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Google RISE Awards

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We aspire for students to be creators and not just consumers of tomorrow’s technology, and that includes students of all backgrounds.

Google RISE Awards are grants for organizations across the globe that:

  • Promote Computer Science (CS) education
  • Run initiatives that reach girls, underrepresented minorities, and students facing socio-economic barriers under age 18

Visit our eligibility page to learn more about what the RISE program offers and who is eligible to apply.


Eligibility

RISE Award recipients receive:

  • Funding: Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 USD.
  • Access to a global network of CS partners: This includes an invitation to the annual RISE Global Summit and participation in the Google+ online community.
  • Consultancy with Google experts and volunteers: Learn about technical tools & organizational development over the course of 12 months.

In turn, RISE Award recipients are expected to:

  • Report on progress: Demonstrate scale of CS program over one year and keep Google updated on progress by submitting midyear and end of year reports.
  • Share resources across the community: Communicate ideas and expertise on CS outreach programs within the global RISE community.

Organizations are eligible to apply if they have a(n):

  • Emphasis on CS programs: We fund CS organizations that currently run extracurricular computer science programs or STEM organizations looking to start a computer science outreach program.
  • Focus on girls, minorities, low-income students: Programs must target girls and/or underrepresented minority students up to the age of 18. Awards are not open to programs targeting students already enrolled in university or above.
  • Regional reach with potential to scale: Programs should have regional reach (city, county or state) with the potential to scale nationally and collaborate internationally with similarly focused organizations.
  • New program: Previous RISE awardees may apply if adding a new dimension to former programs or launching a new CS program.
  • Questions? For additional questions regarding nonprofit statuses and eligibility, visit our FAQ page.

 

“Our RISE Award has allowed us to look forward and plan to expand our current programs into future years. We weren't in the position to do this otherwise.”

- Rachel Wilkins Patel, HER Ideas in Motion

 

“With the increased support from Google, our major success was our ability to serve 50% more students this summer.”

- Shawna Young, MIT Office of Engineering Outreaching Programs


Eligible countries include:
  • Afghanistan
  • Åland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire, Saba & Saint Eustatius
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos [Keeling] Island
  • Colombia
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands [Islas Malvinas]
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French Southern Territories
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia, Republic of
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Application

How to apply:

The 2015 RISE application period is open from August 18 to September 30, 2014. Recipients will be notified of their grant award in December 2014.

To apply, please click on the appropriate link below by language. You will be taken to our partner site, E-Resources, where you will create a username and profile to access and complete your RISE application.

English

To apply in either English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, or French, click here.

Please note: Once you arrive to our partner site, E-Resources, you will see instructions to create a username and password for your RISE account. Make sure to read these instructions carefully. You will need to complete preliminary information in English regarding yourself and your organization before arriving to the application in your respective language.

Spanish

Para enviar la solicitud en español, francés, inglés, japonés o ruso, haz clic aquí.

Ten en cuenta que, al acceder al sitio de nuestro partner, E-Resources, podrás consultar las instrucciones para crear un nombre de usuario y una contraseña para tu cuenta de RISE. Asegúrate de leer estas instrucciones detenidamente. Tendrás que completar la información preliminar sobre ti y sobre tu organización en inglés para poder acceder a la solicitud en tu idioma.

French

Pour poser votre candidature en anglais, en espagnol, en français, en japonais ou en russe, cliquez ici.

Notez que des instructions pour créer un nom d'utilisateur et un mot de passe pour votre compte RISE figurent sur notre site partenaire, E-Resources. Assurez-vous de les lire attentivement. Avant d'accéder à la page de candidature dans votre langue, vous devez fournir quelques informations en anglais à propos de vous-même et de votre organisation.

Japanese

英語、スペイン語、ロシア語、日本語、フランス語での応募はこちらをクリックしてください

注: パートナー サイトや電子リソースにアクセスすると、RISE アカウントのユーザー名とパスワードを作成するための手順が表示されます。これらの手順をよくお読みください。ご希望の言語で応募手続きを行う前に、まずはご自身と所属されている団体に関する情報をすべて英語でご記入いただく必要があります。

Russian

Чтобы подать заявку на английском, испанском, русском, японском или французском языке, нажмите здесь.

Примечание. На нашем сайте для партнеров, E-Resources, содержатся инструкции по настройке имени пользователя и пароля для аккаунта RISE. Внимательно изучите их. Перед тем, как перейти к заполнению заявки на выбранном языке, вам потребуется указать краткие сведения о себе и своей организации на английском языке.

