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Google’s Global Impact Awards offer

Google’s Global Impact Awards offer

Google's Global Impact Awards are offering £2 million to UK registered charities that are using technology to tackle some of the world's biggest problems.

Four entrepreneurial charities will receive £500,000 each to support implementation of their project, together with support from Google staff.

This is the first time that Google has launched a country-specific challenge. In advice to entrants, the company says that it is looking for creative and data-driven projects that can be scaled to achieve a global impact. They do not need to involve Google products or the creation of new technology.

Previous Global Impact Awards recipients have included projects to use DNA barcoding technology to identify and protect endangered wildlife; to fund successful teachers to bring more underrepresented students into advanced maths and science classrooms; and to use mobile technology to bypass expensive intermediaries and put money directly into the hands of the poor, enabling them to pursue their own goals.

Ten finalists will be announced on 17 May 2013, and a video about each project will be featured for public voting. The panel of judges includes Sir Richard Branson, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Jilly Forster. The four winners will include the charity that secures the highest number of public votes.

The deadline for applications is the end of 17 April 2013.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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