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Google RISE Awards

We believe Google has an important role to play in equipping youth from all backgrounds with the skills to be creators, and not just consumers, of technology.

Our global economy is shifting and computer science is becoming an essential skill that leads to economic and social mobility. It is a tool to solve problems and create solutions in ways we can’t even imagine today. Computer science can lead to rewarding, higher wage jobs and the creation of new companies.

And there is tremendous opportunity. By 2020, there will be 1 million new, unfulfilled computer-related jobs in the U.S. and over 800,000 in the EU alone. The story is similar in many countries around the world -- the supply of computer scientists is not keeping pace with demand.

Yet access to computer science education is not equitable.

Our own research shows significant gaps in access to computer science (CS) in formal education. Further:

What can we do to help reverse these trends?

The RISE program supports and connects not-for-profit organizations around the world to increase equity in CS education with a focus on girls, minorities who are historically underrepresented in the field, and youth from low-income communities.

Visit our Guidelines to learn more about what the RISE Awards offer and who is eligible to apply.

Check out our videos below to learn about the impact our RISE Award recipients are making around the world.

From New York to Nigeria, two organizations unite their efforts to inspire girls across Africa with Computer Science.

Reinventing Computer Science through online game design for students from diverse backgrounds.

Bringing Computer Science to life for girls across the UK through ballet.


  • RISE Awards include:

    • Capacity building: Access to a 12-month capacity building program that connects awardees with Google expertise
    • Financial support: Grants of $10,000-$25,000
    • Operational support: Customized to the needs of the organization, such as volunteers or pro bono consulting
    • A community of practice: Continued peer engagement through a community of practice connects awardees, alumni, and beyond so that communities around the world can learn from best practices and lessons learned
  • Priority is given to applicants that:

    1. Are small and mighty with the potential to scale through programmatic expansion or achieve broader reach by sharing information with other organizations
    2. Operate with clearly defined objectives, viable plans to achieve them, and a track record of success that the program can be executed as described
    3. Have deep roots in the community the program seeks to benefit, including partnerships or collaboration to continue engaging youth
    4. Implement a program that is connected to a compelling problem and there is evidence that the project is needed in the community
    5. Are data driven, and can provide evidence of quantifying impact or have a clear plan in place for measuring impact in the future
    6. Meet all funding priorities, including:
      • CS programs in out-of-school time: We fund organizations that currently run extracurricular computer science programs.
      • Addressing inequity: Programs must serve girls, underrepresented minorities, or youth in low-income communities
      • Pre-university age youth: Programs should benefit youth up to the age of 18 and are not open to programs for students already enrolled in university or above
      • Not-for-profit organizations: RISE Awards are limited to not-for-profit organizations with charitable registration status or a fiscal sponsor from one of the countries listed below
  • RISE does not fund:

    • Formal education activities in government schools as part of the regular curriculum
    • Initiatives without intention to scale (e.g., single site or classroom initiatives)
    • Activities to promote one religion, denomination, political party, or candidate
    • Local chapters of a national or global organization that are seeking to implement an already developed program in their chapter
    • Teacher professional development programs (please see CS4HS for funding PD programs)
    • Brand new initiatives that have not yet been implemented
    • One time activities or events
    • Fundraising events
    • Capital campaigns
    • Endowment funds
  • Questions?For additional questions regarding eligibility, visit our FAQ page.

  • Eligible countries:

    • 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


How to apply

The Google RISE program is currently accepting applications through September 23, 2016.

To apply, please complete and submit this application by the deadline.

About the application process

All applications go through the following steps each application cycle:

  • Application submitted
  • Application received
  • Every application reviewed by multiple reviewers made up of education, computer science, and regional experts within Google
  • Scores submitted to program team
  • Top applications reviewed by program team
  • Top applications reviewed by core program committee
  • Due diligence conducted on finalists
  • Applicants notified of acceptance or decline approximately 8 weeks from the application deadline
  • Award winners announced publicly

Scoring criteria

All submitted applications will be reviewed and scored according to categories that are directly aligned with the guidelines we have outlined on our website. Successful RISE applications typically excel in every single category.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive each year, we are regretfully unable to respond to individual requests for feedback.

RISE Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

  • North America

    • DIY Girls | Los Angeles, CA - USA

      DIY Girls offers after-school and in-school programs that integrate engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success. Through hands-on STEAM and making activities, girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions. DIY girls make real things, invent and test their own products, and learn practical skills that can be applied creatively.

    • Georgia Tech Institute for Computing Education | Atlanta, GA - USA

      RISE Up 4 CS helps African American and female students pass the Advanced Placement Computer Science exam by offering help sessions through a local college/university. Webinars and in-person hands-on sessions are run by undergraduate students who also serve as role models.