Award Recipients

Google RISE Awards Recipients

All of our RISE Award recipients are working with diverse student populations to increase access and interest in Computer Science. Google is proud to partner with the following organizations:

2014 North America Award Recipients

Carver School of Technology | The GAETT Program | Atlanta, Georgia

The GAETT Program will serve as an afterschool enrichment program to increase the number of African American females from underserved communities participating in STEM programs in metro Atlanta. GAETT will utilize collegiate mentors from Georgia State University to assist with tutorials, one on one trainings, and community service projects with the girls.

URBAN Teens eXploring Technology | Los Angeles, CA

URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT) encourages inner city teen males to become catalysts of change in their communities. Their approach is to use technology as a fundamental means for promoting positive youth development, leadership and paving the pathway to higher education in STEM majors and careers. They focus on developing teens into a new generation of community and technology leaders.

DiscoverE | Alberta, Canada

DiscoverE is a non-profit initiative at the University of Alberta focused on delivering high-impact camps, workshops, and clubs. Their Girls Coding Club project introduces girls age 9-15 to the exciting world of coding and programming in an inclusive, fun, and engaging environment. It aims to inspire girls to learn how to code and empower them to apply what they learn to be tomorrow’s technology creators.

Globaloria | New York, New York

Globaloria is a K12 learning platform, with courses for 6th-12th graders on designing and coding educational games using industry programming languages and professional practices. Globaloria aims to enable easy integration of STEM and computing into any school or learning environment so that all youth may advance their CS-STEM skills and succeed in today’s digital knowledge economy.

HER Ideas in Motion | Cleveland, Ohio

HER Ideas in Motion is an all-volunteer educational nonprofit helping girls succeed in technology and media by providing access to female role models and providing hands-on, project-based learning. They aim to reach 2,000 girls across Northeast, Ohio by 2020 and develop future female technology professionals.

Institute for Computing Education (ICE) at Georgia Tech | Project Rise Up 4 CS | Atlanta, Georgia

The goal of Project Rise Up 4 CS is to broaden diversity in Computer Science by helping more Black students pass the AP Computer Science A exam. The project provides help sessions, role models, competitions, and a financial incentive. Georgia Tech successfully piloted the project in 2013 and will extend it to Maryland and South Carolina in partnership with Bowie State University, Winthrop University, and South Carolina State University.

MIT: Office of Engineering Outreach Programs | Cambridge, Massachusetts

MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) runs five core programs for middle and high school students to address the low numbers of minority students pursuing advanced technical degrees.

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) | Boulder, Colorado

NCWIT organizes a middle school outreach program that matches NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recipients with participating Academic Alliance or K-12 Alliance members to create and run computing-related outreach programs for middle school girls.

Purdue University Women In Engineering Program | West Lafayette, Indiana

Established in 1969, Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) helps girls and women from kindergarten to graduate school discover and nurture their interests in STEM. From mentoring and career development to hands-on activities and projects, WIEP encourages current and future women engineering students by providing interesting and engaging programming relevant to their lives.

Science Buddies | Carmel, California

Science Buddies is a science website that provides free resources, like science fair project ideas, that reflect cutting-edge research in science education. By incorporating database technology with societally relevant projects, they plan to inspire thousands of girls to use database skills to unravel problems they want to solve.

STARS Computing Corps at University of North Carolina at Charlotte | Charlotte, North Carolina

The STARS Computing Corps is a national alliance with the mission of growing a diverse 21st century technology workforce. The Corps integrates civic engagement into college computing departments with the goals of broadening participation of underrepresented groups in computing, recruiting K-12 students into the computing pipeline, and retaining students in computing majors. STARS Computing Corps collaborate with K-12 schools, industry, and community partners to excite and prepare students for entry and success in college computing programs.

UCLA Foundation | Los Angeles, California

The UCLA Foundation offers Computer Science courses, leadership programs, internships, field trips, and mentoring to make CS more accessible, especially for girls and minorities at UCLA Community School and other public schools in LA.

University of Colorado at Boulder | Scalable Game Design | Lafayette, Colorado

Scalable Game Design is a project based at the University of Colorado at Boulder. It focuses on reinventing Computer Science in public schools by motivating and educating all students, including women and underrepresented communities, to learn about computer science through game design starting at the middle school level.

WizKidz Science and Technology Centers, Inc. | Lawrenceville, Georgia

Wizkidz Science and Technology Centers, Inc. makes a positive difference in the lives of young people from underrepresented groups by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through accessible STEM education. The AutiSTEM initiative introduces students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to computing and technology as a social intervention by exploring the use of a virtual reality and augmented environment interface.

