Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm is seeking the help of the Bay Area public in selecting which nonprofits will be among the top four nonprofits who will receive a grant of $500,000 each. Ten nonprofits were shortlisted from a list of 750 by judges. It’s an attempt by Google to recognize and award the most innovative companies that are changing the Bay Area. The related challenge dubbed The Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area helps rally the community around bold ideas to make Bay Area neighborhoods even better.


In June, Google.org invited nonprofits to submit their proposals. Altogether, the selected nonprofits will receive $5 million in funding, help from Google volunteers and access to co-working space at the Impact Hub Bay Area. According to Google’s Impact Challenge website, they “looked for projects with innovative approaches, ambitious plans to improve the lives of local residents, and nimble, adventurous leadership teams to execute their vision.”

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Residents of the Bay Area can vote for the projects by October 20. Winners will be announced on October 21. To vote, go here.