    • LA Makerspace | Los Angeles, CA - USA

      LA Makerspace is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to increase access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning for everyone. The LA Makerspace Scratch Squad is a team of young coders who have been trained to teach other kids how to code with Scratch. Headquartered at the LA Makerspace, they are dispatched around Los Angeles to help anyone who wants to start making their own software.

    • Ladies Learning Code | Toronto, Ontario - Canada

      Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to become the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders - not just consumers - of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social and collaborative way.

    • Latinitas | Austin, TX - USA

      Serving Latina girls and teens through after school clubs, weekend workshops, teen internships, camps and conferences, Latanitas equips girls with a wheelhouse of multimedia production skills and technology training –from digital photography to robotics.

    • MESA | Oakland, CA - USA

      MESA is a program administered out of the University of California Office of the President that focuses on providing educationally and economically underserved students with skills and resources to be successful in STEM.

    • National Girls Collaborative Project | Seattle, WA - USA

      NGCP is a national organization that focuses on bringing together STEM efforts across the U.S. for greater collaboration in encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers.

    • Operation Spark | New Orleans, LA - USA

      Operation Spark's core mission is to help low-opportunity individuals gain the skills needed to acquire well-paying jobs in the software industry. Code schools rapidly prepare individuals for the workforce in a period of 4 to 6 months to address the skills gap in the tech industry.

    • South End Technology Center @ Tent City | Boston, MA - USA

      Located within the first Fab Lab established outside of MIT and the low-income housing association, SETC offers residents open access to computers, free classes, workshops, and tutorials based on their interests and needs to bring out the best in high-school aged youth.”

    • Springboard To Opportunities | Jackson, MS - USA

      Springboard builds pathways for adults, children, and families to realize their dreams through our partnerships with real estate developers, property management companies, neighborhood leaders, community stakeholders and residents, school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

    • Techbridge | Oakland, CA - USA

      Techbridge inspires girls in underserved communities to discover a passion for science, technology and engineering through hands-on learning and real-world exposure. By working with families, role models, school districts, and partners, Techbridge provides the guidance girls need to on the path to success.

    • Teens Exploring Technology | Los Angeles, CA - USA

      TXT uses coding as a catalyst that can take young men of color and turn them into technology leaders who build positive communities.

    • Women's Audio Mission | San Francisco, CA - USA

      WAM is dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in digital media technology and the recording arts through the highly successful Girls on the Mic program which incorporates Computer Science curriculum as a critical component of audio technology development.

  • South America

    • Instituto Vidas | Planaltina - Brazil

      Instituto Vidas promotes entrepreneurship in computer science by inspiring the creativity of students to turn their ideas into projects that benefit their community and their own lives.

    • Laboratoria | Lima - Peru

      Laboratoria trains young women from low-income backgrounds as web developers through an immersive 6-month program, and then connects them with companies in need of their talent by giving girls without access to higher education the opportunity to start a career in tech.

    • Olimpíada Paraibana de Informática | Campina Grande - Brazil

      The Paraiba State Olympiad in Informatics aims to improve students' abilities in logic, algorithm design and problem solving in the state of Paraíba in Brazil. The goal is to promote Computer Science to low-income K-12 students by organizing a number of training camps and contests.

  • Europe

    • Athlone Education Centre | Athlone - Ireland

      Athlone Education Centre provides support for teachers, principals, Boards of Management and allied school personnel for over 200 schools in counties Offaly, Westmeath, Galway and Roscommon.

    • Association of Hungarian Women in Science | Budapest - Hungary

      The Association of Hungarian Women in Science (NaTE) supports girls in science and technology through a country-wide network of professionals working in STEM fields who are committed to a gender balance in academia, technology, research & development, and innovation.

    • Fondazione Mondo Digitale | Rome - Italy

      FMD works for an inclusive society by promoting knowledge sharing, equal opportunities, social innovation and social inclusion, with particular attention to those at risk of exclusion.

    • France-ioi | Paris - France

      France-ioi helps young students of all backgrounds discover and learn computational thinking, programming, and algorithmics, at home and in the classroom, through self-paced, interactive resources that are available for free online.

    • Programamos | Montequinto - Spain

      “We Program” was formed by educators from kindergarten to university researchers, and computer professionals to teach computational thinking and programming to increase creativity, imagination, independence and initiative of young people.

    • Vratsa Software | Vratsa - Bulgaria

      Vratsa Software is a nationally recognized program offering free weekend CS courses and training programs for youth in Bulgaria.