2014 Latin America Award Recipients

Sociedad Chilena de Ciencia de la Computacion | Chilean Olympiad in Informatics | Talca, Chile

The Chilean Olympiad in Informatics (OCI) aims to stimulate interest in Computer Science in high school students in Chile by improving their abilities in abstract thinking, algorithm design, problem solving and computer programming. It comprises a series of activities including a programming competition that selects - on a yearly basis - the Chilean team for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

Universidad Nacional de Cordoba | Cordoba, Argentina

UNC++ is an interdisciplinary team with members from the Education, Psychology and Computer Science departments at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. They are committed to closing the social digital gap through the distribution of socially valid CS knowledge. UNC++ reaches out to K-12 students at their schools by training and coaching K-12 teachers. Their 2014 goal is to develop a national network of several public universities all over Argentina to run K-12 CS courses nationwide.

2014 Europe Award Recipients

CAS #include | Swindon, England

CAS #include is a group of teachers, academics and professionals who are passionate about giving all students the opportunity to study CS. CAS #include runs events for students that introduce them to technology such as Raspberry Pi, and provides support for teachers seeking to integrate CS into their classrooms.

Children's University Foundation | Krakow, Poland

Created in 2007, the Children’s University Foundation has been carrying out educational programs for over 20,000 children aged 6-13. To share their experience with teachers worldwide, the Children’s University Foundation has created an online educational platform with lesson scripts written by researchers, academics, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

Dwengo vzw | Gent, Belgium

Founded by six Belgian engineers, Dwengo supports everyone who wants to help young people explore technology and science in a practical setting. Besides their activities in the Benelux, Dwengo has launched the CErrobotics project in Argentina, in which kids and teachers are trained in building their own robot. Now that these kids and teachers have become technology ambassadors in Argentina, Dwengo wants to launch an international robot week and hands-on workshops in India in order to close the technology gap!

Generating Genius | Surrey, England

Generating Genius is an organization that partners with schools in Jamaica to create a network of computer coding clubs across the island. By using programming to code art work, Generating Genius delivers programs to 13/14 year old girls with connections to four existing multi-cultural girls schools in the UK.

Mezon.Ru | Saint Petersburg, Russia

Mezon.Ru is is opening a learning center for educational robotics, developing methodical materials for senior school teachers, and arranging an international robotics educational competition.

Prologin | Paris, France

Prologin organizes a yearly nationwide Computer Science contest for French students under 21. The contest is a unique opportunity to meet other young Computer Science enthusiasts in a fun and relaxed, but challenging atmosphere.

Ready Salted Code CIC Ltd | Brighton, England

Readysaltedcode is a non-profit organisation whose main purpose is to make available opportunities for a more creative approach to computing education. They use collaborative and innovative projects to engage young people, educators and the wider community.

Romanian Computer Science Teachers Association | Focsani, Romania

UPIR (Uniunea Profesorilor de Informatica din Romania) links Computer Science teachers and students all over Romania with the following goals: promoting CS and IT&C in the national curriculum, providing teachers with training support, supporting students with extracurricular activities, and offering scholarships and prizes for strong performers. They run national/international contests that give students the skills to create applications in schools across Romania with a focus on growing the number of females embracing IT careers.

TeenTech | Bytes and Badges | London, England

TeenTech runs lively large scale events with a supporting awards scheme to help young people understand the opportunities in STEM. TeenTech Bytes and Badges aims to offer extended access to TeenTech activities through social media and online programs, opening opportunities to more students.

VHTO | Amsterdam, Netherlands

To increase the involvement of women and girls in STEM, VHTO organizes guest lectures, mentoring events, work shadowing visits, the yearly national Girlsday for 8,500 students (10-15 years) in 300 companies, and gender training for teachers. Recently, VHTO launched ‘digiVita’, a national program for Girls & ICT. During the program, girls will be trained to take part in the national app design competition, Digibattle.

2014 Middle East Award Recipients

Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) | Jerusalem, Israel

Working together with MIT, MEET's educational program uses Computer Science and entrepreneurship learning to develop a professional network among its students while empowering them individually and as a group to create positive change within their own communities. The project consists of an intense three-year computer science, entrepreneurship, and leadership program for excelling Palestinian and Israeli high school students (age 15-18).

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Award Recipients

Africa ICT Right | Accra, Ghana

Africa ICT Right (AIR) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 with the aim of addressing the critical need for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and training in underserved communities in Ghana as well as close the gender gap in the technology sectors. They partner with schools, technology companies and community organizations to hold free extracurricular after-school program for high school girls.

