Q: Do you provide funding for programs outside of CS?
A: The focus of the RISE Awards program is to support computer science (CS)
initiatives. For reference, the Computer
Science Teachers Association's definition of computer science is: the
study of computers and algorithmic processes, including their principles, their
hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on
Examples include programming, coding, and computational thinking. We do not fund
web literacy programs, IT troubleshooting, computer literacy programs or ITC
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
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 5-18.
Q: Does receiving an award one year guarantee funding for the following
A: No. But applicants and selected partners are welcome to apply annually for a
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.