Google has revealed its plans to donate $2m worth of grant to nonprofits in Nigeria through its newly launched Impact Challenge.
Speaking at the launch of Impact Challenge in Lagos, the Country Marketing Manager, Google, Affiong Osuchukwu, explained that the grant would be awarded to nonprofits that were innovative, using technology to reach their goals.
She said Google was issuing an open call for nonprofits in Nigeria to apply to receive their share of $2m in funding.
She said four nonprofits in Nigeria would win $250,000 each while eight runners-up would each get $125,000.
She added that winners would be decided by a panel of local judges, and a public vote, providing a chance for the people to decide which of the organisations should get an extra portion of funding to help them impact their community.
Osuchukwu said the winning nonprofits would get cash as well as access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google.
“This is the first time we are running a Google Impact Challenge in Africa. Many African nonprofits are doing great work with real impact and we are keen to shine some light on them, and give a financial boost to innovative projects and ideas. We believe technology can help local and national organisations to better reach their goals and solve some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, and we are eager to back people who are using technology in new ways to make a positive difference in their communities,” she said.