

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Libraries Without Borders

The big idea: Deploy portable libraries around the world to give refugees access to quality educational resources. We gave Libraries Without Borders a €500,000 grant and a group of Google volunteers spent a year consulting with them on the best strategy to industrialize the production of the Ideas Box, reducing costs to increase scale.

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The big idea: Develop a mobile directory of critical support services for the 1 in 200 Australians who are homeless each night, nearly 80% of whom have access to a smartphone. We gave Infoxchange a $500,000 grant and paired them with a Google volunteer mentor to extend their reach. They now list more than 350,000 organizations nationwide.

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