When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Google.org committed $50 million in grants focused on areas such as health and science, economic relief and recovery, and distance learning. Now the organization is committing another $50 million, bringing our total contribution up to $100 million.
Additionally, Google.org Fellows will give a total of 50,000 hours to COVID-19-specific projects.
With over 3 million COVID-19 cases and 250,000 deaths worldwide, one of the top priorities has been supporting frontline workers who are battling the virus, as well as data science and disease tracking. Moving forward, Google plans to continue to provide funding, Google.org Fellows, and volunteers to projects that use data analytics and AI to improve understanding of COVID-19 and its impact.
Google.org has committed up to $10.5 million through public-matching campaigns and Googler donation programs to organizations including the World Health Organization to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery for those affected and for frontline workers around the world.
Data on the spread of COVID-19 is critical to understanding how it impacts public health and the economy. With Google.org Fellowships and grants to Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMap consortium and Médecins Sans Frontières in France, Google is supporting the application of AI to develop new tools and models that monitor the spread of COVID-19 and provide real-time information to policy makers and healthcare systems.
Millions have been laid off worldwide as businesses close their doors, and, according to the OECD, these closures are likely to hit small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) hardest. Google has been supporting SMBs, local communities and hard-hit individuals and will continue to prioritize efforts in these three ways.
Google.org has given more than $15 million in cash grants to nonprofits benefiting underrepresented business-owners. Today they are giving a $5 million grant to Common Future to provide capital and technical assistance to 2,000 women and minority small business entrepreneurs in the U.S. Google.org is also making a $5 million grant to Youth Business International to launch a Rapid Response and Recovery Program that will provide critical support services including crisis helplines to more than 200,000 underserved SMBs in 32 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Google.org is committing more than $10 million in immediate crisis relief grants to nonprofits in communities where we have offices around the globe. Local organizations know how to best address food security, care for vulnerable homeless populations, support victims of domestic violence or increase access to mental health care within their communities. Google.org has made over $1 million in grants so far to organizations including the Silicon Valley Strong Fund, Kirkland Small Businesses Relief Fund, and Cambridge Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund in the U.S.. Across Europe, Google.org is providing more than $3 million in grants to local organizations such as Feeding Britain and FareShare in the UK and A Lust for Life in Ireland.
A month ago Google.org kicked off an effort to support GiveDirectly’s cash assistance campaign in the Bay Area. Since then, Google has expanded efforts to support GiveDirectly in 12 other locations across the U.S. which has resulted in donations of more than $8 million (this includes Google.org seed funding as well as Googler and public donations). Google.org has also given $1 million to the Family Independence Initiative and provided grants to support nonprofits providing cash assistance to support vulnerable families in India through GiveIndia, part of $10 million Google.org will be giving to direct cash efforts.
At the peak of school closures due to COVID-19, more than 1.5 billion students around the world could no longer physically attend school. Google.org's $10 million distance learning fund helped schools, teachers and parents continue teaching through this disruption. As part of that fund, Google.org made an initial grant of $1 million to Khan Academy, who will reach over 18 million affected learners every month.
Google.org also made a $2.7 million grant to INCO so that nonprofits in Europe and Asia can digitize learning materials. On Monday, they announced the final component of the $10 million distance learning fund: a $2 million grant to DonorsChoose for their Keep Kids Learning effort. It helps teachers from high-poverty U.S. public schools purchase materials for remote teaching and student care packages containing food, books and school supplies.