Audax Solutions Ltd. | Lagos, Nigeria

Audax Code School is an initiative of Audax Solutions Limited, an IT training and consulting company based in Lagos, Nigeria. They are committed to the cause of bridging the opportunity divide between African children and their age mates around the world through high quality STEM education. Together with local and international partners, they offer an in-depth Introduction to Computer Programming in a fun and collaborative environment.

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub) | Lagos, Nigeria

The Co-Creation Hub Nigeria runs an intensive 9-week program that teaches students how to program robots and pairs them with mentors from the tech community.

Coders4Africa | Gaithersburg, Maryland

Coders4Africa (C4A) provides young African coders the infrastructure, logistics and gateway to free, high-quality training in technologies and platforms that currently dominate the software development industry. C4A trainees work on real projects for real clients while receiving a fundamental training in mobile/web application development. This business-oriented approach is designed to open new markets for outsourcing activities in Africa, and creating a workforce that can build technical solutions to local problems.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology | Mbarara, Uganda

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is Uganda’s second public university, whose mission is “to provide quality and relevant education at national and international level with particular emphasis on science and technology and its application to community development”. MUST works to bridge the gender gap by focusing on community outreach programs that encourage girl to pursue STEM courses, such as inspirational talks, TV talk shows and an annual residential camp.

2014 Asia Pacific Award Recipients

Engineers Without Borders Australia | Melbourne, Australia

The Engineers Without Borders High School Outreach (HSO) and Regioneering Programs aim to educate high school students about humanitarian engineering as a profession to help address important global challenges. Their new Coding for Development module will see students learning basic coding for accessible computing in the development context.

Life is Tech! | Tokyo, Japan

Life is Tech! has been running teenage IT education events under the mission of "IT education to ALL Teenagers", in cooperation with universities, IT companies and schools around Japan. They provide camps, classes and online schools to over 5,000 teenagers, enabling them to experience the joy of making things with IT and developing their creativity.

2014 RISE Partnership Award Recipients

Black Girls CODE | Latino Startup Alliance | San Francisco, CA

Black Girls CODE has partnered with the Latino Startup Alliance to launch the LaTecLa Project, which aims to introduce latinas to computer programming and technology entrepreneurship. The LaTecLa Project will combine Black Girls CODE's technology education model with Latino Startup Alliance's expertise in developing technology entrepreneurs through a series of bi-lingual workshops to introduce girls ages 10-17 to mobile entrepreneurship.

Code Club | Technology Will Save Us | London, England

Code Club has partnered with Technology Will Save Us (TWSU). Using DIY technology kits from TWSU, Code Club will get young people into CS and hardware programming through gaming, sports, and social events.

Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (ELiTE) | WAAW Foundation | New York, New York

ELiTE utilizes open source technology to increase access to STEM training across the globe through low-cost labs and experiments coupled with rigorous curricula. WAAW Foundation works to build the pipeline of African girls in STEM and CS, and engage this talent in innovation for the African continent. This year, ELiTE and WAAW Foundation are partnering to provide Computer Science, mechatronics, and robotics programming for girls across Africa.

TECHNIK BEGEISTERT e.V. | Initiative Dortmunder Talent | Fröndenberg, Germany

TB e.V. is an organization of 14 university students who run the German round of World Robot Olympiad, an international robot tournament for kids in the age of 8 – 19 years. With the RISE Partnership Award, TB e.V. plans to grow their education program in conjunction with Initiative Dortmunder Talent, an organization dedicated to educating students and finding talent for the region in and around Dortmund.

Past RISE partner organisations:

2013 North America Award Recipients

2013 Latin America Award Recipients

2013 Europe Award Recipients

2013 Middle East Award Recipients

2013 Africa Award Recipients

2013 Asia Pacific Award Recipients

2012 North America Award Recipients

2012 Europe Award Recipients

2012 Sub-Saharan Africa Award Recipients

2011 North America Award Recipients

2011 Europe Award Recipients

2010 North America Award Recipients

  • Artemis Project | Brown University | Providence, RI
  • BigShot | Columbia University Program | New York, NY
  • Bootstrap Program | Brown University | Providence, RI
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Program | Menlo Park, CA
  • Building an Engineer Day, SWE | California Polytechnic State University | San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Build IT | Girls Incorporated of Alameda County 1| San Leandro, CA
  • Can Wigmunke, the Rainbow Tree Program |
  • Center for Youth Success | ETR Associates |
  • Citizen Schools of New York Program | New York, NY
  • Click! Program | Carnegie Science Center | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Computer Science Diversity Committee | University of Virginia |
  • Computing in Middle School (CIMS) Program | Harvey Mudd College | Claremont, CA
  • CS Program | University of California Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
  • Expanding Your Horizons Program | Oakland, CA
  • First Bytes Camp | University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX
  • Future Meets Present Engineering Conference | SHPE - University of Washington | Seattle, WA
  • GamesByTeens Program | Muskingum University | New Concord, OH
  • Girls Achieving in Non-traditional Subjects Program | Santa Clara, CA
  • Gunn High School Robotics Team | Palo Alto, CA
  • Highland Tech High Robotics Team 1548 | Anchorage, AK
  • IMAGINATION '10 Program | Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA
  • Imagine That! Program | Techbridge |
  • ITEC Pathways Project | Information Technology Empowerment Center | Lansing, MI
  • Los Ingenieros Program | MESA | Santa Barbara, CA
  • MESA Schools Program | Tower Foundation of San Jose State University | San Jose, CA
  • Women's Technology Program | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, MA
  • NSBE Academic Success Program |
  • Women In Computing Program | New York University | New York, NY
  • Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) Program | Berkeley, CA
  • Project GUTS | Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge at Santa Fe Institute | Santa Fe, NM
  • St. Vrain MESA Program | Colorado MESA | Longmont, CO
  • STEM Program | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, MA
  • Technology Leadership Initiative | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA
  • TechREACH Program | Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology | Bothell, WA
  • TechStart Program, Technology Access Foundation | Seattle, WA
  • WISE Program, University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
  • Women in Computer Science Career Day | Purdue University | West Lafayette, IN
  • Women in CS Program | Arizona State University | Tempe, AZ
  • Women in Science and Engineering Program | University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL
  • WOW! That's Engineering Program | Santa Clara Valley SWE | Sunnyvale, CA

FAQs

Eligibility

Q: Do you provide funding for programs outside of CS?

A: The focus of the RISE Awards program is to support Computer Science initiatives. We do not fund web literacy programs, IT troubleshooting, computer literacy programs or ITC training programs.

Q: Must programs have an explicit computer science component to be eligible? Might a math program which produces a lot of very avid computer scientists be considered a good fit?

A: While our focus is on Computer Science, one goal of the Google RISE awards is to promote interest and excitement in CS fields. If your organization runs STEM outreach programs and you would like to add a CS component, you are eligible.

Q: Are RISE applicants required to have 501c3 status? Are there other formal requirements like being an established organization listed somewhere?

A: In the US, if you are not 501c3, you must have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor to apply for RISE. Outside of the US, RISE applicants do not need to have 501c3 status but do need to be a not-for-profit organization. Globally, CS outreach programs affiliated with academic institutions/universities are eligible to apply. To reiterate, US organizations are not eligible to apply if they are not an academic institution, do not have a 501c3 status nor a fiscal sponsor with a 501c3 status.

Q: Can university student organizations apply for funding?

A: Yes, however you must have a computer science faculty or staff adviser participate in the application process and included as a contact if you have not had extensive involvement in CS/STEM outreach programs. Please include contact information in your written proposal. The program being run must be aimed at K-12/Primary or Secondary School students aged 7-18.

Q: Does receiving an award one year guarantee funding for the following year?

A: No. But applicants and selected partners are welcome to apply annually for a RISE Award.

Q: Is an academic institution allowed to submit more than one application at a time for a Google RISE grant?

A: Yes. If you have multiple organizations within the academic institution, they can apply separately for the award should their strategies and goals vary.

Q: Is the program limited to applicants from the United States?

A: No, the program is open to most countries around the globe. For a full list of eligible countries, please see our eligibility criteria here.

Q: We have a CS outreach program at our elementary/middle/high school. Do we qualify for the Google RISE Awards?

A: Outreach programs/extracurricular activities targeting elementary/middle/high school students are eligible for funding if they have a reach wider than just one or two schools. Keep in mind that we do not fund courses or programs that are eligible for college credit.

Miscellaneous

Q: Can I receive feedback on my application?

A: Unfortunately, the RISE team is unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

Q: When will you announce the awards?

A: We announce the 2015 Award recipients in December 2014.

Q: Is it mandatory for recipients to account for monies spent after being awarded funding?

A: Yes, it is mandatory for recipients to provide a written account for monies spent and impact had throughout the year.

Q: How many applications were received last year? And how many organizations were funded in prior years?

A: As you can imagine, we get several inquiries about RISE applications and to remain fair we do not consult or comment on the status of an organization. Also, due to both legal and privacy concerns we do not publish statistics regarding our awards publicly, however you may read about previously awarded organizations on the Award Recipient tab on this site.