St. Ghislain, Belgium
In the community
At Google, we’re committed to playing a positive role in each of the communities in which we operate around the world. 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 March 2012, we signed a partnership with the Mundaneum, a museum in Mons which celebrates two unique Belgian inventors and pioneers, Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine. We’re sponsoring the current exhibition at the Mundaneum headquarters in Mons, as well as a speaker series on Internet issues with the Mundaneum and our mutual partner, the University of Ghent. We’ll be engaging in other local partnerships over the coming months and years.
To fulfill our goal of hiring locally, we are working with local high 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, re-training, 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 in the future.
We are also committed to creating a better web that's better for the environment. We welcome proposals from data center communities that reduce carbon emissions in the immediate region, including projects that increase the renewable energy mix powering our data centers. Applicants can be nonprofit or for-profit entrepreneurs. We’ll be looking for cost of generation, innovation, and total carbon reduction. To submit proposals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google provides community grants to local NGOs for projects that focus on:
- Boosting science and technology education.
- Improving the environment, with an emphasis on reducing carbon in the atmosphere through conservation and renewable energy.
- Bringing local culture online.
- Providing access to the Internet.
The grants are one-time. We aim to support building new, lasting capacity for an organization and expect the activities to continue into the future without additional funding. When evaluating proposals, we consider:
- Economic, environmental and social impact on the data center community or surrounding area.
- Measurable goals.
- Collaboration with other organizations and the ability to leverage other resources in the community.
- Integration of Google in-kind or volunteer resources to maximize the impact.
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.