St. Ghislain, Belgium
In the community
Google is a global technology company that supports investment and job creation in regional communities across Europe.
Through grant-making and local initiatives, we're working to help businesses, schools, and nonprofits thrive. We're always seeking opportunities for Googlers to share their time and expertise with the local community.
In other words, as Google grows, our communities grow.
But don’t just take our word for it. See and hear the stories of community members from our St. Ghislain communities here.
To fulfill our goal of hiring locally, we’re working with local schools, colleges, and universities to help them develop and enhance their technology programs. In doing so, we hope to help grow the members of the community who are just entering the workforce, retraining, or progressing in their career paths. We want to help invigorate participation and opportunity in technology, increase knowledge in the community, and benefit potential employers in the area.
An example is our partnership with the HELHa in developing an advanced degree Data Center Engineering Program intended for people with a technical bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience. The training is focused on the maintenance of data centers.
Google provides community grants to local NGOs for projects that focus on:
- Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- Efforts to bridge the digital divide
- Carbon reduction or green initiatives with regional impact
- Nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening the technology startup or entrepreneurial ecosystem
- Technology infrastructure for nonprofits, cultural institutions, and schools that will use technology to broaden impact and reach audiences in new ways
When evaluating proposals, we consider:
- Location and geographic impact in the immediate community surrounding one of our offices or data centers
- Measurable and demonstrable benefit to the community – the number of people who will benefit and how that impact will be quantified
- Organizational capacity that may include a track record of implementing programs
- Integration with other community resources within the focus area, such as other nonprofits and government entities with similar goals
- Innovative approaches that, if successful, have potential for replication
Google community grants range from €10,000 to €50,000 and are intended for nonprofit and certain public organizations. We will not fund for-profit companies through this program. If you believe you have a project or program that fits these guidelines, please register and submit your proposal through our online application.