    • Incubator STARTER | Gdansk - Poland

      Established as a business incubator, Incubator STARTER’s youth programs inspire creativity and curiosity in children and teenagers through CS, business, and creative workshops to increase entrepreneurial skills and address inequalities in education.

  • Middle East

    • Partners for Sustainable Development | Al-Bireh - Palestine

      PSD works with stakeholders including relevant ministries, universities, public schools, and students, to rethink how education stakeholders can create a learning environment that equips students of all ages and backgrounds with the confidence, critical thinking, and technical experience required to thrive in a global society.

  • Africa

    • Innovate South Africa | Cape Town - South Africa

      Innovate South Africa encourages social innovation throughout South Africa by empowering young people to tackle critical problems in their community with self-designed solutions. Innovate South Africa leads two major projects, Innovate the Cape and Code for Cape Town.

    • Learn Again | Kumasi - Ghana

      The Learn Again Foundation was started by a group of CS students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Students are enrolled in Extracurricular CS activities created and monitored by the foundation in over 20 partnering schools in the Ashanti Region and beyond.

    • Women In Technology Uganda (WITU) | Kampala - Uganda

      Women in technology Uganda is an initiative that seeks to encourage, inspire and train more women and girls in the tech field through networking, training, mentoring and partnering so as to increase the number of girls and women in tech, the number of tech women entrepreneurs.

  • Asia

    • Code to Inspire | Herat - Afghanistan

      CTI provides a safe and secure educational environment for students to develop their technical skills, build self confidence and learn the value of teamwork and cooperation by building a network of Afghan women in the emerging Afghan tech sector to help foster female-led projects to create an abundance of employment opportunities.

Past RISE Partners:

2015 Award Recipients

North America

South America


Middle East

Sub-Saharan Africa

RISE Partnership Award Recipients

2014 North America Award Recipients

2014 Latin America Award Recipients

2014 Europe Award Recipients

2014 Middle East Award Recipients

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Award Recipients

2014 Asia Pacific Award Recipients

2014 RISE Partnership Award Recipients

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



Q: Are general STEM programs or other youth development programs eligible to apply?

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 society. Examples include programming, coding, and computational thinking. We do not fund web literacy programs, IT troubleshooting, or computer literacy programs such as software training.

Q: Are other programs with an explicit computer science component to be eligible? For example, a math program which produces a lot of very avid computer scientists?

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 has added a CS component to your program, you are eligible to apply.

Q: Can I talk to someone on the RISE team about my application?

A: In order to make the RISE Awards fair and impartial, it is our policy not to consult on individual applications. We want to highlight the best organizations around the world based on the merits of their programs, and not advantage organizations that are able to contact us.

Q: I have a contact at Google. Will a referral give me an advantage in the application process?

A: No. Applications are reviewed by multiple people who must certify that they have no prior contact with the organization, and the scoring rubric does not include any referral advantage. We do appreciate knowing the connection so that we can keep your contact updated, so please tell them to contact us.

Q: Are RISE applicants required to have registered charity (e.g., 501c3) status? Are there other formal requirements like being an established organization listed somewhere?

A: In the U.S., you must have 501c3 status or have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor to apply for RISE. Outside of the U.S., RISE applicants do not need to have 501c3 status but do need to be registered as a charitable not-for-profit organization.

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 year?

A: No. But applicants and selected partners are welcome to apply annually for a RISE Award as long as they have completed the current grant project. The RISE Awards is not an ongoing grant program and we typically do not fund organizations for more than two years.

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. Individual organizations, however, are not allowed to submit multiple applications in one application cycle.

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.


Q: Can I receive feedback on my application?

A: Unfortunately, the RISE team is unable to provide feedback on individual applications. The review process is rigorous and we receive a lot of quality applications each year. In some cases we refer organizations to other funding sources within Google for applications that are exceptional but not a perfect fit for the RISE program. In the end, however, it comes down to us only being able to offer a limited number of grants.

Q: When will you announce winners?

A: We will announce the RISE Award recipients within 8 weeks of the close of the application. All applicants will be contacted regarding an acceptance or decline prior to the public announcement.

Q: If I am provided a RISE Award, will I be required to provide reports?

A: Yes. Organizations receiving a RISE Award are asked to complete a mid-year and final report on the progress of their organization during the course of 12 months from the start of the grant year, including the number of students benefitted.

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: I submitted my application but would like to withdraw it, can I have it deleted?

A: Yes. Email and we will delete your application.

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

A: The RISE Awards is a very competitive grant program and we receive a large number of applications each year. While we do not publish the number of applications received annually, information on past RISE Awards recipients can be found on the Award Recipients tab on this site.