The Dalles, Oregon

In the community

At Google, we’re committed to playing a positive role in each of the communities in which we operate around the world. Through grant-making and local initiatives, we're working to help businesses, schools, and nonprofits thrive. We're always seeking opportunities for Googlers to share their time and expertise with the local community. Here's a sample of what we're doing in the area.

Google's community contributions by the numbers:

$1.2 billion: Our long-term investment in The Dalles data center facility.

$8.6 million: Total charitable giving dollars we've donated to nonprofits and schools in Oregon since 2008.

$180,000: Google WiFi funding awarded to the City of The Dalles to help implement a free downtown WiFi network.

50%: Percent less energy consumed at Google facilities, compared to a typical data center.

Partnership & events

Google works with local organizations to sponsor several community events each year. From promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to helping small businesses get online, here are some recent examples of our community involvement:

Gorge Gravity Games

As part of our effort to support STEM education in local schools, Google sponsored the second annual Gorge Gravity Games in May 2013. We offered soapbox derby car kits for every middle school and high school in the five Gorge counties of Skamania, Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco and Sherman. Attendees included The Dalles Mayor Stephen Lawrence, State Representative John Huffman and State Senator Chuck Thomsen.

Gorge Robotics Initiatives

The Dalles Data Center has supported FIRST Robotics in the community since 2010, investing more than $200,000 to expand robotics classes in the region. We've worked with partner organizations to offer robotics programs for every public school in the five Gorge counties. With over 50 teams participating in 2012, we've supported more than 10% of teams in the state.

Oregon Google Summit

More than 300 educators from around the state attended the free Oregon Apps for Educators Summit in Portland. This summit included more than 30 virtual and in-person sessions to help educators more effectively use Google Apps for Education in their classrooms, and was sponsored by the Oregon Virtual School District and Compview.

Oregon Get Your Business Online

As part of a larger effort to get the nation's businesses online, Google hosted a seminar in Portland to educate business owners on how to set up and run a successful website. With hundreds in attendance, participants received an easy-to-build website, customized domain name, free web hosting for a year, and online tools and training.


Each year, employees have participated in Google’s annual GoogleServe project, performing a week of community service throughout the area with local organizations. Googlers in The Dalles have partnered with organizations including Home at Last Humane Society, The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, North Wasco County School District 21 Education Foundation, Wasco County Master Gardener Association, Oregon Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT), Celilo Cancer Center and St. Mary’s Academy.

Community grants

Since 2008, Google has awarded more than $8.6 million to Oregon nonprofits and schools in areas that we’re passionate about, including science and technology education, carbon reduction and access to the Internet.

Our grant recipients include:

  • Columbia River Fire & Rescue Volunteer Association
  • North Wasco County School District 21
  • Mid-Columbia Health Foundation
  • Oregon 4-H Foundation
  • Wonder Works Children’s Museum of the Columbia Gorge /li>
  • HAVEN (Help Against Violent Encounters Now!)
  • Columbia River Gorge Technology Alliance

When evaluating proposals, we consider:

  • Impact on the data center community or surrounding areas.
  • Measurable impact of the resources on achieving the mission.
  • Collaboration with other organizations and the ability to leverage other resources in the community.
  • Integration of Google in-kind or volunteer resources to maximize the impact.

Google community grants range from $5,000 to $25,000, and are intended for nonprofit and certain public organizations. We will not fund for-profit companies through this program.

If you believe you have a project or program that fits these guidelines, please register and submit your proposal through our online application. Application deadlines fall on midnight Pacific time on January 31 and June 30.

Green initiatives

Google is also committed to creating a better web that's better for the environment. As part of this effort, we invest heavily in renewable energy. In 2011, we invested $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon. The wind farm is now operational and has the capacity to produce 845MW of energy—enough to power more than 235,000 homes.

To promote sustainability, we've loaned out a portion of our land to the Wasco County Master Gardener Association as part of The Dalles Imagination Garden (DIG) project and partnership. The DIG provides a space for local students to learn about gardening and composting in a hands-on way. In addition to providing the land and related irrigation for the garden, Google employees volunteer with weeding, raking and mulching at the site. We donate all unused produce to a local food bank.

We welcome proposals from data center communities that reduce carbon emissions in the immediate region, including projects that increase the renewable energy mix powering our data centers. Applicants can be nonprofit or for-profit entrepreneurs. We’ll be looking for cost of generation, innovation, and total carbon reduction. You can submit proposals via email to