Google Maps Engine for Nonprofits & Researchers

As a part of Google Earth Outreach, we grant Google Maps Engine licenses to qualifying organizations who demonstrate a need to host, style, manage and publish their geospatial data in the cloud. Google Maps Engine has a rich set of capabilities for cloud-hosted spatial data management, cartographic styling, publishing and access control.

Google Maps Engine is for organizations who have lots of raster and vector data and are excited to use the cloud-based infrastructure to store, process and publish this data. Set different access permissions for who can view, edit, or publish your map data.

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WWF and Eyes on the Forest use Maps Engine to show deforestation in Sumatra

WWF and its Sumatran partner organization, Eyes on the Forest, are using Google Maps Engine to document historical rates of deforestation in Sumatra and how the habitat of endangered tigers, rhinoceros and elephants are literally shrinking before our eyes.

"Google Maps Engine gives us the ability to take all this information that we have crammed into computers all over the world and to get it up on the cloud and to serve it up on a platform were people can ask for the information they want and use it to tell stories that are powerful." - Carter Roberts, CEO of WWF

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Google Maps Engine Grants accounts include:

  • 10GB Storage quota for raster and vector datasets
  • 250,000 internal pageviews
  • 10 Million external pageviews for publishing data on public-facing websites
  • Technical Support (however, the support team will prioritize paying customers over grantees)

Eligibility and How to Apply

Nonprofits: All organizations must be able to provide proof of charitable tax-exempt status and meet our Policy Guidelines.

In the United States - Click "Apply for a Grant" above to apply for Google Maps Engine. It may take up to 3 weeks for your Maps Engine grant request to be reviewed.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must have current 501(c)(3) status, as assigned by the Internal Revenue Service and meet the other Google for Nonprofits eligibility requirements. Please click on the "Apply for a Grant" link above to apply.

Academic Research Departments: Academic faculty must be using the product for research purposes (not for teaching or classroom use - we are working on offering a similar program through Geo for Educators. Please stay tuned!). You'll need to provide a current .edu email address, as well as cite one published work, provide a link to your department's website where you're listed as a faculty member, and provide an explanation of how Maps Engine will be useful in your research activities. We encourage students to ask their faculty advisors to apply on their behalf. Please click on the "Apply for a Grant" link above to apply. At the moment, this program is available to academic research departments in the United States.


Other countries/regions - We are currently accepting applications from eligible charitable organizations based in:

Please click on your country or region name above to be guided through the eligibility requirements and application process. If your country is not listed, we regret that we have not yet launched this grants program in your country yet.

Google reserves the right to grant or deny an organization's application or participation at any time, for any reason, and to supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time. Selections are made at Google's sole discretion, and are not subject to external review.